Wednesday October 28, 2015

Gut bacteria could be the key to weight loss, not calorie intake

Author of the "Diet Myth", Tim Spector says gut bacteria could help us tailor diets to help people manage their weight.

Author of the "Diet Myth", Tim Spector says gut bacteria could help us tailor diets to help people manage their weight. (Nastassia Davis, Flickr cc)

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Sometimes life just doesn't seem fair. Especially, when you're watching what you eat.

Perhaps you've had the experience of sitting at a restaurant, green with envy, as a skinny diner nearby happily tucks into a burger and fries.

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Microbe Me

Meanwhile, it seems you merely have to look at your plate of leafy greens, and the pounds still pack on.

If it seems as if there's something invisible tipping the scales.  Well, there may just be. Researchers honing in on weight problems have been seeing promise lately... in our guts. Namely, in the millions of tiny microbes that live inside us. 

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 A documentary airing on CBC TV's The Nature of Things tomorrow night examines the relationship between our inner microbes, and our expanding waistlines... and much more. 

The documentary is titled, "It Takes Guts," and it's directed by Leora Eisen who joined Anna Maria in our Toronto studio.

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London, and Author of "The Diet Myth". He was in London, England.


"It Takes Guts"  airs on CBC Television's The Nature of Things Thursday night at 8pm. 
 

Is hearing all this making you rethink what you eat? Are you someone who struggles with your weight, no matter what you eat? 

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This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant.