Jackie Warner, celebrity trainer, BRAVO TV star and author of 10 Pounds in 10 Days, recommends adding probiotics rich foods like low-sugar Greek yogurt to your diet to aid in weight loss.
In fact, one study done by the Stanford University School of Medicine found that patients who were given a probiotic supplement after bariatric surgery lost significantly more weight than those that didn’t take the supplement. “Probiotics are live, active cultures (healthy bacteria); scientists feel that the more of these bacteria you have, the more calories they extract from food,” says Warner. “So you’ve got microscopic friends in your intestinal tract gobbling up excess calories and keeping them from being stored as fat.”
Substituting high sugar and high fat snacks for foods that are naturally rich in probiotics (such as Greek yogurt) will help you lose weight by reducing your calorie and fat intake and curbing hunger. And while all yogurts contain lactose, a naturally occurring milk sugar, look for a brand with 15 grams (or less) per 6 ounce serving, recommends Rania Batayneh, a certified nutritionist, eating strategist and owner of Essential Nutrition for You in San Francisco, California.
Your daily weight loss plan: Swap out one cup of vanilla ice cream (290 calories, 15grams of fat, 30 grams of sugar) for 0% Vanilla Greek yogurt (160 calories, 0grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar) for your evening snack and save 3,900 calories (or a little over a pound) this month.