According to researchers at the University of Turku in Finland, probiotics may help women reduce belly fat after pregnancy. This was discovered after enrolling 256 pregnant women in a study. The result was later presented at the 17th European Congress on Obesity in Amsterdam.
You must have heard already about the positive effects of probiotics in digestion and overall health and wellness. Recently, the link between obesity and good bacteria has become quite popular, as well.
Women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a lower incidence of central obesity, one year after pregnancy. Central obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 and a waist circumference of more than 31.5 inches. The group of women that took probiotics had a 25% incidence of central obesity when measured 1 year after pregnancy as compared to 43% in women who did not. These women also had the lowest body fat percentage.
The link between obesity and gut bacteria has been gaining popularity in recent times with more research showing a correlation. Not everyone consuming the same food will absorb the same amount of calories. Gut bacteria have been identified as a possible reason for this.
2 recent studies focusing on mice and humans were published in the magazine Nature. These studies identified a correlation between gut bacteria and being overweight. Apparently a family of bacteria called firmicutes was found to be more in obese people. Obese people carry 20% more of this particular family of bacteria. The study also listed another family of bacteria called bacteroidetes that were almost 90% less in obese people.
According to the study, obese mice were more efficient than lean mice at harvesting calories from complex sugars and depositing those calories in fat. The researchers attributed this to the gut bacteria. When obese people lost weight, virtually all the bacteroidetes increased, while the firmicute bacteria shrank.
As such, they may be a lot or merit in trying to build up on the useful gut bacteria by consuming food rich in these friendly bacteria such as yogurt. Alternatively, one could also consume a probiotic supplement.
Thank you so much for this valuable information. I never heard of this Probiotics. But since it has been researched on 256 pregnant women, I think the result shows itself. It was nice to read about the mice and human studies. By the way I'm 3 months pregnant now and I have already started gaining weight these days. I think I will have to take Probiotics after my baby is born. You didn't mention when to take this Probiotics though. I think I will have to consult my Doc for the same. Thanks for this infomraiton again.
Along with exercises, healthy practices are also important like daily intake of probiotics. Exercises would no longer be effective if healthy practices are not adopted along. They are live microorganisms present in the colon naturally. When natural balance of good and bad bacteria gets disturbed, certain complications like constipation, heartburn and diarrhea starts developing. They can be controlled by eating yogurt as it contains live and active cultures of bacteria and is also a natural source of probiotics. You can also buy supplements but do read out the labels mentioning live and active cultures of bacteria. helps in controlling the intestinal upsets and thus retain healthy and good bacteria.