Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

Having trouble losing weight? How is your gut health ~ gut bacteria affect your weight in a few ways.

  • They change how much energy you get from your food. Some people “waste” a lot of calories from their food because they have gut bacteria that are really inefficient.

  • They affect inflammation. Inflammation drives fat accumulation in ways that are too complicated to go into detail about here, but here’s a whole paper on it if you’re interested.

  • They affect feelings of hunger and fullness.

  • They affect insulin sensitivity and metabolic health.

So if you’re trying to lose weight, you really want all these guys on your side. Here are 6 ways to make that happen:

1. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation is one of the worst things you can do for your gut bacteria. Partial sleep deprivation leads to a bunch of changes in the gut bacteria that are associated with different metabolic problems and results in lower insulin sensitivity.

For example, shift workers sleep for less time on average, their gut bacteria are disturbed, making them more susceptible to weight gain and metabolic disease. Long story short: if you want your gut on your side for weight loss, go to bed.

2. Intermittent Fasting can help

The bacteria that live in your gut have a circadian cycle – different species are more prominent at different types of day. In obesity, that cycle is blunted. (If that sounds familiar, it might be because the circadian rhythm of the hormone cortisol is also often blunted in obesity). But it turns out you might be able to get the circadian gut cycle up and running normally again with some clever food timing.