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Protein and probiotics burn fat, maintain muscle for Paleo low carb weight loss

Maintain muscle, burn fat with the Paleo diet.
Maintain muscle, burn fat with the Paleo diet.
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If you can't win at weight loss, don't blame your willpower. The burden of blame may belong to your belly bacteria. A new study shows that the microbes in your digestive tract affects your food choices and hence your weight, reported Time magazine on August 17.

Bacteria have diverse nutritional needs that depend on their places in your gut, according to the researchers from University of California San Francisco, Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico. And when it comes to weight loss, the requirements of those bacteria are not always "aligned with our own dietary goals," explained Carlos Maley, the director of the UCSF Center for Evolution and Cancer.

Microbes can alter your behavior and mood, even changing how you taste food and respond to food. However, you can influence the food that your gut bacteria requires with probiotics. For example, one study revealed that participants who took probiotic supplements that contained Lactobacillus casei felt more upbeat, which in turn can curb cravings for high calorie foods such as candy.

Adding more fuel to the flame for sizzling those Paleo diet steaks and low carb carnivore menu items, new research shows eating animal protein maintains muscle mass while boosting fat burn. The latest study revealed that consuming meat and fish as we age can prevent functional decline, reported the Epoch Times on August 17.

Researchers in Japan found that eating more meat and fish reduces your risk of mental and physical decline by 39 percent. They postulated that the protein maintains muscle mass, which is essential for functioning optimally.

Another study showed that a high protein diet boosts your brain health. Researchers discovered that when people aged 70 to 89 consumed more protein, they lowered their risk of dementia by more than 20 percent. Examples of such diets include the "Protein Power" series by Dr. Michael Eades.

Dr. Eades emphasizes the benefits of protein for weight loss and health. While providing a balance of healthy carbohydrates, it also teaches you to include healthy fats in your diet. As a result, your cholesterol and blood pressure also improve.