A surprising new study claims that the secret to weight loss may be in your poop, and that some diets may be wrong for you.
Weight loss is hard, and a remarkable new study claims that you may be making it harder on yourself by choosing the wrong diet for your body. As it turns out, the secret to weight loss may be in our poop, according to the study, which was published in the International Journal of Obesity recently.
Scientists examined the bacteria that makes up the “microbiome,” an ecosystem of sorts that lives inside your intestines. Microbiomes can vary greatly from person to person, and so researchers wanted to take a closer look to see if this gut bacteria could have an impact on your ability to lose weight. What they found floored them.
After examining the feces of 62 overweight people over 26 weeks on either the New Nordic Diet, which is heavy on fiber and whole grains, and the Average Danish Diet, they found great differences between certain groups. For example, those with high counts of Bacteroides or Prevotella bacteria who were on the New Nordic Diet lost seven more pounds of body fat than those with high levels of those bacteria who were on the other diet. Those with low levels of bacteria so no marked difference between the two diets.
So if you’re having trouble losing weight, maybe it’s time to try a different diet, and keep changing until you find one that works for you body.
“Human intestinal bacteria have been linked to the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, and scientists have started to investigate whether the intestinal bacteria can play a role in the treatment of overweight. But it is only now that we have a breakthrough demonstrating that certain bacterial species play a decisive role in weight regulation and weight loss” says Professor Arne Astrup, Head of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.