Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson

The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson is a diet book for lifetime weight loss.   This author outlines the plan and some histories of success by some of her clients.  The front half of the book has stories/histories of some of the author's success along with some of their problems.  This author has evidently already authored a diet called the Fiber35 Diet.  The skinny gut diet promises to not only cause weight loss but also to permanently loose the weight.  She gives a 2 week startup plan and has many recipes for having good results on this plan. 

This is not however what impresses me the most on this plan.  She outlines why we as a nation are gaining weight while eating less food.  She tells how our diet is changing our gut and turning us not only into an overweight nation but also constipated and/or diarrhea , depressed, and having chronic abdominal pain.  She connects this with our overuse of antibiotics starting at a very young age.  This killing of our good bacteria along with bad bacteria affects the human for much longer than previously thought.  Some can be affected for months or even years.  She explains how the American diet of low fiber and vegetables coupled with no fermented foods have no healing properties with which to fight this "too little or no good bacteria" in our guts.  This leads to chronic inflammation.  Combine all this with excess stress, aging, and the toxins in our environment and is it any wonder that the resulting stress hormone release in our bodies are causing a weight gain?

This book is well written and easy to understand.  She spends much time in the front of the book explaining the plan and the back of the book explaining the diet.  If the reader needs a 2 week plan to get started then she provides it.  If the reader needs recipes then the author provides it.  She tells point by point the why for each part of her diet.

I liked the book and thought it easy to understand and found the diet easy to follow and had success in the weight loss.  It will remain to be seen if I can maintain this for life. 
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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