Let’s not beat around the bush – weight loss can be hard. If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, you might struggle from time to time. Balancing a new diet and a new lifestyle can be hard, at the best of times.
You need all the help you can get. Needless to say, your diet has a direct impact on your weight. It’s not just about cutting back and eating less. The things you eat matters too. Adding certain foods to your diet could actually help aid your weight loss.
While there are loads of superfoods out there, there’s one that you might want to consider. Recent research published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition found that eating probiotics can help you lose weight and reduce your body mass index (BMI). What’s more, the effect that it had was greatest in adults who were overweight.
“To date, quite a few researchers have investigated the effects of probiotics on body weight and BMI, without a consistent result,” lead author Qingqing Zhang told Science Daily. The results are extremely significant because they show that making a small lifestyle change could make all the difference when it comes to shedding those extra pounds.
How to get more probiotics in your diet
First of all, let’s deal with the burning question: What is a probiotic? You’ve probably heard about them before now but you might not know what they actually are. It may all sound scientific right now, but there’s a very simple answer to just that question.
In short, they are a form of ‘good bacteria’ that resides in your gut. They help to keep your digestive system working properly, which means that you need them. Adding foods that have them to your diet could be the answer to good health and, of course, losing weight.
The most obvious food that has probiotics in it is the humble yogurt. There’s no doubt that including some natural yogurt in your diet is a smart and savvy move. However, there are loads of foods that offer probiotics and are healthy to eat. Here are some that you may want to try for yourself:
This German delicacy is rich in vitamins (that’s a given!) but it also offers a wealth of probiotic benefits too. You could make your own or just buy in premade is specialist stores. Have it as a side dish with your next meal.
- Dark chocolate
There’s good news for any chocolate lovers out there! Eating dark chocolate is an excellent way to make sure that you that you increase your probiotics intake. Be sure to get a quality bar of chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. (I would recommend some on a cheat night, everything in moderation!)
Craving a sweet treat? Avoid having over the top ice creams and desserts. Instead, some natural yogurt and honey could be the answer. Not only is this a great source of probiotics, but it’s also packed with calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Similar to sauerkraut, kimchi is an Asian dish that you have to try for yourself. It consists of sour and spiced cabbage and can be kept for months on end. Filled with vitamins, it also has a wealth of probiotic benefits. Give it a go!
Healthy diet = healthy life!
Of course, you should never overlook the importance of your diet. If you’re thinking of making any major changes to your current eating plan, be sure to talk to your trainer about it first. As always, if you have any questions, give me a shout!
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