The foods on the top row can contribute to inflammation, hormonal imbalance, gut dysbiosis, and more.
The foods on the bottom row are not necessarily perfect choices, but definitely better choices!
1️⃣Hormonal imbalance – “I learned that 99 percent of weight loss resistance is hormonal. I discovered that the calorie-in/calorie-out hypothesis has been widely disproven and remains the greatest misconception people have about diet and weight loss. Calories matter, more to some people than others, but hormones matter more.
Almost anyone who struggles with weight also battles a hormone imbalance. It amazes me how easy weight loss becomes once hormones are back in their sweet spot. Hormones control how efficiently a calorie makes you fat.
Most diets don’t work for women, because they fail to address the hormonal root causes that are the most common reasons for weight loss resistance, like excess cortisol, insulin and/or leptin blockage, estrogen dominance, a sluggish thyroid, low testosterone, and problems with the HPA (hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal) control system.” Dr. Sara Gottfried
2️⃣Artificial sweeteners have been shown to eliminate good bacteria in your gut. Some hormones are regulated in the gut. In one study, rats were given sucralose for 12 weeks and their good bacteria decreased by 47-80% and after another 12 weeks off of sucralose the gut had not repaired itself. (1)
”Artificial sweeteners change the gut bacteria which may lead to weight gain and risk of type 2 diabetes.”(2)
Artificial sweeteners helps feed the bacteria called bacteroides in your gut. Guess what bacteroides do? They can pull out the fat from food and hoard it.(3)