Obesity has been associated with an altered gut microbiome (different ratios of bacteria in the gut). So the question begs to be asked, do probiotics help with belly fat related obesity?
In the journal of microbial pathogenesis there was a meta analysis that was done, “We identified 17 RCTs in humans, 51 on farm animals and 14 experimental models. Lactobacillus acidophilus administration resulted in significant weight gain in humans and in animals…Lactobacillus fermented and lactobacillus ingluviei were associated with weight gain in animals. Lactobacillus plantarum was associated with weight loss in animals and lactobacillus gasseri was associated with weight loss both in obese humans and in animals.”
So there are actually certain probiotics that contribute to weight gain, but there are also probiotics that contribute to weight loss, which in particular you can see are lactobacillus planetarium and lactobacillus gasseri.
It would be important to look at what you’re eating, so that you can identify what probiotics you need to eliminate from your diet. Lactobacillus acidophilus is in a lot of commonly eaten products, yet it is the type of probiotic that results weight gain. Make sure to check labels and look at the specific type of probiotic that you’re taking. At this time we don’t really know where the weight is gained for probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus, it could be good weight and it could be bad weight. So rather than to take that risk, it’s safest to eliminate it.
Probiotics are also given to animals that people eat. For example, in order to make a chicken bigger, they will feed chickens probiotics that will cause it to gain weight. It’s possible that by eating the chicken that took the probiotics to gain weight, that you may be causing yourself to gain weight as a result.
Another thing to consider is that when you take antibiotics, this alters the gut microbiome by destroying both good and bad bacteria. After antibiotics make sure to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria before you introduce food and supplements that can cause bad bacteria to reproduce in your body.
A 12 week long study was done in which group 1 had 200 g/day of fermented milk and group 2 had 200 g/day of fermented milk with lactobacillus gasseri. Group 2 had amazing results, both subcutaneous and toxic visceral belly fat decreased significantly. The visceral fat decreased by 4.6%, the subcutaneous fast decreased by 3.3%, and their waists got 1.8% smaller. Group 1, who didn’t receive the probiotic did not see any improvements.
Lactobacillus gasseri is found in the female lower reproductive tract and it is also found in human breast milk.
Another study that tested whether lactobacillus gasseri helps with weight loss had 3 groups: The control group, which received the placebo, the low dose group, and the high dose group. The visceral fat decreased significantly in the high dose group, and in both the low and high dose groups, the waist circumference decreased. The placebo group experienced no changes.
So if you’re going to take a probiotic with the intention of slimming your waist, that’s a good option.
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