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The verdict is in… there’s an all-natural pill that’s scientifically proven to help you lose weight. If you eat healthy, get in some exercise and take this “pill” daily you’ll have a much easier time getting your weight where you’d prefer it to be.
What’s even more exciting is that this isn’t one of those sketchy weight loss pills that hop you up on caffeine, give you the jitters or contain a questionable herb that isn’t approved for use in the United States…
This “weight loss pill” will improve your health in a bunch of other ways too. It will help reduce your risks of developing diabetes, multiple sclerosis, bipolar disorder and dementia. And, on top of all that, it can make your gut healthier, your brain sharper, your bones stronger and your skin youthful.
I know it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not…
A daily probiotic can really be just that powerful
Some doctors still scoff at the idea that probiotics really do all that people say they do. It just seems too simple. And for many years, there hasn’t been enough science to convince them otherwise. But that’s all changing.
It seems like every other day, a new scientific study comes out supporting the health benefits of probiotics. And now we have research that confirms once and for all that probiotics help you lose weight.
Now the effect of probiotics on weight loss has been studied before. In some studies, researchers found a positive correlation between probiotic intake and weight loss, but in others, the results were inconclusive. That’s why this time, researchers from Taizhou People’s Hospital, Taizhou, China, wanted to make sure that there was no room for doubt.
They combined the findings of 25 randomized human trials, examining the relationship between probiotic consumption and body weight in over 1,900 adults. And they came to a conclusive result: People who take probiotics do lose weight. If you’re overweight, probiotics are especially helpful in helping you drop the pounds, according to researchers.
Researchers also discovered two important tips you need to follow if you’re taking probiotics for weight loss:
- Take them for eight weeks or longer if you want to experience any weight loss benefits.
- Take more than one probiotic strain daily.
Previous research has shown that probiotics in the Lactobacillus family are particularly effective when it comes to weight loss. So a multi-strain probiotic supplement that includes Lactobacillus is a good place to start if you’re serious about seeing the pounds melt away.
Fiber can boost these benefits
Some fibers are known as prebiotics. And prebiotics feed probiotics. That’s because probiotics are bacteria — the good kind — and they need the right nutrition to thrive in your gut and help you thrive too.
One study shows that eating more fiber can boost levels of a healthy gut bacteria called Bacteroidetes, which is usually found in the guts of lean people. And studies consistently tie low-fiber diets to weight gain.
You don’t necessarily have to turn to a fiber supplement to get more fiber. You can choose to eat more fiber in your diet. Food that contain prebiotic fiber include:
- Chicory root
- Dandelion greens
- Jerusalem artichokes
- Konjac root
- Burdock root
- Yacon root
- Wheat bran
- Jicama root
But since so many people seem to struggle with getting enough fiber through diet alone, a scoop of fiber powder in your morning smoothie isn’t a bad idea. Better yet, look for one that has a blend of both probiotics and prebiotic fiber.
Physical exercise also has benefits that are too good to pass up. But a little help from weight-melting probiotics certainly won’t hurt. Try brisk walking to get started.
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Kadooka, M. Sato, K. Imaizumi, A. Ogawa, et al. “Regulation of abdominal adiposity by probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055) in adults with obese tendencies in a randomized controlled trial.” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010 Jun;64(6):636-43.