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In my continued review of The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson, I’ve learned more about gut health and how it relates to weight loss. Tools, a solid plan, and advanced preparation, in my opinion, are the keys to successfully changing your lifestyle and reclaiming your skinny jeans for good.
What kind of tools does The Skinny Gut Diet provide you?
Skinny Gut Diet Tools
The first, and most important, tool is the Teaspoon Tracker, which helps you calculate how much actual sugar – added, natural, and sugars found in carbohydrates that your body converts to sugar – you are consuming. This simple calculation (which doesn’t require a fancy calculator or app) will open your eyes to “hidden sugars” you won’t find listed on nutritional labels.
The Skinny Gut Diet isn’t about what you can’t eat, although there are some things you will eliminate initially. The diet is more about relearning what you need to eat to nourish your body and balance your gut, therefore achieving lasting weight loss. The book includes helpful lists of foods that feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut while helping to steer you away from the foods feeding the harmful bacteria.
The Get Lean Phase of the diet lasts until you have successfully lost the weight you want to lose, and then you transition to the Stay Lean Phase, which is designed to help you fine-tune your eating habits and find the right balance for your body.
This diet is not complicated, and the book outlines a delicious 2-week sample menu eliminating the stress of starting the new diet. The menu plan, paired with the 3 Simple Rules I mentioned in my previous post, is the key to your success on the diet.
Power Tools are the items you need in your arsenal to make this diet a success.
- Lunchbox and Food Containers – Being organized is paramount. Prepare and pack your meals AND snacks ahead of time.
- Snacks – Your snacks should always contain protein to help curb your cravings.
- Digital Kitchen Food Scale – It’s helpful to know the amount of food your consuming, especially when you’re getting started.
- Blender and Shaker Cup – Green drinks and protein-packed smoothies are your gut’s friend!
- Slow Cooker – We’re all busy, so having a slow cooker in your toolbox is essential for planning ahead.
- Daily Food Journal – Keeping track of your teaspoons of sugar is key to staying on track.
- Bathroom Scale (and tape measure) – If your goal is to lose weight, it’s good measure your results with both a scale and a tape measure.
- Share the Skinny Gut Diet with Others – Getting others on board , or least educating them so they can support you, is key to your successful journey.
- H is for High Fiber
- O is for Omega-3
- P is for Probiotics
- E is for Enzymes (as in digestive enzymes)
The H.O.P.E. Formula is a daily regimen that optimizes your digestive health. Following this daily regimen enhances the eating plan by balancing your gut bacteria and helping to eliminate problems like gas, bloating, and irregular bowel movements. You will then be able to fully take advantage of the foods you eat because your body is absorbing all the vital nutrients it needs.
Rescue Kit for Success
Brenda closes the book with a few more tools to help you stay on track no matter the situation. Whether it’s eating out, a dinner party, or grocery shopping, she arms you with ideas that will assure your success. Surprisingly, she also has a plan to that walks you through cheating without having to start over – after all no one is perfect!
In my next installment, I’ll be sharing my experiences on the diet as well as a yummy recipe, so stay tuned!