If you’re not on the probiotic train after my last post, it’s time to get on board because aside from their health and beauty-boosting benefits, probiotics can help you lose weight and shed belly fat!
Studies show that leaner people have a greater diversity of beneficial gut bacteria than people who are overweight, and your good bugs may influence your body fat percentage more than your diet or genetic makeup.
A recent study found that beneficial bacterial strains from the Lactobacillus family can inhibit the absorption of dietary fat, reducing the number of calories your body absorbs from food.
Specifically, this study showed that eating yogurt containing Lactobacillus strains reduced body fat by 3-4% over a 6 week period.
Another study of overweight dieters found that the women taking probiotics lost 50% more weight compared to the control group.
How probiotics help you lose weight
Probiotics help to release an appetite-reducing hormone called GLP-1. Increased levels of this hormone also helps you burn more fat and calories.
Probiotics can also increase levels of a protein called angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4 ) which decreases fat storage and reduces belly fat.
Here’s my favorite probiotic that contains three strains from the weight loss promoting Lactobacillus family.