Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard for many of us to lose weight?
You might say that you think something is wrong with your metabolism, and there’s a good chance you’re on the right track. But how did your metabolism get into this state in the first place, and how can fermented foods help to get it back on track?
Why it’s difficult to lose weight
Modern diets include huge amounts of sugar, and a lot of the sugar we consume is hidden away in processed foods. Most people don’t even realize how much sugar they’re eating. But it’s not just the direct effect of sugar that makes us gain weight, there’s also an indirect effect. Sugar sneakily makes your body store more fat from other foods, and here’s how it does it.
Sugar increases the pH of the stomach. The good bacteria in your stomach don’t like the increased pH, but the bad bacteria thrive on it. This imbalance in the stomach ultimately causes inflammation in the body. Your hypothalamus doesn’t like the look of all this and encourages your body to produce more insulin. More insulin means that your metabolism is now set to retaining as much fat as possible and adding more. It’s really hard to break out of this cycle!
How fermented foods help to solve the problem
- Break the vicious metabolic cycle
Lactic acid fermentation produces the probiotics your gut needs to function properly. As a result the chain reaction that causes your metabolism to store up fat is broken, making it possible for you to experience enhanced weight loss compared to someone on the same diet who isn’t eating fermented food.
- More nourishment from less food
Obviously, you’ll have to include your fermented food in a calorie restricted diet in order to start losing weight. You might even want to kick start the process with a very restricted diet like the hCG diet. Whatever low calorie diet you choose, your body needs to get all the nourishment it needs from the foods you eat. Thanks to the fermentation process, you get more nutrition per calorie of food you eat – that’s good news for healthy weight loss. You do need to skimp on calories, but there’s no need to skimp on nutrition.
- You don’t feel as hungry
Thanks to all the good things you are doing for your metabolism and the better nourishment you’re getting from your food, you will experience less feelings of hunger and weakness. That makes it a whole lot easier to stick to your diet. Less feelings of hunger makes for a happier you – no more crankiness because your diet is making you suffer!
There’s one more thing: toxins in your body. Detoxing is essential for weight loss. Once again, fermentation comes to the fore as a solution. The bacteria in your ferment help your body to get rid of heavy metals – something that just doesn’t happen when your digestive flora are out of kilter.