Hey everyone. I’m already in week 7 of my weight loss routine, and the loss has been slow, but I guess progressing. I’m not complaining since slower weight loss is the healthier way to lose weight. I can only say that this journey has definitely had its ups and downs, and I’ve found that the science of it all is about your body type and what works for it. There’s no real science that nails it for every single person. I’ve spent this last seven weeks trying different things, some have worked and others have not.
Looking back over the last few weeks, I’ve done several things that, when I stopped, I noticed a distinct difference in my weight. Last week, I added more movement to my routine with some Just Dance (video game) moves. I was happy to see a 3 pound loss from my movement.
The previous week was a week where I did no moving around and I drank less water. I saw a 1 pound gain overall.
The weeks before, weeks two, three, and four, were weeks that my routine fluctuated as I, more or less, tested a few things like using green tea powder in my diet as opposed to not using it. The results of that were pretty interesting, but you can check out each of those weeks in the links above.
So, week seven was the week that I added some probiotics to my menu. If you’re not familiar with probiotics, they’re basically good (live) bacteria that works to promote a healthy digestive system. These bacteria help to move your food through your gut and are also helpful in balancing the good and bad bacteria in your body.
Since I’m interested in my probiotics assisting with the processing of fat in my tummy (a real mom word, y’all), I went for probiotic drinks that contain lactobacillus (a bacteria that converts sugars to lactic acid). For this particular bacteria, I gravitated toward kefir and kombucha drinks.
While I’m very familiar with the taste, it had been awhile since I had these fermented drinks in my diet. It’s taken a little getting used to, but overall, I’m enjoying them. It’s too soon to see any significant dif in how it’s helping, but I have noticed a slightly less bloating drinking just 8 ounces daily. Bloating definitely contributes to weight gain. So, since studies have shown a gut difference in 6 to 12 weeks (when used alongside a healthy eating and exercise plan), I’m going to keep at it because only one week has helped to reduce some of that bloating that I was a little concerned about. I mean, I have a little way to go before I’ll see if these drinks work for me in significantly aiding in my weight shed, but week 7 has proven hopeful.
If you want to learn a bit more about how probiotics work with your body, there’s a great article here by Authority Nutrition. It’s a good read to get an idea of which bacteria does so that you can use the right one for your body goals because not all are created equal.
Another thing I’ve done.
Week seven I went back to my Matcha lattes. I got tired of the tea made with plain water, so I did more Cinnamon Doughnut Lattes made with almond milk.
The result of week seven.
All things said, there was not as much shed as I would have liked. I only shed one stinking pound. I know that I didn’t shed more because I wasn’t as attentive to the moving around as I was in week 6. It’s a fact that the more you move, the more you lose, and I lazed out I guess.
So, here’s what I’m planning to do in the upcoming week.
Since I became a little too relaxed last week, I’m planning to do more combined strength and cardio exercises to kick up my weight loss. The reality is that the more I move, the more weight I seem to shed.
I’m also planning to get some replacement meals going so that I’m not feeling extra hungry mid day. Unfortunately, I’m not good with eating breakfast on busy mornings which causes me to feel extra hungry by the time the mid day hits. That leads me to make different choices that appeal more to impulses. So, my goal is to add some smoothies (likely made with kefir) into the meal plan.
Well, I hope you’ve been able to get a little something from my experience. I’m looking for a bigger inch shed as I keep with the probiotics.
Have you used probiotics in your diet? If you have, drop a comment to let me know how they’ve worked for you.