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Are you ready to get off the dieting roller coaster and learn the secret to permanent weight loss? Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to watch digestive care expert Brenda Watson discuss the connection between your weight and gut bacterial balance—the subject of her new book, The Skinny Gut Diet.

The human digestive tract is home to 100 trillion bacteria that play a vital role in maintaining optimal digestion and overall health. As it turns out, the balance of these bacteria determines whether or not you will gain weight and crave certain foods. During tomorrow’s episode Brenda will discuss the two main groups of bacteria in your gut—what she calls the “Fat bacteria” and the “Be Skinny bacteria.” When your level of “Fat bacteria” increase and your “Be Skinny bacteria” go down, you are more likely to gain weight. Fortunately, you have the power to bring your gut bacteria back into balance.

Listen as Brenda lays out a simple plan to help you balance your gut for successful weight loss. You will find out how to feed the good “Be Skinny bacteria” in your gut and starve the bad “Fat bacteria,” all while actually eliminating calories from your daily diet. In addition, you’ll learn how to eat what Brenda calls living foods—those foods that will help you replenish your good bacteria.

If you are tired of restricting calories and following diets that leave you hungry and craving sweets and snacks, don’t miss Brenda on The Dr. Oz Show tomorrow to discover a smarter, healthier way to achieving your ideal weight.

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When it comes to weight loss success, experts now agree that the quality of the calories you consume is as important as the quantity of calories. Simply put, eating the right foods for a balanced gut (meaning the right amount of good or neutral vs. harmful bacteria) is a key factor in whether or not you gain or lose weight.

By eating foods that nourish the healthy bacteria in your digestive tract—such as foods high in prebiotic fiber and those foods that contain beneficial bacteria, like living and fermented foods—your body will absorb fewer calories from food, experience fewer cravings, and store less fat. But what about those moments of weakness when you crave something sweet? Here are three delicious yet gut-healthy recipes you can feel good about:

 

Cacao, Avocado& Chia Mousse
Serves: 4
Ingredients:
1 avocado
¼ cup cacao powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions: Place avocado, vanilla, and almond milk in food processor and process until smooth; stir in chia seeds. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; refrigerate 1 hour. Scoop into individual bowls and serve chilled.

Lemon Bliss
Serves: 1
Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 drops vanilla stevia
1 tsp. lemon extract

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Chill 2 hours. Serve cold.

Nut Butter Cups
Serving Size: 2 Serves: 16
Ingredients:
5 tbsp. coconut cream concentrate (coconut butter)
5 tbsp. coconut oil (best if in liquid form)
6 tbsp. cacao powder (see Note)
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lo han (monk fruit) sweetener
3 tbsp. nut butter of choice (cashew, sunflower, almond)

Directions: Mix all ingredients except nut butter in a medium bowl. Place ½ tsp. of mixture into each cup of a mini muffin pan. Freeze about 10 minutes. Set remaining mixture aside. Add ¼ tsp. nut butter atop each frozen “cup.” Add another ½ tsp. of the cacao mixture on top of the nut butter; freeze again about 15 minutes (to harden). Note: Cacao powder is a less processed version of cocoa powder and is available at health food stores.

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