Can Probiotics really help you lose weight?

It’s considered to be a friendly bacteria. Foods containing probiotics like yogurt and probiotic supplements have gotten a lot of mileage off promoting it as a way to lose weight. Many of these marketers are claiming that it is more of a natural way to lose weight. Marketers of these supplements say obese people can correct bacterial imbalances that could lead to weight gain and help these people start losing weight. The questions are can these claims be backed by any studies? According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers from Laval University in Quebec had 125 overweight men and women follow a 12-week-loss diet. Half of the participants took probiotic pills while the other half took placebo pills. The women that took the probiotic pills lost about 10 pounds while the women on the placebo pills only lost about 5.5 pounds. By the end of the study, they also found that the women who had been taking the probiotic pills had less intestinal bacteria relating to obesity in their bodies. The results also found that probiotics had little impact on helping men lose weight. That’s interesting enough, but before you go running out to your local GNC to purchase some probiotics I suggest try including the following foods that will increase the intake of probiotics in your diet:
Yogurt
Kefir
Kimchi
Miso
If you are thinking about using probiotics as a tool to help you lose weight, consult a health professional, or you can also contact me. Studies show that probiotics may also help with things such as diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome to name a few. Again, I would stress working with a health professional to track the results of your efforts and see if probiotics might work for you. There are, of course, many possible paths you can take when attempting to lose weight. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Dr. Shah, M.D.