Studies have already demonstrated that the intestinal flora of obese individuals differs from that of thin people. That difference may be due to the fact that a diet high in fat and low in fiber promotes certain bacteria at the expense of others.
Researchers tried to determine if the consumption of probiotics could help reset the balance of the intestinal microbiota in favor of bacteria that promote a healthy weight.
125 overweight men and women underwent a 12-week weight-loss diet, followed by a 12-week period aimed at maintaining body weight. Half the participants were given a probiotic that contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus while the other half received a placebo.
After the 12-week diet period, researchers observed an average weight loss of 4.4 kg (9.68 lbs) in women in the probiotic group and 2.6 kg (5.72 lbs) in the placebo group. Read more