Before you laugh, this is a serious question.
Because gaining too much weight is about far more than just eating more than you burn off. The old ‘calories in versus calories burned’ argument is waaaaay to simplistic, and leaves peeps feeling that if only they could just eat less, they’d be fine. Which, as we know, is not necessarily the answer.
So, antibiotics and fat.
Think about it: farmers use antibiotics on cattle and pigs and other animals to prevent diseases and to fatten them up.
Yep, ask a farmer how to fatten up an animal and they’ll tell you that one of the best ways is to just give them a long term low dose of antibiotics. Interesting huh?
So let’s turn this to you.
You might have had antibiotics for one or two perfectly legitimate illnesses in the past few years. After all, we live in a world where antibiotics are extremely useful (and I am not the kind of person who would tell you to not take them if you need them) But, chances are you weren’t given the chance to rebuild the good bacteria in your gut afterwards. Which could well mean that the long term effect of those antibiotics is the same as the antibiotics that farmers give to their animals.
They might be making you fat(ter).
If you ask your doctor, they’d probably say that there isn’t a link. And maybe there isn’t (yet) a scientifically proven case of cause and effect between antibiotics and piling on the pounds, but it seems to me that if you’ve had to take a few courses of antibiotics for whatever reason AND you are seriously struggling with your weight even though you are doing your very best in terms of exercise and good foods, the antibiotics might have something to do with it.
I can’t prove this, and I’m not trying to scare you.
If there is a link (and, like I said, farmers know all about how to make an animal fat) then I’d say it must be pretty reassuring to think that perhaps part of the answer to your unexplainable, unsolvable weight problems might be as simple as eating foods which are full of the good bacteria.
Fermented foods such as:
- natural yogurt
are great sources of the kind of bacteria you want in your gut. And if you’ve been really hit by a big load of antibiotics, you might want to consider taking a course of supplemental acidophilus to really boost the good bacteria in your gut.
Like I said, there are no quick fixes to sorting out a weight problem in the long term (sorry to break it to you if you were hoping just to cut your calories) but this is one part of the puzzle which is definitely worth thinking about.
If this sounds like you, working with me is the perfect way to address weight loss, and post-antibiotic strategies. Check out how I can help.
I’m also really keen that you don’t just base your happiness on how much you weigh.