I recently had the opportunity to discuss the connection between weight loss and gut bacterial balance with Dr. Oz for an upcoming segment that will air on his show on October 23.

Inside your digestive tract live 100 trillion bacteria that play a vital role in maintaining your digestive and overall health. As it turns out, the balance of these bacteria determines whether or not you will gain weight. You see, bacteria in your gut may be the cause of your food cravings.

There are two main groups of bacteria in your gut—what I call the “Fat bacteria” and the “Be Skinny bacteria.” When your level of “Fat bacteria” increase and your “Be Skinny bacteria” go down, you are more likely to gain weight. Even if you ate the same food as your best friend, if she had more “Be Skinny bacteria” and less “Fat bacteria” than you, guess who would pack on the pounds? You!

Fortunately, you have the power to bring your gut bacteria back into balance. In my new book, The Skinny Gut Diet, I give you four simple rules that will help you balance your gut for permanent weight loss. With a 14-day start-up food guide, 75+ recipes, and plenty of tips and tools to keep you on track, The Skinny Gut Diet will help you get to the root of your inability to lose weight and help you shed those pounds for good.

My Skinny Gut Diet will help you get a daily fiber flush that feeds the good “Be Skinny bacteria” in your gut while starving the bad “Fat bacteria.” But that’s not all—by eating at least 35 grams of fiber each day, you will eliminate 245 calories from your diet on a daily basis.

You will also learn how to eat what I call living foods—those foods that contain good bacteria (like fermented foods) and those foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut (prebiotic fibers that are found in foods like onions, leeks, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, and insoluble fiber supplements like acacia fiber). Living foods will help replenish your good bacteria.

If you are tired of restricting calories and following diets that leave you hungry and craving sweets and snacks, look no further. A daily fiber flush with The Skinny Gut Diet will help you address your true cause of weight loss and get you off the dieting roller coaster—for good.

Tune in to The Dr. Oz Show on Thursday to learn more about how you can balance your gut for permanent weight loss.