I have never liked the idea of taking a weight loss pill. There are no short cuts to weight loss, or maintaining a healthy weight – it all comes down to calories in vs. calories out. That being said, working out and eating healthy did not always result in weight loss for me. However, after doing the research for the “It’s All About the Gut” article, I realized that an imbalanced gut microbiome will doom any diet because the bacteria in your gut don’t just digest food, they regulate metabolism, appetite and cravings, too. But, there are trillions of microbes in your belly that will help you lose weight if you feed them. It all begins with probiotics and prebiotics.
So, perhaps there is a miracle cure for those love handles after all – it just isn’t the stimulants that most companies try to sell – it’s all about probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are a type of good bacteria, similar to the ones that already reside in your gut. Prebiotics are plant-fiber compounds that help stimulate the growth of good bacteria. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that the microbiome can be influenced by the foods we eat. These studies have shown that a typical Western diet (ie the McDonald’s diet), one that is high in fats and low in fiber, encourages a type of “obese” bacterial family to populate our GI tract. Conversely, a diet high in plant foods and fiber encourages a type of “slim” bacterial family to colonize our digestive tract. Another interesting tidbit, the obese bacteria (or as I call them “assholes”) cause you to crave the food that will cause them to thrive, and when you don’t feed them and they begin to die, they cause headaches and stomach aches and otherwise are assholes.
People with large and diverse bacterial populations in their digestive tract tend to be less prone to obesity than people with low microbial diversity. So, how do you get a diverse microbe in your gut? By taking probiotics and prebiotics. And since my life is complicated enough, I like things to be simple when they can. So, when tipsntrends gave me a sample of Lean Biotics Weight Management system, I was excited to give it a try because it has all the probitics and prebiotics that you need for a healthy gut.
- Three-in-one kit includes LeanBiotics™ Cleanse, LeanBiotics™ Prebiotic and LeanBiotics™ Probiotic.
- Step 1: Cleanse Your Microbiome. LeanBiotics™ Cleanse is formulated with a blend of 10 herbs to support the body’s natural gastrointestinal detoxification processes and enhance digestive health plus 250 mg of cascara sagrada to promote regularity.
- Step 2: Nourish Your Microbiome. LeanBiotics™ Prebiotic is formulated with glucomannan, a prebiotic fiber derived from Konjac root and inulin, a prebiotic derived from Jerusalem artichoke. Both fibers stimulate the growth of beneficial species in your digestive tract.
- Step 3: Replenish Your Microbiome. LeanBiotics™ Probiotic boosts the number and diversity of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract by 16 billion CFUs and nourishes them with prebiotic inulin.
At the end of 2 weeks, I lost 3.6 pounds without doing anything differently. Actually, that isn’t true…I had a bad day and bought two pints of ice cream and a box of 4 cheese Cheez-Itz and ate them all in a matter of 36 hours. But other than that, my diet was the same, as were my workouts. That junk food slip up aside, I still lost over 3 pounds. But more importantly, I felt better and slept better. And, if you are one of those freaks of nature that only eats when you are hungry, then it will probably work even better for you, because I found that I wasn’t nearly as hungry as normal. The only thing that was difficult about the program was to remember to take the prebiotic 30-45 minutes before I ate. As I do not have a scheduled time that I eat each day, this wasn’t always easy. However, it did get me to avoid running through a drive-thru because I hadn’t taken them 🙂
Bottom line: If you aren’t taking Probiotics, you should be.
Disclaimer: I received the Lean Biotics Weight Management system as a gift. However, the opinions above are my own.