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You’ve tried dieting. You’ve tried exercising. You’ve tried calorie counting, juice cleanses, and illegal Canadian weight loss pills, and still nothing works. But what if losing weight is out of your control?
A new study released on April 23 contains evidence that gut bacteria, known as microbiota, are linked with obesity. Researchers from the French Institute for Agricultural Research transplanted microbiota in mice to test weight gain based on different microbiota make-ups. They found that when given ‘obese’ microbiota, otherwise healthy mice changed their eating habits and consumed more calories and gained more weight. In the future, they hope to use these results to help control at-risk populations by manipulating their microbiota to avoid obesity in the first place.
Do you believe that with the same level of exercise and diet some people could be prone to weight gain while others aren’t? Could designer microbiota be the next slim-down craze?