Last Updated on August 4, 2020
Does the gut microbiome influence your weight?
I’ve been telling people now for 20 years plus that if they get their gut in great shape, that the weight will fall off, and it’s been validated now in several studies.
A study out of the Mayo clinic followed 26 obese adults over a 90 day periods. The researchers found that one group of people had a 527% greater weight loss than the other group.
The amount of exercise and the type of diet was the same for the two groups of people. The difference between the two groups was the gut bacteria.
The group that had lost the most weight had a large amount of Phascolarctobacterium in their gut compared to the other group.
The first group lost an average of 17.4 pounds, and the second group lost an average of 3.3. pounds.
The second group had ore Dialister bacteria than the first group. Dialister consumes carbohydrates. Therefore it can interfere with the people obtaining energy and nourishment, leading to a desire to eat more and more.
What this study demonstrated is that even though the diet can be the same, if the bacteria are different, that weight is not going to come off.
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The University of Copenhagen did a very interesting study.In this study, there were 62 people divided into group A and group B. Group A followed a very healthy Mediterranean
Group B were put on the Standard Danish diet, which is similar to the Standard American Diet (SAD). SAD is high fat, high salt, high sugar, white bread, lots of margarine, and deep fried foods.
When they looked at both of these groups, group A had a weight loss of 7.7 pounds. Group B had a weight loss of 3.7 pounds.
When they examined group A, they found two types of subjects in
group A. One group lost a lot of weight and the other not so much. The group that lost the most weight in group A had a particular ratio of Bacteroides and Prevotella.
This study points out that despite a good diet if you haven’t got good levels of Bacteroides and Prevotella, you still might not lose weight.
A healthy gut microbiome results in better fermentation and better levels of long-chain fatty acids. These long-chain fatty acids make sure that the hormones that regulate appetite are made in sufficient amounts.
The other thing I like to talk about is metabolic endotoxemia.
When you have bacteria that die in your gut, they leave cell fragments behind. Yeast will also leave cell fragments behind that need to be cleaned up.
In people with a leaky gut, this clean up doesn’t happen. The end result is metabolic endotoxemia, which is a fancy word for a sick, dysbiotic gut.
This situation occurs a lot in people who are overweight or obese. Along with metabolic endotoxemia comes fatigue, poor sleep, poor libido, anxiety, and depression.
That’s when people head to the doctor. They get put on half a dozen drugs, puts them in a downward spiral.
Now the way to avoid metabolic endotoxemia is by having a very good diet, eating good foods all the time, trying to work on relaxation, and improving your lifestyle.
Healthy gut bacteria produce an ample supply of short-chain fatty acids. Short-chain fatty acids are the by-products of bacterial fermentation of healthy foods. One of these fatty acids is called propanoate, and it has a vital role in regulating appetite.
Taken together, the research proves eating healthy food, creating healthy bacteria in the gut, means you’re going to have a way better chance of having an appropriate body weight.