Probiotics for Weight Loss

Did You Know…that probiotic supplements may help you shed pounds much more easily?

Most people have heard about probiotics by now.  Simply put, probiotics are beneficial bacteria believed to improve your overall health and immunity by improving your digestive health.  Probiotics are available in supplements (capsules, pills, and powders) and foods (fermented foods such as yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and more).

At first, it may seem strange that bacteria could offer such potent health benefits, since we often associate bacteria with illness.  But our digestive systems are home to more than 500 types of bacteria that keep our intestines healthy and aid digestion.  These bacteria are also believed to help the immune system.

Now, probiotics for weight loss is emerging as an exciting trend. New research published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that probiotics may also be key to losing weight and keeping it off

Subjects Lost Almost Twice As Much Weight with Probiotics 

The new study was conducted by researchers at Laval University in Quebec.  It involved 125 overweight men and women, all of whom followed a 12-week weight-loss diet, followed by a 12-week maintenance period.

In addition to the weight-loss diet, half of the participants took probiotic supplements every day, and the other half took placebo pills.

The results? 

  • After the 12-week weight-loss period, women who took the probiotic pills had lost 9.7 pounds, on average.
  • Women who took the placebos only lost 5.7 pounds.

Just as exciting as the initial weight loss was the fact that after the 12-week maintenance period, the women who took the placebo pills stopped losing weight.  In contrast, the probiotics group continued to shed pounds, losing 1.8 more pounds, on average.

By the end of the study, the women in the probiotics group also had less of the intestinal bacteria known to be related to obesity in their systems.

What About Men? 

For unknown reasons, the probiotics did not have the same slimming effect on the men who participated in the study.  Some scientists speculate this may be due to the fact that women have a more difficult time losing weight, and the probiotics provided the necessary boost.

To take advantage of the slimming effects of probiotic supplements, researchers suggest not only taking a supplement, but also eating more foods that contain probiotics and following an overall healthy diet that’s low in fat and high in fiber.