Probiotics May Help Lose Belly Fat After Pregnancy
According to researchers at the University of Turku in Finland, probiotics may help women reduce belly fat after pregnancy. This was discovered after enrolling 256 pregnant women in a study. The result was later presented at the 17th European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam.
You must have heard already about the positive effects of probiotics in digestion and overall health and wellness. Recently, the link between obesity and good bacteria has become quite popular, as well.
The Correct Weight Loss Blog tells us about the findings of the study and explains the probiotics and obesity link.
Women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a lower incidence of central obesity, one year after pregnancy. Central obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 and a waist circumference of more than 31.5 inches. The group of women that took probiotics had a 25% incidence of central obesity when measured 1 year after pregnancy as compared to 43% in women who did not. These women also had the lowest body fat percentage.
The link between obesity and gut bacteria has been gaining popularity in recent times with more research showing a correlation. Not everyone consuming the same food will absorb the same amount of calories. Gut bacteria have been identified as a possible reason for this.
2 recent studies focusing on mice and humans were published in the magazine Nature. These studies identified a correlation between gut bacteria and being overweight. Apparently a family of bacteria called firmicutes was found to be more in obese people. Obese people carry 20% more of this particular family of bacteria. The study also listed another family of bacteria called bacteroidetes that were almost 90% less in obese people.
According to the study, obese mice were more efficient than lean mice at harvesting calories from complex sugars and depositing those calories in fat. The researchers attributed this to the gut bacteria. When obese people lost weight, virtually all the bacteroidetes increased, while the firmicute bacteria shrank.
As such, they may be a lot or merit in trying to build up on the useful gut bacteria by consuming food rich in these friendly bacteria such as yogurt. Alternatively, one could also consume a probiotic supplement.
Make no delay, get your probiotics now and load your gut with good bacteria!
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