There are a lot of diet and exercise books out there claiming to be the holy grail to a healthier body, but not many of them live up to the promise. If someone is telling you that cutting out a certain food group or forgoing regular exercise is the key to good health, then there’s a good chance that what they’re selling is too good to be true.
Balance is the Key to Good Health
The diet that’s best for your gut is generally one that’s balanced — and that means you’re getting complex carbohydrates (with lots of fiber!), healthy fats and lean proteins. It’s a simple approach, but sometimes we need more guidance.
Master Your Metabolism to Get Healthy
One diet book that preaches an approach we like is Jillian Michaels’ Master Your Metabolism. You may know Jillian from NBC’s The Biggest Loser, but rest assured her tone in Master Your Metabolism is a little more friendly.
Look at the Science Behind the Diet
One of the things we appreciate about Master Your Metabolism is that it looks at the science behind the diet she’s recommending. She explains that your metabolism isn’t just about burning calories. It’s how hormones work to carry out the processes that make our bodies work — and how what we eat affects how well they do their jobs.
Practical Advice for Success
Even though we appreciate knowing the details behind why Jillian’s advice is solid, sometimes what we’re really looking for is simple, practical, easy-to-follow rules. Jillian provides that in two sections: what not to eat and what to eat. In a very small nutshell, here’s her advice:
What Not to Eat
- Unnatural chemicals (think artificial sweeteners)
- Trans fats (think margarine)
- Processed foods (think anything with high-fructose corn syrup)
What to Eat
- Complex carbs (think whole grains)
- Lean proteins (think sustainable fish, lean cuts of beef and chicken, Greek yogurt and milk, preferably organic if possible)
- Healthy fats (think avocados and nuts)
Check Your Gut Health at Midwest Gastro
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If you’ve also read the book, we’d love to hear your thoughts!