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Eric Bakker, naturopath, thanks for coming back. Always appreciate people watching my videos. Going to talk about gut bacteria and weight loss. So I’ve created some videos a while ago regarding weight issues with people and weight loss regarding bacteria, and different types of eating approaches and how they could affect your body size.
So several people have asked me what type of gut bacteria actually involved in losing weight. Well, it’s not that simple. It’s more complicated. Let’s look for example at fiber.
Now we can’t digest fiber, but the bacteria in our gut can digest the fiber. And they can really give us a lot of spinoff from that digestive processes. They can actually give us a lot of nutrition, like B vitamins and folate.
And there are different nutrients produced through this fermentation process, this breakdown process of the fiber that really power us up.
A study was done a while ago involving a group of 62 people. I think I might’ve made a video about this sometime ago. And in that group of 62 people, they gave the people basically a larger amount of fiber to eat.
Obviously they did stool testing on these people before they did their study, and they found that there were certain types of people who had higher amounts of bacteria called prevotella.
Now the prevotella favor and like breaking down, for example, fibers and resistant starches and foods like that.
And the other group of bacteria they found were called bacteroidetes. So bacteroidetes are favored in people’s digestive systems who eat meat and fat.
So if you’re a big keto person for example, you probably have a higher bacteroidetes content in your gut than a prevotella content. Whereas the vegans will tend to go more for the prevotella.
Now the prevotella is linked with the weight loss, more than the bacteroides.
They found that in that group of 62 people, the people who lost the most weight, in a period of time when they put them on a program, regardless of exercise, just diet alone, was the prevotella group. They lost 5.1 pounds more than the bacteroidetes group.
So basically it’s not what you’re eating, it’s what you’re digesting. And what that digestion process will do to your body in terms of it’s a metabolic rate. So again this really proves the point that eating large amounts of meat and fat is not necessarily going to give you a long term benefit for your health is it?
It’s also going to push your bacterial populations into groups, which could really affect the way that the body ferments and digests food down the track.
I know the body can make energy from ketones, from fat and protein, but I still don’t see this being a very healthy approach having large amounts of protein in your diet.
I still think it makes a lot of sense to eat foods high in fiber, to really build up those bacterial populations and to keep your metabolic rate high, and allow you to maintain a smaller body size.
And that’s what it’s all about folks, the smaller body size. But there are a lot of people happy with the bigger body size. I don’t care if people are big or small. I care about their health, and I know plenty of big patients that are in great shape, and I’ve got plenty of small patients that are in a lousy shape.
Anyway, that’s about it for this video. Click on the link if you want my free report, in the description box. Otherwise I’ll catch up with you in the next video. Thanks for tuning in and keep the questions coming. Thank you.