The simple trick to weight loss

If you've ever struggled to lose weight -- if you've ever practically starved yourself on a diet and lost only ounces instead of pounds -- then I've got a simple trick you need to try proving the benefits of probiotics that could turbocharge your weight loss.

It's a stomach reset, and it's not as complicated as it sounds.

Most people are struggling with low levels of good bacteria in the stomach and high levels of the bad ones. That can lead to poor digestion, immune system problems and more.

It can also make it easy to gain weight and extra tough to lose it.

But if you add a quality probiotic supplement to your regimen, you can "reset" your bacteria, restore balance and start losing weight with ease as some of the benefits of probiotics.

In one recent study, dieting women given the probiotic supplement Lactobacillus rhamnosus lost weight at double the rate of dieting women given placebo capsules. Even better, women given L. rhamnosus continued to lose weight after the diet was over, during the maintenance phase.

For women on the placebo, weight loss stopped the moment the diet ended.

The one downside to the study is that it didn't find a benefit for men. But gents, that finding doesn't mean the benefits of probiotics can't or won't work for you.

While L. rhamnosus is a terrific strain and one I recommend to my own patients, it's only a starting point.

To really restore order to your gut and give yourself a reset, you need more -- you need multiple strains of human-tested bacteria. And once you've picked the right strains, you need the right amounts. That means a minimum of a billion colony-forming units, or CFUs.

Be very cautious here; "probiotic" has become a marketing buzzword and much of what I've seen out there is worthless.

Once you have what your belly needs, you'll get more than faster weight loss. You'll enjoy a stronger immune system, fewer illnesses, a better mood and more.

The benefits of probiotics can even help prevent colds, and cut both the duration and the severity if you do get sick.

I have more tell you on this, but I can't possibly fit it all in here. For the full story on probiotics, read the May 2012 edition of my Health Revelations newsletter.

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