Do Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

Everyone is talking about the health benefits of having a healthy gut, and for good reason. Research has shown that a healthy gut is not only important for digestion, but is key for our overall wellbeing.

Gut health is connected to the function of our immune system, our mental wellness, our sleep quality, and even for weight loss.

A healthy gut requires the presence of "good bacteria". Because our diets don't always support this, probiotics have become invaluable in maintaining the healthy bacteria in your gut.

I've read recent literature that is touting the benefits of probiotics for weight loss. Is there any substance behind this? The research is saying, YES!

Research suggests that your gut health influences body weight, and some studies have linked probiotic supplementation to decreased body fat, waist circumference, and BMI.

Probiotics may be what’s missing from weight loss plans that focus only on counting calories. Research now shows that when those on traditional weight loss plans take probiotics, they can lose almost twice as much as those who don’t take them.

Let's look further into how probiotics can help you shed those extra pounds.

How Do Probiotics Help You Lose Weight?

How do probiotics help you lose weight? Dr. Angela Walk

Researchers have identified a relationship between our gut's habitat (microorganisms and bacteria) and body weight.

Researchers found that those who have changes in gut bacteria are more susceptible to being overweight and obese in several ways, including increasing insulin resistance, inflammation, and fat storage.

Probiotics play a huge role in your gut health. The gut is also the absorption center for vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients.

So, if your gut is compromised, it decreases your metabolism, and any disruption in our metabolism changes how effectively we burn calories and fat.