This one weird thing might be why you're not losing weight, according to scientists
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Exercising regularly and eating healthily but still not losing weight? Maybe a thorough analysis of your poo is what you need – at least according to scientists. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark conducted a small study to see whether our faeces could offer clues about how to shed our stubborn fat. They say our gut bacteria may play a bigger role in weight loss than we think. “Human intestinal bacteria have been linked to the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity and scientists have started to investigate whether the intestinal bacteria can play a role in the treatment of overweight,” said Arne Astrup, of the University of Copenhagen. “But it is only now that we have a breakthrough demonstrating that certain bacterial species play a decisive role in weight regulation and weight loss.” The study involved getting the test subjects to try out different diets. 31 subjects were were asked to follow the New Nordic Diet (rich in whole grains, fatty fish, fruit and veg) for 26 weeks while 23 followed the average Danish diet. The New Nordic Dieters lost an average of 3.5 kg, whereas those following the average Danish diet lost an average of 1.7 kg.
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