In the past decade, the focus on gut health by medical researchers has led to the discovery that poor gut health plays a significant role in a plethora of health issues and diseases.
In a recent preliminary study performed at the Mayo Clinic Dr. Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and co-senior author of the study, reports that a relationship exists between gut health and the inability of some people to lose body fat despite following a strict diet and training regimen.
While the results have to be duplicated in a much larger study to be conclusive, many athletes in the fitness industry that struggle with fat loss during contest preparation can identify with the problem.
The solution may not be to train and diet even harder which is the typical response to slow fat-loss progress. This extreme approach, when prolonged, often leads to a number of physical health as well as psychological issues not to mention a very miserable few months in preparation for a contest. Paying closer attention to gut health may be the simple, most effective and non-destructive solution to looking and feeling your best on stage.
Along with supplementing your diet with probiotics, you can also add pro and prebiotic foods to your meal plans such as Onions, Garlic, Broccoli, or Sauerkraut that don’t add a significant amount of calories.
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