Is it possible to lose weight by changing the bacteria living in our gut?
We’ve known for years that by changing your diet, you can change the type of bacteria living in your gut.
But research from the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle shows that gut bacteria can be to blame if you can’t lose weight…
It can also improve your ability to lose weight, even if you have been resistant to weight loss.
Weight Loss Bacteria Results
The Institute’s research results show that people who had more beneficial bacteria lost more than 1% of their body weight per month over 6 to 12 months.
That is 6-12% of body weight. So for a 200 pound person, that’s 12 to 24 pounds…
Just from getting more good bacteria in the gut.
Another key finding was that, of those who lost more weight, bacteria grew faster, and multiplied more. So clearly, we need more of this good, “skinny” bacteria.
Here’s how you can do it…
How To Get More Good Bacteria
One particular gut bacteria is often found in slim people. It’s called Akkermansia muciniphila.
Akkermansia feeds on the mucus that lines your gut, which strengthens your intestinal lining. This is important, because people with obesity tend to have a weaker gut lining.
These microbes also make important fatty acids that regulate body fat and appetite.
Foods To Boost Skinny Bacteria
You can get more A. muciniphila in your gut with certain prebiotic foods. You’ve heard of most of these, but making sure you get more could help Akkermansia grow in your gut and guard against obesity.
- Concord grapes
- Black tea
- Fish oil
- Bamboo shoots
- Rhubarb extract