The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life, Book by Travis Lane Stork
About The Book:
The Lose Your Belly Diet Book by Travis Lane Stork, We want to be healthy. We want to be lean. And we want to lose that annoying fat around our bellies! We can achieve ALL of these goals with the Super-G Life. Based on exciting new research about the dramatic benefits of vibrant gut health and a diverse gut microbiome, the Super-G Life nurtures your gut while burning off excess weight and harmful belly fat.
The Super-G Life is built around a very clear, research-based concept: Eating food that increases, feeds, and protects the microbes in your gut paves the way for weight loss, a slimmer middle, and better overall health. It’s not just about weight loss. Having great gut health is linked to good health throughout your body.
Scientists in this rapidly growing field are finding connections between the gut microbiome and a healthy immune system and gastrointestinal system, as well as autoimmune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease), allergies and asthma, and even cancer.
With every study that s published, scientists become more convinced that a healthy gut leads to a healthy body. We’re accustomed to thinking of bacteria as bad and some are but most of the bacteria and microbes in our guts do amazing things, like working with our immune system to fight disease and helping our bodies digest food.
Not only cant we live without them, but as their numbers and diversity increase, so too does our health. I like to think of the microbes in my gut as my little buddies who are helping me stay healthy every minute of the day. And I love the idea of feeding them the foods they need to flourish foods that you’ll find in abundance in the Super-G Life. Research is uncovering ways to boost gut health and nurture the gut microbiome. In this book, well look at all of the ways you can improve your own gut health. We’ll start with diet.
The Super-G daily eating plan, which picks up where The Doctor s Diet left off, provides gut-enhancing foods, meal plans, and recipes based on the latest research into gut health. Foods in the Super-G diet help increase, feed, and protect the microbes in the gut. But diet is just one factor in gut health. We’ll also look at the many other steps you can take to support your gut microbiome, from avoiding unnecessary antibiotics to worrying a little less about dirt and germs.
Even the choices you make about how you bring your children into the world can have an impact on your family s microbiomes. And here s another reason to take good care of your gut health: Every part of your body benefits, including your skin. That s right: When your gut is happy, your skin glows with health and you look and feel younger. In Super-G Life, we will cover all the bases, giving readers everything they need to make dramatic changes in their GI health, their weight, their belly fat, and their overall health.
About The Author:
Dr. Travis Stork is an Emmy(R)-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show “The Doctors” and a practicing board-certified emergency medicine physician. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and earned his M.D. with honors from the University of Virginia, where he was elected into the prestigious honor society of Alpha Omega Alpha for outstanding academic achievement.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Dr. Stork is a fervent believer in helping patients feel empowered when it comes to their health. Dr. Stork practices what he preaches and likes to teach by example, biking to work every day, rain or shine. While he doesn’t expect individuals to give up their cars, he is passionate about enlightening individuals on simple ways to attain and maintain good health based on their own life and circumstances. He believes that oftentimes when people come to the E.R., it’s already too late.
That’s why he takes such pride in teaching people how to avoid preventable illness before it happens. Most people don’t realize that they make over 200 health-related decisions every day that dictates how well and how long they live. Dr. Stork believes health is not about the gym or a deprivation diet; health is achieved by focusing on those seemingly inconsequential 200-plus decisions people make throughout the day.
Your Gut Health/Weight Loss Opportunity Let me start by saying that I love food. Let me also say that the most important health lesson I’ve ever learned is to let food be my medicine and not my poison. This has been my guiding principle for quite some time now. But here’s the truth: our knowledge of how food affects our health and weight is always changing and evolving.
The Lose Your Belly Diet is a book I was inspired to write because of our rapidly changing knowledge of the human gut microbiome and its effect on our health and weight. If you don’t know what “human gut microbiome” means, don’t worry, because you soon will! It’s exciting stuff, and my goal is to be there with you every step of the way as you learn how to optimize gut health and maximize weight loss—especially the loss of harmful belly fat.
This plan focuses on food choices and portion control strategies that help you eat more of the high-quality foods that nourish you and make you feel full and satisfied, and fewer of the low-quality foods that lead to excess weight gain and fat accumulation. It checks all of the healthy-eating boxes while filling you up with delicious, enjoyable foods.
The Lose Your Belly Diet is an evolution of The Doctor’s Diet, a book I wrote a couple of years ago. I loved that book because it’s such an effective, easy-to-follow plan and was the way I used to eat. But since that book came out, we’ve learned so much important new information about gut health and the impact of beneficial bacteria on our overall health and weight.
It’s changed the way I eat and it shouldchange the way you eat, too.This plan tells you the how and why of enjoying life-supporting foods, and itdoes so without deprivation. In fact, it gives you more freedom and flexibility thanpretty much any diet out there. Not only does it encourage you to eat an abundanceof gut-supporting foods, but it makes room for bread, pasta, and other wholegrains that so many diets cut out these days.
And even more fantastic: this diet makes room for things like chocolate, wine,and coffee, which not only make life worth living (in my humble opinion) but appear to be beneficial for your gut bacteria, too!
Buddies in Your Belly
In a nutshell, here’s what we know about the human microbiome: When scientists analyze individual people’s microbe communities, they find that healthy people have many more beneficial microbes overall and a much greater variety of microbe species in their bodies than less-healthy people.
We don’t know all the details yet—hundreds of microbiome studies are still underway—but one thing is clear: having a vibrant, balanced, diverse microbe community is the way to go. So it makes really solid sense for us all to be protecting and supporting the population of our personal microbiome.
Gut microbes play such a crucial role in our health that it’s kind of amazing that it’s taken so long for us to start giving them the attention they deserve—butbetter late than never. Now that we are learning about how to take care of our gut microbes, it’s time to start figuring out how to incorporate that research into our everyday life choices. That’s exactly what we’ll do in the Lose Your Belly Diet.
The Lose Your Belly Diet is built around a simple concept that comes up over and over in human microbiome research: making choices that protect and support the microbes in our guts paves the way for better health—not just for our guts, but for our whole self. These choices do more than just help sustain our gut microbes.
They lower our odds of developing various diseases. And they raise our chances of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and of burning off dangerous belly fat. In the pages that follow, I’ll tell you how to do all that and explain the many ways—most of which are fairly simple—that you can immediately start to protect and supportthemicrobesinyourgut.I like to think of the microbes in my belly as my Little Buddies who are helping me stay healthy every day. I owe my Little Buddies a lot, and I want to do everything possible to take care of them.
Your Personal Gut Guide
Despite my enthusiasm for the subject of gut health, I understand that not everyone wants to delve into the down-and-dirty details of it the way I do. I get it:
most peopledon’trelishtheideaofreadingthelatestJAMAstudyonfecalmicrobiota as they drink their morning coffee. (Yes, I admit, I’ve done this.) But living a long, healthy, vibrant life is a major goal for just about everyone I know. So, even if you don’t like thinking about stool samples, you probably do like the idea of finding out simple ways that you can apply the cutting-edge discoveries about microbiome health to your everyday life.
That’s where the Lose Your Belly Diet comes in. I’m not a gut researcher, but I am intensely interested in microbiome research. The patients I work with and the people I talk to every day want to know what they can do to improve their health, boost the quality of their life, feel better, and live longer. So think of me as your own personal gut guide. I’ve digested the major microbiome studies (I know, bad pun) with one goal in mind: to figure out how you and I can apply this new information to our daily lives and diets.
Fueling Your Little Buddies
Many of my microbiome-enhancing recommendations in the Lose Your Belly Diet involve food because the foods we choose to eat and avoid have a major impact on the health of our Little Buddies. Because diet plays such a huge role in micro-biome health as well as overall health, I’ve created a diet plan that supports your gut and your entire body—a plan that does a super job of feeding your gut and enhancing your overall health while helping you slim down (if that’s your goal). Butthisbookiswaymorethanjustadiet.
TheLoseYourBellyDietwill provide you with all kinds of recommendations that reflect the growing knowledge we have about a healthy gut microbiome. I’ll walk you through all the changes you canmake—from the foods you buy and the medicines you take to the way you think about dirt and germs. I’ll also cover some of the choices you make as a parent that will positively benefit your family’s microbes.
Most of these changes are easy to make. For example, the Little Buddies in your gut benefit when you eat raw or less well-cooked foods, so I’ll share some delicious ideas for including more raw produce in your diet, including a new kind of veggie dish that is an innovative twist on an old American favorite.
Keeping Our Little Buddies Healthy
As we make our way through life, various things—good and bad—can impact thehealth of our Little Buddies. I’ll tell you more about all of these things throughoutthe book, but here’s a quick rundown.Based on what we know so far, the microbes in your gut community benefitfrom a healthy diet; exposure to people, animals, and plants that carry a diversemix of microbes; being born via vaginal delivery, and being fed with breast milkduring infancy. There’s even evidence that exercise helps our Little Buddies, too.Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways that we can support our gut bacteria.
That means choosing more of the foods that help our Little Buddiesthrive—especially the dietary fiber found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts,seeds, and legumes—and choosing fewer refined foods, sugars, processed meats,and other foods that we know are not very good for our health and that seems to bedetrimental to our gut microbes, too. In particular, when we don’t feed our gut bacteria the high-fiber food they need, they can starve, die off, or be overtaken by lessbeneficial bacteria.
Or they may feed on the mucous membranes that line our intestines (a bit of an unpleasant thought, if you ask me), which can lead to inflammation and other health problems.Some of the other things that can harm our gut microbes include chemicalcleaning products, certain health conditions, antibiotic medications, antibioticsused in our food supply, delivery via Cesarean section, formula feeding, and alcohol abuse. We’ll look at all of these more closely in upcoming chapters.Those are some of the things we know so far, but I’m sure there are many more discoveries on the horizon.
For example, studies in mice have found that cigarette smoke damages their gut microbes—no surprise there, since cigarette smoke has been found to cause harm to so many other parts of the body. These results come from mice studies, but I’ll bet you 100 to 1 that the same will be found with people.
I’m also guessing that as this type of research progresses, we’ll discover that many of the other types of environmental toxins that damage cells and organs—air pollution, pesticides, heavy metals, you name it—may hurt our gut bacteria. And I think we may also find that many of the factors that boost our health in other ways— good sleep and stress relief, for example—may turn out to benefit our Little Buddies as well. In this respect, I think we have a lot in common with our little friends.
The Choices We Make
Before we go any further, I want to stop for a minute and talk about something important. A few of the things I mentioned that can harm the microbiome might upset you. Maybe you gave birth by C-section, ate a poor diet for many years, were prescribed a lot of antibiotics, or smoked cigarettes. If so, I hope you’ll think about it this way: What’s done is done. When it comes to your health, it’s not helpful to spend a lot of time looking back and regretting past decisions. Instead, focus on now.
For instance, I was formula fed. But I don’t spend a second of my life worrying about that, and I certainly don’t blame my mom. You can’t change the past—but the future is wide open. What matters is what you do now, beginning this very moment. Let go of any regret you may have and use that energy to start making choices todaythatwillbenefityourhealthandstartrebuildingyourgut microbiome from this day forward.
Your Very Busy Buddies
The Little Buddies in our guts perform so many important jobs that many scientists think of the human microbiome as a “forgotten human organ” that is asimportant to our health as our heart, lungs, or liver. I like to picture all those trillions of microbes as busy workers in a teeming factory, where everyone is busydoing work that benefits our health.We’ve known for a long time that gut bacteria exist in our bodies, but it’s reallyonly recently that we have figured out how many jobs they do.
Take digestion, forexample. We always assumed that the major players in our digestive system—thestomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas—did the lion’s share of thejob of breaking down our food to release and absorb nutrients and energy that canbe used by the body. But now, on further study, we realize that our gut microbesalso play a huge role in digesting food.
It’s kind of amazing—like thinking that instead of having five or six guys painting your house, there are actually 100 trillion.When I first started immersing myself in my own education about the humanmicrobiome, I discovered that the more I learned about how crucial gut microbesare to our health, the more I wanted to take care of my own Little Buddies.
I thinkyou’ll feel the same way, so let’s spend a little time doing a rundown of some of theways they help us stay alive. Again, we won’t go deep into the science, but a quicklook should go a long way toward inspiring you to take the health of your gut microbes pretty darn seriously. I know I do.
I liked the hardcover design and printing but the low quality of the papers.
Content: The Lose Your Belly Diet is an amazing book that I recommend reading.
Actually, it was my first health book, I’ve ordered it through Walmart, and I learned that we have bad and good bacteria in our bodies. these bad bacteria cause bad feelings, tiredness, fatigue, and we are feeding them with junk and fast foods. But it also teaches us about Good Bacteria or GUT FLORA, these are the ones that we need to know more about and feed them, they’ll help us with a better mood, better concentration, and losing belly fat, etc.
This book specifically tells you what to eat and what you need to avoid, it warns about taking antibiotics and how it kills good and bad bacterias at the same time. I’ve learned to take Probiotics and Prebiotics to stay in shape and make sure that our little friends (Gut Flora) are being fed and multiplied. Also, Dr.Stork tells us about Fiber and why it’s important to add it to our diet.
If you really would like to get to know your body, and who are living in your digestive system, that’s a must-read. Please don’t forget to share your review down below if you’ve read this book.