You’d be forgiven for associating all probiotics with bunk peddled by full-fat cats at dairy companies. But there are better, science-backed bacteria that speed up the rate you digest calories. Either buy them or cultivate your own stash to switch your gut to fat-fighting mode day in, day out. And each comes with a pro bono health boost too if you’re feeling greedy…
Kill kcals with kimchi
The Korean superfood and hipster staple speeds up digestion to stop fat hiding your abs. Start by salting cabbage and leave for six hours. Rinse and mix with fish oil, chopped onions, sugar, crushed garlic, ground ginger and chili. Let it ferment in a cool, dry place for four days.
Sleep off fat with kefir
“More melatonin is produced in the gut than the brain,” says nutrition researcher Kamal Patel. A kefir-loaded gut equals better sleep…and a healthier, leaner gut. Leave the grains (£8 rawandpure.co.uk) in coconut milk for 24 hours before drinking.
Dodge carbs with miso
The Japanese comfort soup goes to work on sugar and other baddies in your stomach that can double-time weight gain, plus it helps bolster your bones. It takes 180 days to ferment so cheat by using instant paste (£2.40 clearspring.co.uk) and soup-up your gut.
Start afresh with manuka
Manuka (Steens Raw Manuka £33 ocado.com) isn’t a probiotic per se, but you can consider it the clean-up crew as this rare honey kills off the bad bacteria lurking in your insides. Studies link bad bacs to a sluggish metabolism and a bigger waist – forgo toast and have 1tsp each morning.
Detox fat stores with kvass
If you’ve been on the boozy breakfasts, try root-veg rehab. Kvass cleanses your blood and helps detoxify your liver, which results in a faster metabolism – even for those alcoholic calories. Mix chopped beets, whey, salt and water, cover and ferment for two days.
Burn it off with kombucha
Compound your calorie burn with a pick-me-up. “A symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast or ‘scoby’ (£7.50 rawandpure.co.uk) is all you need,” says nutritionist Jessica Scott. Add it to sweet black tea and leave for 10 days. Just don’t have it at night – it makes coffee feel like Horlicks.