Scientists say gut microbes may play role in yo-yo dieting, obesity

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Scientists studying yo-yo dieting in mice say the tendency for people to regain excess weight rapidly after successfully slimming may well be due to their microbiome – the trillions of microorganisms in the gut. The researchers found that changes in the gut microbiome that occur when an obese mouse loses weight can persist for many months, and that this contributes to accelerated weight regain later if the diet lapses Yo-yo dieting: getting to the guts of it Photo: iStock If, as the researchers believe, a similar thing happens in obese people, they said, it could help explain why so many of…
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