Can a daily dose of yogurt help you burn fat? New research shows probiotics can boost your metabolism.
Boost your metabolism and burn fat with a daily dose of yogurt? It may be possible, says new research published in October
2012 by the Journal of Functional Foods. Researchers gave overweight, but otherwise healthy, adults about 1/2 cup of
yogurt at dinner every night for six weeks. Some ate yogurt supplemented with a hefty dose of probiotics (either
Lactobacillus fermentum or L. amylovorus), while others got regular yogurt, which is simply fermented with
probiotics. Though none of the subjects lost weight, those consuming the probiotic-enriched yogurt lost 3 to 4 percent body
fat, compared to just 1 percent body fat lost with yogurt.
Probiotics boost the beneficial bacteria in the GI tract, which researchers believe may promote fat burning. One caveat: the
two strains of probiotics used in the study aren’t widely available or found in conventional supermarket yogurts—and more
research is needed to know if other strains are equally as beneficial. To ensure your yogurt delivers a decent amount of
probiotics, look for one that carries the “Live & Active Cultures” seal (that means it contains about the same amount of
probiotics that had fat-burning benefits).