Have you heard of something called “probiotics”? Don’t be put off by the scientific-sounding name. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand what probiotics do for you! They are a supplement to your meal plan that you take in the form of a pill. Probiotics put good bacteria back into your body that help you fight off disease and keep your digestive system healthy. They are found in fermented foods like yogurt, sour cream, and pickles, as well as in supplement form that you can take as a pill or sprinkle on your food.
Can probiotics help with weight loss?
You may be interested to know that a recent study shows that as well as helping you fight disease, probiotics can help you lose weight! 125 overweight men and women took part in the study. They were put on a 3-month weight loss program, and then spent the next three months trying to keep off the weight that they had lost. Half of the people in the study were given probiotic pills for the entire 6 months of the sudy, and the other half were not.
The women in the study who took probiotics reduced their weight by twice as much as the women who did not take it. For the men in the study, there was no difference in weight loss between those who took probiotics and those who did not take it.
So should women take probiotics to lose weight?
These results are interesting, but they don’t prove that every woman who takes probiotics will lose weight. More studies need to be done to figure out exactly why they help some people lose weight and not others. Probiotics are safe, so there is very little (if any) health risk to taking them. Even if they don’t help you lose weight, they can help keep your digestive system healthy. However, you should always talk to you healthcare provider before you start taking any new medicines – including supplements.