The 100 trillion bacteria that live in your digestive tract—which make up 90 percent of the cells in your body—are the real reason you gain or lose weight. When those microbes are out of balance, chronic health conditions can occur, including irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and obesity. By balancing the good and bad bacteria, you can finally achieve your ideal weight—for good.
In The Skinny Gut Diet, New York Times bestselling author, public television icon, certified nutritional consultant, and digestive health expert Brenda Watson offers an insightful perspective on the little-known connection between weight gain and an underlying imbalance of bacteria in the gut, or what she calls the “gut factor”—the overlooked root cause of weight gain. Drawing upon the latest scientific research, Brenda illuminates the inner workings of the digestive system and provides instructions for achieving a healthy bacterial ecosystem that spurs weight loss by enabling the body to absorb fewer calories from food, experience reduced cravings, and store less fat. The premise is simple: curtail sugar consumption (and its surprising sources) and eat more healthy fats, living foods, and protein to balance the gut bacteria. The result? A skinny gut.
The Skinny Gut Diet centers around an easy-to-follow diet plan. A 14-day eating plan, dozens of delicious recipes and sage advice help you achieve—and maintain—digestive balance and sustained weight loss. With inspiring real-life stories of ten individuals who transformed their health on the Skinny Gut Diet, Brenda empowers you to become your own health advocate so that you can finally shed unwanted pounds and enjoy optimal health and vitality.
I was interested to read this book because I have a few friends who frequently talk about “leaky gut” issues and know many, many people who take probiotics daily to balance their gut. I wanted to learn more about the connection between gut issues and health.
I thought the discussion at the beginning of this book was really interesting and I learned a lot about the science behind probiotics and prebiotics. Sometimes reading the science behind a specific way of eating can be pretty dry, but I was interested in what Watson was sharing with readers.
As far as the actual eating plan goes, the best part of it is that it balances using juices and smoothies with a low-carb lifestyle. I like the idea of juicing to increase the amount of green vegetables, but it can be hard to maintain when you want to eat real food. Watson offers a balanced approach. Watson’s formula for tracking sugar intake is easy to use. It helps you find hidden sugar you might not be aware you are eating.
However, I had a really big problem with this book! One of the best things about reading a diet book is to get new recipes for healthy eating. I was reading this book as an ebook and without exception, all of the quantities of ingredients in the recipes were cut off the page! I minimized the font to the smallest size in hopes that it would show the measurements on the page. It worked, but then the font was so small that it was hard to read. The recipe titles did not show up when reading in the day setting as they were obscured by a bold black line. It was frustrating to have to fiddle around with the settings just to read the recipes.
Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in improving their health. I think it is very helpful in adjusting your lifestyle to healthier eating. However, I would not recommend the ebook. I will definitely get my hands on a print version of this book to check out the recipes!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.