First and foremost, let’s establish that probiotics are not preservatives or yogurt flavoring. They are living organisms that are in supplements and foods. They help improve immune and gut health. But they can also help you lose weight by converting indigestible carbs into fatty acids which are absorbed by the body and used as energy thereby impacting the level of calories that are absorbed by the body. However, some probiotics can cause weight gain.
Note that not all probiotics are the same, so they have different effects on the body. The result depends on your lifestyle and diet. The primary thing here is to know the kind of strain to consume. How so? A strain of Lactobacillus Gasseri can prevent weight gain, while another may promote weight gain.
If you are wondering why you are adding some kgs rather than losing them while consuming your probiotic supplements? The issue could be in the mode of delivery. While taking your supplements, you may be destroying the bacteria in your mouth before they go down your gut. Besides, taking probiotics while consuming more calories because you think the bacteria will help you lose weight might not work. There are better ways to stop a hunger headache than eating more.
Most importantly, you may be taking a strain that promotes weight gain. Strains such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus can promote obesity. So when purchasing probiotic-based foods and drinks, be sure to read the ingredients and labels. Moreover, the way you store the products can affect the bacteria. Some strains need refrigeration to survive.