A healthy gut is one of the biggest keys to being able to stave off cravings and stimulate weight loss. And, a healthy gut can lead to improved cognitive performance as well as weight loss.
Several of you shared with us that you’re feeling even hungrier than usual… maybe even have an insatiable appetite and big cravings after a tough workout at Fly Feet coupled with a new way of eating, if you’re in the 21 Day Challenge. It’s not uncommon for us to have these cravings after a tough workout, and sometimes the cravings can continue well past the workout - even up to 48 hours. That’s actually the sign that the workout was effective and that you pushed yourself to a place where you continue to burn calories even after the workout is over. Well done!
Have you ever thought about WHY we crave what we crave? The flora in our gut, or gut biome, actually determines what we crave, which plays a large role in weight-gain and weight-loss. Imagine craving carrots and almonds as opposed to Kit Kats and Skittles. In some cases your gut biome is genetic, but it can be changed. I found an article by one of my favorite fitness and nutrition gurus that does a great job explaining how the different microbes in your gut can affect cravings. Do you crave chocolate or carrots? Well, you have the ability to change what you crave by changing the microbes in your gut. A useful tip for those of you who crave more carbs and sweets, which is what typically leads to weight-gain, is to take the following simple steps to diversify the biome in your gut in order to change your cravings:
- Take a good prebiotic. A prebiotic helps stimulate and grow good gut microbiota that already exist in the gut. I use this one from Mt. Capra.
- Take a good probiotic. A probiotic helps introduce new strains of good gut microbiota that are not yet in your gut. I use one by Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics.
- Eat more fermented foods. Fermented foods have strains of good bacteria that help build a diverse gut flora. The list goes on and on, but some of my favorites include: Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, and Kombucha (just watch for sugar content on this one).
Before you go to Whole Foods and buy all the sauerkraut, recognize that you still have to apply some discipline and change your own habits. Don't give in to all your cravings! But try eating microbes and see what happens.