Gut Type and Weight Loss (Yes, There Is a Connection)

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gut typeAccording to celebrity health guru Dr. Oz, knowing your gut type is key to fixing your gut bacteria and losing weight. In a recent Twitter post to his over 3.8 million followers, Oz wrote:

“Why can some people eat anything without gaining weight while others can’t? The answer might be their “gut type”


Gut bacteria play a significant role in human health by supplying essential nutrients, helping with digestion and promoting enteric nerve function (which in turn helps control motor functions). Gut bacteria can potentially be harmful when the gut ecosystem undergoes abnormal changes due to stress, illness, lifestyle or poor dietary habits.

When it comes to weight loss—research shows that some gut bacteria process food more proficiently than others; this can leave more calories for an individual who may have trouble with weight loss as a result.

Gut Type Affects Weight Loss

According to a study published online in the journal (aptly-called) Gut, among the millions of bacteria thriving in the gut, one microbe known as Akkermansia muciniphila could change how the body processes food and affects weight. This microbe comprises of up to five percent of gut bacteria and is associated with the following:

  • A diet that is rich in fiber: Foods that are rich in fiber include bran flakes, barley and whole-wheat spaghetti.  By increasing your fiber intake, you will more likely be able to prevent weight gain and maintain a healthy weight loss plan. Check out everything you really need to know about fiber!
  • Lower levels of blood sugar, insulin and fat (which can help control weight and prevent risk of heart disease)
  • A healthier distribution of body fat

Study researchers suggest that this microbe is a potential mark for new treatments in the metabolic disease fields; however, it can’t completely undo an unhealthy lifestyle. What supports a thriving gut community is adequate sleep, exercise and a plant-based diet.

Sources for Today’s Article:

Dr. Mehmet Oz, Twitter post. 7:03 a.m. – 7 Mar 2016.

Zhang, Y., et al., “Impacts of Gut Bacteria on Human Health and Diseases,” International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 2015 Apr; 16(4): 7493–7519; Published online 2015 Apr 2. doi:  10.3390/ijms16047493.