Gut bacteria may play a role in weight regain after dieting

A study, published in Nature suggests that gut bacteria may play a role in weight regain after dieting.

Maintenance of long-term weight loss is difficult in humans and the reasons for this are largely unknown. Researchers from Israel investigated how a high fat diet, followed by a normal diet, affects gut bacteria in mice. Researchers found that the high fat diet lead to weight gain and to changes in the mice’s gut microbiome and these changes persisted even after weight had returned to normal. Further exposure to a high fat diet lead the mice to rapidly regain weight.

The findings suggest that periods of obesity lead to changes in gut microbiome and these changes predispose the mice to weight regain after dieting. Further research is needed in the area to examine whether these findings can be replicated and if they would be similar in humans.

 

Posted: 30/11/2016 09:53:41 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Bacteria, Diet, Weight


 

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