Probiotics are live bacteria that can benefit your gut and digestive health.
They are found in supplements and foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and natto.
Some studies suggest that certain probiotics can help you lose weight and visceral fat. They may reduce dietary fat absorption in the gut, increasing how much of it you excrete in feces .
In addition, probiotics may help promote higher levels of GLP-1, a fullness hormone, and ANGPTL4, a protein that may help reduce fat storage.
Studies have shown that some probiotic bacteria from the Lactobacillusfamily, such as Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus amylovorus, and especially Lactobacillus gasseri, may help you lose visceral fat.
For example, a study in 210 healthy Japanese adults investigated the effects of taking Lactobacillus gasseri over a 12-week period.
It found that people who took Lactobacillus gasseri lost 8.5% visceral fat. However, as soon as participants stopped taking the probiotic, they gained all of the visceral fat back within a month.
Interestingly, not all studies have shown that probiotics help weight loss. In fact, some studies have shown that certain strains of probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus may actually lead to weight gain.
Research in this area is quite new, so future studies will help clarify the link between probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus gasseri and visceral fat.
Written by Ryan Ramas