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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: The Skinny Gut Diet

The Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson is a meal eating plan that presents a lifestyle change.  Watson's premise for the meal plan is that our guts can have an imbalance of bacteria, which can cause us to not be able to lose weight.  More then that, Watson shows studies presenting the proof that bacterial imbalance can cause us to not be able to absorb vitamins from our foods, can cause us to feel physically bad, and can cause overall digestion issues such as chronic constipation.

The Skinny Gut Diet has a LOT of information.  There are whole chapters presenting the basis of how Watson created her diet.  As a reader, I felt that I was presented with an overwhelming amount of information.  I couldn't read through the book quickly, and the scientific information left me feeling like I needed to further research some of the words presented.  Additionally, although Watson states she feels it is very important for the reader to understand why she suggests the foods she does, I found it to be repetitive and unnecessary.

As for the meal plan itself, Watson does an excellent job of presenting the plan.  There are several recipes included which all seem easy enough to make.  Watson also includes pictures of nutrition labels and a breakdown of what to look for when purchasing foods, including reading labels.  The menus over a lot of variety in foods to eat each day including 3 meals and 3 snacks.

Watson has some very specific suggestions on what types of foods to look for.  For example, she suggests that yogurt with live cultures added is the yogurt to be purchased, yet she only offers one brand as a suggestion.  Another example is that Watson suggests a plant-based protein powder be used when making protein shakes.  There is a wide variety of shakes, and yet no brands are suggested.  Personally I would prefer someone's input on how different brands taste.

Overall, I found this book to be very thorough.  All areas pertaining to having a healthy gut are covered and the book also includes a long list of tips in order to be successful in changing to this type of eating lifestyle.  I didn't disagree with anything Watson presented in her findings, I simply found that the book was overwhelming when trying to determine how to eat a balanced menu for a healthy gut flora.

In exchange for an honest review I was given a free copy of this book via bloggingforbooks.com

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