This Might Be Why you Aren’t Losing Weight

You’ve been eating right and exercising for 6 whole months and still don’t see any substantial changes in your body.  You’re going crazy trying to figure out what’s going on, and the confidence you had when you first started is dwindling.

It’s frustrating I know, but before you call it quits I just want to let you know that it probably has nothing to do with your diet and exercise routine.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “a preliminary study suggests that, for some people, specific activities of gut bacteria may be responsible for their inability to lose weight’.   Imagine that. 

You work your butt off to…well literally work your butt off, and then you find out some annoying bacteria inside of you is working even harder to combat your success.   Vandana Nehra, M.D, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist and co-senior author of the study, breaks it down into more scientific terms.

Dr. Nehra states that “Gut bacteria have the capacity to break down complex food particles, which provides us with additional energy.  But, for some individuals trying to lose weight, this process may become a hindrance.”  She and her colleagues set out to a theory, believing that certain gut bacteria functions could be to blame.

Their research team conducted research via a sample group of 25 people in 2013.  They found that “specifically, the bacteria Phascolarctobacterium was associated with weight loss success, while the bacteria Dialister was associated with failure to lose weight”.  This leads Dr. Nehra and her team to believe that their theory might be true.

Of course, this was a small sample size and more testing and research will be needed to confirm, but this news could be just what the doctor ordered.  If it can be confirmed that these bacteria are affecting weight loss so dramatically, then two great things are going to happen.

  1. whoever comes up with the pill to control these bacteria is going to be rich!  Cha-ching!
  2. This might spell relief for those frustrated, hard-working individuals who have been trying to improve their health and appearance. Until then I guess we’ll always have probiotics.
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