What's All This About A Poop Pill?

“Could an exchange of poop from a slim person help an obese individual lose weight? We could soon find out, as scientists in the U.S. are embarking on a clinical trial to find out whether so called “fecal microbiota transplantation” (FMT) can aid weight loss.” IFLScience.com

Metabolism was once the big marketing ploy in losing weight, then it was Carbs vs Fats, and Hormones in food, etc. Now it seems the the newest marketing ploy is Gut Bacteria. Apparently eating a pill filled with freeze-dried poop from a donor will help obese people lose weight, because the issue with obesity isn’t over-consumption of Calories, it’s gut bacteria.

And that is the issue I have. Gut bacteria does play a role in breaking down food and metabolism, but it’s nearly impossible, except for a few genetic and hormonal issues, to retain weight when there is a sustained Caloric deficient. Some people have naturally higher or lower metabolisms or other issues that affect hunger, the burning of carbs and fat, hormonal issues, and food digestibility, but for the vast majority of the obese, it is will, not skill.

If you need to eat 1800 Calories a day to maintain weight, eating 1600 will eventually result in weight loss, eating 2000 will eventually result in weight gain, in the absence of the minority of people who have a legitimate hormonal or genetic issue. The main issue is the large amount of high-calorie foods, and the false stigma that low calorie foods or Healthy foods are bland in taste and doesn’t satiate hunger.

The poop pill has not been proven to work in any setting, and the only real studies done about it has been on rats. It’s also disgusting to eat poop to lose weight, when you can just eat more vegetables and whole fruit and grains, and less processed high-calorie foods, and just eat less calories and the weight is guaranteed to come off.

“But what about when the weight comes back”

It won’t come back if you don’t eat more calories than you burn. You losing interest in a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean the lifestyle was a failure.

Don’t buy into these “poop pill” diet nonsense and just eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and don’t overeat.


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