Skinny Bacteria: Can It Help You Lose Weight?

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Skinny Bacteria: Can It Help You  Lose Weight?

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.

  • Cranberries
  • Concord grapes
  • Black tea
  • Fish oil
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Flaxseeds
  • Rhubarb extract


  • Maintaining a healthy gut depends on good bacteria.
  • We’ve known for a while that we can change the type of bacteria in our gut by changing our diet.
  • New research shows that we can also control our weight by controlling our microbiome.
  • One bacteria in particular helps strengthen the intestinal lining, and makes important fatty acids that regulate body fat and appetite. It’s called A. muciniphila.
  • Good sources of A. muciniphila are cranberries, concord grapes, black tea, fish oil, bamboo shoots, flaxseeds, and rhubarb extract.



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