- Leah Hardy was mortified when she couldn’t wear 16 Primark frock at Christmas
- She had gained more than 2 stone a few years ago as she hit the perimenopause
- After taking a new gut test, she discovered the bizarre reason for her weight gain
Staying slim has never been easy for me. In my 20s, I may have been a size 10 (I’m 5 ft 8 in), but after having children I was a curvy 12, and then after hitting the perimenopause a few years ago (I’m now 53), I’ve gained more than 2 st, with my BMI squarely into ‘overweight’ range. Dieting no longer seems to work, nor did sessions with a pushy personal trainer. When I couldn’t fit into a size 16 Primark frock at Christmas, I was mortified. I put this down to work, stress, hormones and a bad back that stopped me exercising. But now, thanks to a new test, I know there could be another reason: the calorie-conserving bacteria in my gut.
DirectorsTalk asked OptiBiotix (LON:OPTI) CEO for his thoughts on this article:
Stephen OHara, OptiBiotix Health Plc CEO said: ‘This news paper article reports on the role of the microbiome in weight loss. Whilst rather speculative it does reflect the growing scientific understanding on factors such as the microbiome which may be influencing sustainable weight loss. The early evidence suggests that people with a greater microbial diversity may be able to respond more quickly to dieting and are more able to sustain weight loss than those with less microbial diversity. People who have fast food diets tend to have a restricted microbial diversity and this study would suggest that losing and sustaining weight loss may be more difficult in these groups. GoFigure® products containing SlimBiome®, OptiBiotix’s patented formulation of ingredients developed by experts to support weight loss, includes a prebiotic designed to enhance microbial diversity which this research suggests is likely to help people lose weight more quickly and sustain this weight loss. This creates the opportunity for easier and more sustainable weight loss than would be achieved with more traditional diets’.