I have tried nearly every diet out there... 

...and for the most part, the result at the end of each round of rubber-band dieting would leave me sulking in the mirror and researching the return policy at my local supplement store. By the time I was 18, the constant fluctuations in my weight had me feeling like a hopeless case. How is it, I asked myself on an introspective night, that I can feel so hopeful at the beginning of each diet, and so disheartened by the end? That question tortured me on a daily basis, eventually leading me to believe that I was destined to be fat forever and that fat was just my "body type." 

I continued on like that until one transformative night...

...my entire approach to health and fitness changed. At 2 am I found myself alone in my room browsing through the fitness section of Reddit when I stumbled onto a study linking gut bacteria to BMI, a concept that I had never heard of before. In the study, researchers sought out 154 pairs of identical twins and implanted their fecal material (which also included a large number of bacteria from that twin's digestive tract) into the digestive tracts of mice that were specially bred not to produce their own gut bacteria. The effects observed following the transplants showed a shocking result, that gut bacteria and body composition are intimately linked. The mice transplanted with the fecal material of the obese twins were gaining weight, while the mice that received transplants from the skinny twins were maintaining their body weights or losing weight (read about more studies in the Research Stories section). Reading one article led me to another, and another, until my roommate eventually knocked on my door 3 days later to see if I had choked on a stale pizza crust and perished at the hands of Dominos, as he had feared I would for quite some time, only to find me engrossed in a marathon of learning. After reading each article, I felt as if another assumption about the factors affecting my weight (and my health in general) was being dissolved from my memory. In my sleep-deprived delirium, I looked up at my roommate with blood-shot eyes and proclaimed matter-of-factly that I had found the key to taking control of my health, and poop was center stage in the whole ingenious plan ("Maybe you should get some sleep man..."). I spent the next few months researching, experimenting, and reflecting on everything that I had learned. The GUT book is my attempt to share the information that I have gained, and hopefully help other former fat kids break free from the endless loop of fad dieting like I did. 

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