LOW CARB DIET BURNS MORE CALORIES WHILE RESTING
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22735432 A Quote from one of the authors:
The study suggests that a low-glycemic load diet is more effective than conventional approaches at burning calories (and keeping energy expenditure) at a higher rate after weight loss. “We’ve found that, contrary to nutritional dogma, all calories are not created equal,” says Ludwig, who is also director of the Optimal Weight for Life Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Total calories burned plummeted by 300 calories on the low-fat diet compared to the low-carbohydrate diet, which would equal the number of calories typically burned in an hour of moderate-intensity physical activity,” he says.
found at...... http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/06/when-a-calorie-is-not-just-a-calorie/
CHANGING BEHAVIOR IS BETTER THAN SETTING A WEIGHT LOSS GOAL
Dr. Arya Sharma is one of the world's foremost researchers on obesity. Here is a snipped of what he had to say last week at the 2013 Obesity Help Conference:
Let me explain: when I tell patients to stop smoking – they know exactly what to do, namely to stop putting a cigarette in their mouth and inhaling its smoke. That’s a behaviour they can change. When they stop smoking they have “successfully” changed a behaviour – that’s behaviour change – end of story.
But, when I tell a patient to go and lose weight, I haven’t actually told them what BEHAVIOUR to change.
Rather – to use the smoking analogy – it is as though I had simply told my smoking patients to go out and reduce their cardiovascular risk, leaving it up to them to figure out how exactly to go about doing that.
Some of my patients may perhaps realize that quitting smoking is by far the most effective way to lower their risk – others may not and merely try to reduce their salt intake or start exercising – neither of which is likely to reduce their cardiovascular risk to the extent that smoking cessation would.
This is exactly why I would be very specific as to exactly what behaviour I want my smoker to change – namely to STOP smoking.
If I wanted them to eat less salt or start exercising – then that is exactly what I would tell them to do.
Those are BEHAVIOURS that they can change.
Contrast this to a doctor telling his patient to lose 20 pounds.
This may seem like a specific and achievable goal – but it is not a BEHAVIOURAL goal because the doctor has not “prescribed” a BEHAVIOUR – he have simply “prescribed” an outcome.
To use a sports analogy – kicking the ball at the goal is a BEHAVIOUR – scoring a goal is not!
Please check out his blog. This post: http://www.drsharma.ca/weight-loss-is-not-a-behaviour.html#comments
SLEEP GREATLY INFLUENCES BODY FATNESS
In other words, in an obesity-promoting (low-sleep) environment, people who are genetically susceptible to obesity gain fat, while in a non-obesity-promoting (high-sleep) environment, genetic risk factors are less relevant and don't influence body fatness as much. "Obesity genes" act primarily in an obesity-promoting environment.
SKELETAL MUSCLE AS ENDOCRINE ORGAN:
Other myokines (e.g. the osteogenic factors IGF-1 and FGF-2; FSTL-1) can improve the endothelial function of the vascular system.
More recently, the myokine irisin, has been shown to promote “browning” of adipose tissue.
Other lines of research suggest that myokines can influence the growth of cancer cells as well as modulate immune function, bone development and pancreatic B-cells.