Weight Loss Success Tips
Feed Your Microbiome
The microbiome is the community of microorganisms that exists in a particular environment, in this case the gastrointestinal tract.
Probiotics are essential for a healthy microbiome. They are a type of beneficial bacteria that can play a key role in weight management.
Not only has some research found that the gut microbiome may impact weight gain, but alterations in its composition could also be linked to a greater risk of obesity.
Regular intake of probiotics can shift the balance toward beneficial gut flora, reducing the risk of weight gain to help you reach and maintain a moderate weight.
Some strains of probiotics have also been shown to be particularly effective at helping reduce belly fat in individuals who are already living with obesity. These include:
- Lactobacillus fermentum
- Lactobacillus amylovorus
- Lactobacillus gasseri
Probiotic foods include fermented ingredients like Sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, tempeh, kimchi, and pickles.
It's important to note that probiotics do not necessarily cause weight loss. However it is crucial to have the right balance of gut bacteria in order to avoid unnecessary weight gain. It may also be a factor in weight loss plateauing, where a persons weight gets stuck after a period of steady weight loss.
Probiotics may help build up beneficial gut flora. Some Lactobacillus strains have been shown to be effective at helping prevent weight gain and reduce belly fat in individuals already living with obesity, but this is typically in conjunction with other lifestyle changes.