Probiotics and weight loss

Can probiotics help you to lose weight?

Weight control is a significant worldwide problem, particularly in the United States.

A study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination found the percentage of overweight American adults is now at 64.5 percent. And sadly, this trend holds true for children, too, who are becoming obese at an alarming rate.

Being overweight increases the risks for other health problems, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Gout (joint pain caused by excess uric acid)
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Osteoarthritis (wearing away of the joints)

The more overweight you are, the more likely you are to have health problems.

For someone who is overweight, losing as little as 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of developing diabetes. Even a small weight loss can improve health. However, many overweight people have difficulty reaching their healthy body weight. Making long-term changes in eating and physical activity habits is the best way to lose weight and keep it off over time.

In addition to lifestyle changes, two basic strategies can be used to help control weight with probiotics:

 1) reduce glucose absorption from the intestines;
 2) increase the metabolic use of glucose  

Reducing glucose absorption in the gastrointestinal tract can be assisted by a variety of good products that block sugar absorption.

The food that would ordinarily be absorbed will be consumed by the probiotics.It must contain very high levels of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium bifidum to block sugar absorption and utilization for the production of fat. .

A New Metabolic Use for Glucose

Glucose is a very good energy source and readily lends itself to the production of other substances in the body. If your body has much more energy (in the form of glucose) than it can use, what will it do? It will store the glucose as extra pounds, which you may end up carrying around for the rest of your life. The formula is simple: Too much energy (that is, glucose) equals weight gain. If you take in more calories than you use, you will gain weight.

If you decrease the amount of glucose that passes into your body, then you will effectively decrease the amount available for weight gain. This is a very important point. Glucose and other energy sources do not contribute to your gaining weight until they actually get into your body. That is to say, the energy source must pass through your stomach and intestines before it can be used. It’s not the act of ingesting the energy source that adds the pounds. That means that the calories you are counting are only potential calories until they are actually used to do something.

This is particularly significant in the area of weight control. If you supplement your diet with even larger numbers of probiotics, you can completely overshadow your body’s own ability to utilize these compounds. Very little of the food you ingest will actually be absorbed.

Finding ways to control the appetite is one of many valuable applications of probiotics. This is especially significant when you consider that nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Obesity affects us all, whether we actually are overweight or are simply paying to treat it in others through rising medical and insurance costs. The long-term significance of chronic obesity cannot be underestimated in terms of its effects on society.

A good lifestyle personal trainer/nutrition consultant is educated on probiotics and will guide you on this topic.

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