#7 Actually eating more food, but burning it up and using it more efficiently...So a faster metabolism, basically
Why would eating less sugar affect metabolism?
Resting metabolic rate is the energy we use when we're not active, so the faster it is, the more calories we burn all through the day even when we're not exercising. A slower metabolic rate tends to cause an increase in weight. This can happen naturally as we age, so it's a factor in weight gain that happens gradually, year after year.
When I started reading about factors that affect metabolism, I was fascinated to find that the bacteria in our digestive tract can actually affect metabolism and weight even apart from our diet.
I read several studies done with mice that were bred without gut bacteria. One group was given microbes from obese humans, and the other was given microbes from lean humans. They ate the same diet, but the group that received microbes from the obese human grew heavier with more body fat. The findings were that the obese people had fewer varieties of microbes than the lean people which may have contributed to the difference in weight.
So for this difference in me, I have to give the credit to the probiotics I take because they are the reason my gut health has improved, therefore improving my metabolism too. Eating less sugar just allowed them to work better without having to deal with me feeding the candida.
The pictures I chose for this post show the lovely zinnias I managed to cut from the sad looking patch that's left at the end of the summer. It reminded me of our gut biome which is like a garden. One round of antibiotics or lots of sugar, processed food, or alcohol can affect your gut just like harsh conditions have made my flowers look sickly.
The last picture shows the simple little additions I've made to feed and protect my gut microbiome. I drink the pink drink in the morning and take the other capsules at night. Done!
Long post, but if you'd like more info, let me know! I'd love to help you make positive changes too! 😊