Get Rid of Belly Fat With Yogurt
Dec 13th, 2012
Many studies have found that beneficial bacteria known as probiotics may help reduce cholesterol levels. Recently, researchers in Canada studied how probiotics interfere with our body’s absorption of fat calories which has the potential to get rid of belly fat.
Belly fat is associated with an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and even early death. An extra inch around the midsection might be okay, but people don’t need to have a seriously large gut to have major health concern.
For the study, participants who were slightly overweight were given yogurt which contained either Lactobacillus fermentum or Lactobacillus amylovorus. After about 45 days, the team found that the group given L. fermentum lost three per cent of their body fat and those given L. amylovorus lost four per cent of body fat. They also found that most of the fat loss occurred in the belly.
“Normally we digest all the food and absorb all the calories,” said lead researcher Peter Jones of the University of Manitoba. ”We think the probiotics interfered with the absorption of those calories, so that more calories went out the tailpipe and there were less calories to pack on the abdominal fat.”
Scientists suspect that the link between probiotic consumption and belly fat loss might be related to “bile salts.” Bile salts are produced in the liver and aids in the digestion of fats.
“By destroying those bile salts, which is what those hungry little bacteria do, they interfere with the absorption of fat,” Jones said.
According to researchers, consuming probiotics is not enough to lose fat without proper diet and regular exercise. However, for those who want to shed pounds or get rid of fat through conventional methods, probiotics may provide additional fat-burning boost.
Source: VISTA Health Solutions
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