Some people are reporting weight gain by consuming the Lactobacillus reuteri yogurt. Barbara, for instance, was frustrated because, despite being wheat/grain-free, capping her net carb intake, and engaging in all the strategies we follow to reverse insulin resistance, she gained 5 pounds.
When asked, however, she told us that her waist size did not increase and her clothes fit better. How could this be if she gained 5 pounds?
Recall that one of the prominent effects of the L reuteri yogurt is restoration of youthful muscle. As we age, we lose around 35% of our muscle mass. You’ve seen people in their 70s and 80s with skinny arms and legs with very little muscle. The oxytocin-boosting effect of the L. reuteri yogurt causes a return to youthful levels of muscle and strength. People don’t believe me when I tell them that I personally gained 13 pounds of muscle over 3 weeks after starting to consume the yogurt and, with it, my strength increased dramatically, as gauged by my once-per-week visit to the gym.
The increase in muscle appears to be greatest in people who engage in some form of strength training. Ed reported that his bench press weight (single-rep maximum) went from 130 pounds to 200 pounds. Susan at age 74 reports that she is able to climb hills on her mountain bike with greater ease. My 10-rep lat pulldown increased from 130 pounds to 200 pounds.
So Barbara likely gained muscle weight. She likely also lost fat weight, but the net change was +5 pounds. In other words, if she lost 8 pounds of fat but gained 13 pounds of muscle, the net change was an increase of 5 pounds in weight.
Restoring youthful muscle is a huge advantage in health, as it is accompanied by increased metabolic rate, increased testosterone in males, increased growth hormone, increased bone density, improved flexibility and balance, and protection from falls and fractures. It is yet another facet of the fabulous age-reversing effects we experience with oxytocin restoration.
If you are just starting out with the L. reuteri yogurt and would like to track the changes, you can do so with a bioimpedance scale, often called a body fat analyzer. Ideally, you use a device that looks like a scale that you stand on with two feet, so that the current that is passed through your body goes in one foot, up the legs, into the pelvis and abdomen, then back to the other foot. This form of bioimpedance therefore includes the important abdominal contents. Hand-held devices exclude the abdomen and are not as accurate. (Hand-to-foot is also a good method, though these devices are less common.) You can track changes in body fat and muscle with these devices. (I’ve posted the link to the Withings body composition scale in my Wheat Belly Marketplace.) Or you could just look in the mirror and admire your shrinking waist and stronger shoulders and thighs.