Probiotics are live microorganisms (the good kind!) that can help to replenish friendly bacteria in your gut and support overall gut health.
But did you know that they could also help you lose weight?* Taking a high-strength vegan probiotic like LifeGive Instinct Probiotic could help support your weight loss*.
8 ways weight loss could be helped with probiotics
1. Reducing dietary fat absorption
Probiotics feed the microbiome and can help gut bacteria absorb dietary fat in the intestine and excrete it when you go to the toilet, rather than storing it in the body.
2. Cutting calorie intake
If your gut bacteria absorb and consume dietary fat in the intestine, this could help reduce your overall calorie intake, as fat is very calorie-dense.
3. Speeding up your metabolism
Probiotics can increase metabolic rate in brown fat tissues - this helps to burn fat!
4. Balancing blood sugar and fat in the liver
Probiotics can help metabolize bile acids, activating the farnesoid X receptor, which promotes weight loss.
5. Controlling appetite
A new study has found that bacteria in the gut produce appetite-suppressing proteins about 20 minutes after a meal.
6. Keeping you full
The proteins released by ‘full’ bacteria stimulate the release of a hormone called peptide YY, which has been linked to a feeling of satiety.
7. Supporting gut health
By improving gut health, probiotics may reduce systemic inflammation which is linked to obesity and weight gain.
8. Promoting direct weight loss
Direct weight loss just from taking probiotics was observed in a 2014 study in the UK in which dieting women who took Lactobacillus rhamnosus for 3 months lost 50% more weight than those who didn’t.
Another study in 2013 published in the British Journal of Nutrition of 210 people found that taking even low doses of Lactobacillus gasseri for 12 weeks resulted in an 8.5% reduction of belly fat.
*When taken alongside a healthy, balanced diet and exercise.