Here’s some good news for yogurt lovers: consuming probiotics could help you lose weight and keep it off… at least if you’re a woman.
Scientists already know that the bacteria living in the digestive tracks of obese people — their “intestinal flora” — is quite different from that of lean people. The difference is mainly due to the effects of high fat, low fiber diets. They also already know that the type of bacteria in your gut can have a direct effect on your body weight.
So the question is: can adding the right kinds of “good” bacteria to your body — by taking probiotic supplements for example — help you lose pounds and keep them off?