Wondering why a diet’s not working for you? It’s been said to stop watching your waistline and dig deeper; maybe we need to consider whats in our feces, that is lodged in our intestines.
A study in the International Journal of Obesity has found that a specific diet’s success might come down to the bacteria matter in our intestines, observed in stool samples.
Researchers looked specifically at the ratio of bacteria known as Prevotella and Bacteroides in 62 overweight participants. The participants had to stick to a diet for 26 weeks, either the Nordic diet, or the a diet high in fiber, or the Danish diet.
The participants were able to lose about 7 pounds more on the high-fiber diet than the average diet if they had a high ratio of Prevotella to Bacteroides, the study found. The ones with a low ratio of the bacteria, had no significant difference between the two diets was found.
Study has shown that only about half the population will lose weight if they eat in accordance with the Danish diet. The recommendations are more fruit, vegetables, fibers, and whole grains. According to Mads F. Hjorth, a co-author of the study and nutrition professor at the University of Copenhagen.
To me it sounds somewhat like the Mediterranean Diet.