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The results of a new study reveal what a person’s ability to lose weight may have to do with their guts — specifically, their microbiome.

Microbiomes are the microorganisms that help us break down food, and each has an army of these little helpers. Researchers at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle decided to see what role the microbiome might play when it comes to weight loss.


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Scientists tracked the baseline microbiome of 105 people trying to lose weight met That despite the whole group implementing healthy dietary changes, about half of them did not lose weight. Looking at the participants’ baseline gut microbiomes, the researchers found that those whose bodies were resistant to weight loss had microbiomes with lower bacterial growth rates than their now thinner counterparts.

What the ISB study ultimately determined was that there are some people who simply don’t lose weight because of dietary changes, and those need more intervention than simply switching to eating.

“At least, this work may lead to a diagnosis to identify individuals who will respond well to moderately healthy lifestyle changes, and who may require more drastic measures for weight loss,” said ISB assistant professor. Dr. Sean Gibbons said in a statement.

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The doctor, who is a corresponding author on the paper, explained, “By understanding which microbes and metabolic processes in the gut microbiome help promote weight loss, we can begin to design targeted prebiotic and probiotic interventions that are effective in promoting weight loss.” Weight loss can push a resistant microbiome. To look like a permissive microbiome for weight loss.”