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Are Your Probiotics Helping You Lose Weight?

Feb. 4, 2014|225 views

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Are Your Probiotics Helping You Lose Weight?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day; I am a creature of habit and enjoy greek yogurt and fresh berries. Here is another reason this morning ritual is so beneficial…

New research suggests that certain probiotics may help you lose weight. There has been a lot of attention in recent years focused on the makeup of the bacteria living in the digestive tract. Mounting evidence suggests that one of the reasons a high-fiber, plant-based diet is linked to healthy body weight is these foods encourage the growth of certain types of beneficial gut bacteria.

Bacteria living in the gut are normal and necessary. They help us digest food, they protect the lining of the stomach, and they even release chemicals that travel to the brain to help us feel good. But the specific types and amounts of bacteria living in a person’s gut vary from one person to another. Research suggests that overweight and obese people may be the victims of a blend of bacteria that are less helpful.
Part of the reason for a person’s particular mixture of bacteria has to do with what they’re routinely eating. The kinds of bacteria that help people feel good and maintain a healthy body weight tend to thrive on dietary fiber; the kind of fiber in plant foods. Many studies suggest that bacteria in the lactobacillus genus are especially beneficial. These bacteria are present in yogurt with active cultures.
In a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, scientists reported that women who received a probiotic supplement while dieting for 12 weeks lost almost twice as much weight as another group of women who were also dieting, but who did not take the supplemental probiotics. This suggests that low-fat yogurt—and a plant-rich diet—may be especially helpful for people trying to lose weight.
Marina Sanchez, Christian Darimont, Vicky Drapeau, Shahram Emady-Azar, Melissa Lepage, Enea Rezzonico, Catherine Ngom-Bru, Bernard Berger, Lionel Philippe, Corinne Ammon-Zuffrey, Patricia Leone, Genevieve Chevrier, Emmanuelle St-Amand, André Marette, Jean Doré, Angelo Tremblay. Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 supplementation on weight loss and maintenance in obese men and women. British Journal of Nutrition, 2013; 1 DOI: 10.1017/S0007114513003875

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