Probiotics for Weight Loss 


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Being overweight leads to lots of problems in life and also increases the risk of certain diseases like high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, heart problems, etc. You must manage your weight to prevent obesity and its complications, which is a chronic disease. Diet and lifestyle changes play a key role in weight loss. But some probiotics are best for weight loss, as they improve gut health which helps to burn fat. Doral Health & Wellness has doctors and staff who are specialized in treating weight-related problems. 

Learn more in detail in this article.  

What are probiotics?  

A Probiotic is a supplement that contains live microorganisms that provide health benefits to the host. Certain foods have natural probiotics while some manufacturers add concentrated doses in supplements or foods. Probiotic supplements contain large doses of live good bacteria that promote good health by improving the composition of colonic gut bacteria.  

Research shows that probiotics can enhance immune function, decrease inflammation, and positively impact nervous system functionality. Additionally, some researchers believe it can be an effective treatment for overweight and obesity problems.  

Gut bacteria and weight 

Gut bacteria are also linked with weight. In our guts, there are hundreds of microorganisms. Most of them are good bacteria that help to produce nutrients, including vitamin K or vitamin B. They also help break down fiber that the body can’t digest by turning it into a beneficial short chain of fatty acids like butyrate. There are two main types of bacteria found in the gut – Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. Our body weight is related to the balance of these two families of bacteria.  

When you are an overweight or obese person your firmicutes levels increase and Bacteroidetes levels get decreased compared to overweight people. People with obesity have fewer gut bacteria than lean people. Additionally, obese people with fewer gut bacteria tend to gain more weight than people who have more gut bacteria.  

How do probiotics work? 

Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria which help to break down nutrients and get energy from food, but it isn’t clear how probiotics are effective for weight loss. Probiotics produce acetate, propionate, and butyrate which are short-chain fatty acids that influence appetite and energy usage. While it does reduce the absorption of dietary fat by increasing the amount of fat excreted from excrement. It means probiotics make your body absorb fewer calories from the food you eat. Studies also show people who drink probiotic fermented milk daily for 3 months can lose some of the visceral fat. 

Other than that, probiotics prevent weight gain in these ways too:  

Release appetite-regulating hormones: 

Probiotics also help to release the appetite-reducing hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 and peptide YY(PYY). The increase in these hormone levels allows you to burn more calories and fat.  

Increased levels of fat-regulating proteins:  

Probiotics also increase levels of the protein angiopoietin-like 4 which can decrease fat storage.  

Obesity leads to inflammation throughout the body. Improving your gut health with probiotics can reduce this inflammation and protect it against obesity and other diseases. Still, more research is required to understand its mechanisms. 

Risks of taking probiotics  

While most probiotics are safe, there are some risks associated with them: 


Probiotics are available in fermented foods or supplements; both need to go through testing as medicines which means you can’t be sure of the quality of the probiotics you’re buying. It is hard to tell if the product has enough bacteria that affect your body. In case the product isn’t stored correctly or is close to its expiry date, bacteria can be harmful to your gut.  

Different strains:  

Probiotics supplements offer different bacterial strains. Researchers are still not sure which strains exactly affect weight loss. That’s why it’s essential to keep in mind that if you’re taking a probiotic specifically for weight loss; you need to check several types of probiotic supplements to figure out the right one for you.  

Antibiotic resistance: 

People who have weak immune systems or severe diseases might get sick from probiotics. You should avoid consuming probiotics if you’re taking medication for any disease or have a weak immune system. Consult a doctor first before taking the probiotic supplement.  

While probiotics can make a positive impact on metabolism, long-term usage of the same probiotics supplement can make your immune system resistant to infectious pathogens. This also makes antibiotic resistant and other worst health consequences. 

Long-term probiotic use may cause bacterial overgrowth in the intestine which increases the risk of getting infected by opportunistic infections which are life-threatening for people who have weak immune systems.  

Probiotics are good for gut health and somewhat effective for weight loss. But it is not risk-free, so only take probiotics for weight loss when prescribed by a qualified doctor or healthcare provider.   

Want to learn more about weight loss plans and planning for weight loss surgery? 

Walk in for an appointment at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212. Doral Health & Wellness has an advanced bariatric clinic that offers laparoscopic surgeries in bariatrics including Gastric sleeve surgery, Gastric bypass surgery, and Sleeve gastrectomy. 

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