Research into our own bacteria living in our gut has found that these microorganisms strongly influence many aspects of our health including weight loss and overcoming obesity. Could probiotics be the missing link for you?
Everyone has microorganisms (bacteria) known as your gut flora,of which there are about 100 trillion in our intestines. The key is the balance between good and bad gut bacteria. It can get disturbed by things such as antibiotics, sugar, alcohol, a high carbohydrate diet and can cause significant health problems.
Probiotics can help to restore and maintain the healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. But how does it affect our weight?
One study found that certain strains of the Lactobacillus family can help you reduced body fat by 3–4% over a 6-week period. Another study over a 3-month period found women taking the probiotics lost 50% more weight compared to the group taking a placebo. They also continued to lose weight during the weight maintenance phase of the study.
Another impressive study of 210 individuals with high fat around the middle, who took the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri, saw those individuals lose 8.5% of their tummy fat mass over a period of 12 weeks.
So, food for thought! These supplements are available in the UK (ask if you want advice). I do take probiotics daily and I eat natural yoghurt (without any sugar/sweeteners added as this defeats the purpose of a probiotic yoghurt!). This is still a very new area of research and more information will follow when more studies provide further evidence but I still feel that probiotics can help improve digestion, reduce cravings and help in our weight loss journey.