Probiotics for Weight Loss
Could probiotic supplements really help us lose weight? The research shows a definite YES
Probiotic is the beneficial bacteria that inhabit the human intestinal tract. It is derived from Greek and means “for life.” Probiotics include fermented foods: yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir. The easy way to take Probiotics and an incredibly effective and powerful way is in capsule form. Click HERE to learn more.
The connection to gut flora and obesity was discovered by comparing intestinal bacteria in obese vs lean individuals and there were significant differences. Studies in animals found switching the bacterial flora from the colons between fat vs skinny mice would reverse their condition. So, when skinny mice were were given bacterial flora of the fat mice, they became fat mice themselves and vice versa.
There are human studies that show probiotic supplementation can promote weight loss. There is a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Gut bacterial flora can be affected by many factors including diet, antibiotic use, other drugs, and environmental factors. Especially altered gut flora (dysbiosis) created by a diet high in fat and/or low in fiber may be one of the causes of obesity and the risk of developing insulin resistance. The relationship between obesity gut flora may develop very early in life and play a role in setting the stage an ever growing battle against obesity.
A study conducted in 2011 at the Turku University Hospital in Finland gives us food for thought. In the study, 159 women were selected to either Lactobacillus rhamnosus (10 billion colony-forming units) or a placebo. The study was four weeks before expected delivery and six months postpartum. The children were followed over their first ten years. It was found this short-term probiotic supplementation protected against excessive weight gain over the first years of life.
How can bacteria influence weight loss? Several mechanisms are now established. They impact an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase or AMPk. The activity of AMPk goes a long way as to why some people can maintain their ideal body weight, while others fight a constantly to lose weight and keep it off.
AMPk plays a big role in determining our body fat composition and especially the visceral “belly” fat that we carry. The most important influencer of AMPk activity appears to be the sensitivity of the cell to the hormone insulin. With insulin resistance there is reduced AMPk activity.
Insulin resistance is tied closely to 'belly' obesity. If the size and number of fat cells increase, they lead to a reduction in compounds that may promote insulin action, including a protein produced by fat cells known as adiponectin. Even worse is an increase in the secretion of a substance known as resistin. This dampens the effect of insulin.
Adiponectin increases AMPk activation, while resistin impairs AMPk activity. While adiponectin is associated with improved insulin metabolism and sensitivity, resistin is connected with increased blood lipids, poor blood sugar control, and the development of atherosclerosis. Probiotics may help fight and prevent insulin resistance by lowering resistin levels and increasing adiponectin levels which in turn lead to AMPk activation.
There was a double-blind study conducted in Montreal, Canada with 125 overweight men and women over a 12-week weight-loss diet, followed by a 12-week period for maintaining body weight. Through the entire study, 50% of the participants took 2 capsules daily while the other half took a placebo.
After the 12-weeks, the women in the study had an average weight loss of 18 lbs. if they were in the probiotic group and 4 lbs if in the placebo group. After the maintenance period, the weight of the women in the placebo group had remained stable while the probiotic group continued to lose weight, for a total of over 20 lbs. The women consuming the probiotic supplement lost significantly more weight over the 24-week period of the study. No differences in weight loss were noted among the men in the two groups.
70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. By increasing the good flora and bacteria naturally occurring in your digestive tract, you are actually supporting the efficiency of your digestive health and immune health. 40 Billion CFU’s (Colony-Forming Units) teamed with the MAKTrek™ Bi-Pass Delivery System, it ensures that you’re getting more CFU’s per serving to reach your digestive tract.
It is also very important when selecting a probiotic supplement to choose a respected brand. Several analyses of available probiotic supplements show there is a tremendous range of quality.
When looking for a Probiotic that assists both digest health, a stronger immune system and weight loss, the following 2 factors are critical:
- CFU’s_ contains 40 billion CFU's per serving to give you the best support for your gut health and immune system. Most companies have 2-3 billion CFU’s so you need to take more to get the same effects.
- The Weight Loss Blend_4 Professional Grade Strains (40 billion organisms) of Probiotic Bacteria formulated by a Doctor with a Patent to ByPass Stomach Acid.
Sanchez M, Darimont C, Drapeau V, et al. Effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus CGMCC1.3724 supplementation on weight loss and maintenance in obese men and women. Br J Nutr. 2014 Apr 28;111(8):1507-19.
- Maryann Stanger