You are What You Eat – Too much of
You Are What You Eat (Too Much Of)
By G. Douglas Andersen, DC, DACBSP, CCN
Anyone who has any interest inweight loss knows there has been a long-running debate regarding the primary factor that causes weight gain.
Go to the weight-loss section of any bookstore and you will see the calorie, fat, carbohydrate and protein camps, each of whom insists they are the key to weight loss. They all have convincing arguments and they all can cite studies to support their opinions.
However, when I retrieve and read the evidence, I often find flaws based on lack of control regarding subject supervision. Occasionally I will come across a study that is well-controlled, but they are always short since it isn’t practical to have people live in a lab for more than a few days.
Therefore, I was intrigued when I read about a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that paid people to live in a metabolic setting for three months. By allowing researchers to measure every unit of energy expenditure, the result would be expected to be much more accurate than the typical questionnaire based study or three days in a laboratory type of experiment.
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