High Protein Diet: A Review

Various fitness and diet regimens advocate a high protein diet for weight loss and muscle development. Here is a review OPEN ACCESS A high-protein diet for reducing body fat: mechanisms and possible caveats High protein diets are increasingly popularized in lay media as a promising strategy for weight loss by providing the twin benefits of…

Don’t Skip Breakfast

We can summarize it thusly: don’t skip breakfast. Eating breakfast (i.e. real food not just coffee) reduces food cravings and high protein breakfast are more effective that lower protein. OPEN ACCESS   A randomized crossover, pilot study examining the effects of a normal protein vs. high protein breakfast on food cravings and reward signals in…

High Fat Diet Skews Brain Reward Signal

High fat diet reduces reward signalling so you eat more to boost that signal. The study below gets a full, reader-friendly treatment at the neurorexia blog. http://neurorexia.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/how-a-high-fat-diet-makes-that-stick-of-celery-seem-less-rewarding/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23950538 A gut lipid messenger links excess dietary fat to dopamine deficiency. Excessive intake of dietary fats leads to diminished brain dopaminergic function. It has been proposed that…

Exercise Helps in Coping with Stress-Overeating

Rat animal model finds that regular exercise helps moderate the effects of social stress, including overeating. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cbf.2984/abstract Moderate physical exercise attenuates the alterations of feeding behaviour induced by social stress in female rats Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that stress-related disorders, such as the increase on the caloric intake, are twice as common in women as…

Experimental Biology 2013

Experimental Biology 2013 is wrapping up today in Boston and some really neat presentations have been made. The list of press releases can be found here. These are some of the ones I liked the most (goes to PDF): Middle-Schoolers Discover Novel Chemical Bond – brainy kids. Two Days of Staging as Effective as Four…

Menthol Makes Mice Feel Cool and Get Hot

Menthol consumption makes mice feel cool, literally. The exposure mimics chronic cold exposure and results in increased body temperature and resistance to dietary obesity. J Mol Cell Biol (2012) 4 (2): 88-96. doi: 10.1093/jmcb/mjs001 http://jmcb.oxfordjournals.org/content/4/2/88.full Activation of the cold-sensing TRPM8 channel triggers UCP1-dependent thermogenesis and prevents obesity Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is an energy-expending organ…

How Food Resets Your Circadian Clock

Recall the previous post on how disturbing circadian cycles results in disturbances to insulin response and promotes fat deposition. These findings indicate that because circadian clock is sensitive to nutrient pathways, eating resets your clock to what is normally its ‘active’ state. And that’s why you shouldn’t eat at night. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413113000077 O-GlcNAc Signaling Entrains the…