Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Eat Your Bacteria to Lose Weight

Yahoo! Health News had an article about the benefits of probiotics for weight loss. Since you're a busy person I'm going to give you the Cliff Notes version. (aka the ADD version)

  • Your body is made up of more bacteria cells than human cells (scary thought). So I guess when you say someone is slime you are actually being accurate. :-/
  • Stanford researchers have been using probiotics with extremely obese people who have undergone gastric bypass surgery with good results.
  • Studies have shown that "normal" weight people and overweight people have different ratios of bacteria in their guts.
  • It's too soon to say for certain whether bad bacteria are making people fat. But it doesn't hurt to follow the following tips.
  • Eat more yogurt.
  • Avoid fruit on the bottom yogurts and other sugary kinds. Greek yogurt is a good choice.
  • Feed your good bacteria with prebiotics (tiny fibers found in some fruits and veggies) which you can find in wheat, bananas, onions, garlic and leeks. Your probiotics love to munch on prebiotics.
  • Can't handle dairy? You can talk to your doctor or nutritionist about "pharmaceutical grade" probiotics.
  • Don't slack off on the exercise and eat yogurt to lose weight. This is just a bonus to keep the pipes running and may add to your weight loss efforts.


  1. Yogurt has some probiotic, but fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi are the way to go. Make sure you don't get ones containing vinegar.

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  2. Taking probiotic supplements has definitely helped keep me, ahem, regular. Plus, they help mitigate the effects of my husband's food allergies (there's always something that seems to slip by...there's wheat in almost everything!).


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