From a physiological point of view, gut health is our prime concern during Restoration. This is because the damage that gluten and a diet rich in inflammatory foods can do is immense, something we are only recently coming to appreciate.
When you reduce your processed food (Red List) intake and start eating real food, your gut will have much better resources to convert into nutrients for your body. You will effectively be getting more fuel from less food, which will obviously result in weight loss. But your body will only transform to a level that your gut is able to sustain. In other words, if your gut is not firing on all cylinders, it simply won’t be able to process enough nutrients for your body from a small enough quantity of food.
This is, we believe, a likely explanation for many frustrating plateaus.
According to RMR data, almost half of Banters plateau at some point on their path to a healthy weight. While the state of your gut may well be what’s applying the brakes, there are several other possibilities.
Beyond that, there are strong correlations between gut health and inflammation throughout the body, and between gut permeability and psychological wellbeing.
Both are vital for general health.
The goals of Restoration are straightforward:
• remove sugar and gluten from your diet, along with all Really Red-listed foods, and
• begin restoring the health of your gut by reintroducing foods that a) fertilize your bowel with beneficial bacteria and/or food for those bacteria, and b) help your body rebuild your gut lining.
It is a phase that may well yield significant weight-loss results, but don’t be concerned if it doesn’t; some Banters don’t lose weight until Transformation, when carbs are significantly reduced.
By the end of Restoration, you should experience some or all of the following:
• weight loss;
• improved, more stable mood;
• ease or disappearance of irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, abdominal bloating and other gut and bowel complaints,
• improved focus;
• reduction or disappearance of acne and skin complaints;
• improved sleep.
You may experience a number of other positive effects too.
In the next post you will learn why this is not just important for weight loss but also for your general health. We look at the four horseman of the carb-pocolypse!