It’s time to add probiotic-packed yogurt to your grocery list: The dairy product may help boost your weight loss results, per new research in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. “Probiotics are ‘beneficial bacteria’ that promote a healthy gut environment and obstruct the growth of ‘bad bacteria,'” says Rania Batayneh, M.P.H., author of The One One One Diet. “Various studies show they help lower chronic inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity in both diabetic and healthy individuals, and lower cortisol levels, which are key players in belly fat,” says Batayneh.
For the study, researchers assigned 75 overweight and obese participants to different eight-week diet groups: regular yogurt/low-calorie diet, probiotic yogurt/low-calorie diet, and probiotic yogurt with a diet that wasn’t low-calorie. The participants who ate probiotic yogurt were instructed to eat 200 grams (the equivalent of one cup) per day of a yogurt enhanced with the probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium, and Lactobacillus casei.