Scientists Believe Weight Gain is Caused by What You Eat, Not How Much

© chickaz – Getty Images According to a new study what you eat, rather than how much, has a much bigger role to play in weight gain that we first thought

Weight gain happens because people consume more energy than they expend, right? Well, according to a new study, what you eat, rather than how much, has a much bigger role to play in weight gain that we first thought.

A team of 17 internationally recognised scientists, clinical researchers and public health experts, writing in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, claim that the widely accepted energy-balance model (calories in, calories out) is flawed and many of the world’s obesity problems are in fact caused by the consumption of high-glycemic foods.

High-glycemic foods are characterised by being quickly digested and rapidly raising blood sugar: think highly-processed carbs like white bread, white rice, as well as cakes, cookies and sweet treats. The scientists claim these types of foods cause hormonal responses that fundamentally change our metabolism, which in turn drives fat storage, weight gain and obesity.

“When we eat highly-processed carbohydrates, the body increases insulin secretion and suppresses glucagon secretion,” wrote the study’s authors in a press release. “This, in turn, signals fat cells to store more calories, leaving fewer calories available to fuel muscles and other metabolically active tissues. The brain perceives that the body isn’t getting enough energy, which, in turn, leads to feelings of hunger. In addition, metabolism may slow down in the body’s attempt to conserve fuel. Thus, we tend to remain hungry, even as we continue to gain excess fat.”

The scientists say that despite years of telling people to eat less and exercise more, rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases have continued to rise.

They are now arguing that a shift needs to be made from the energy-balance model to the carbohydrate-insulin model, which, they say, better explains obesity and weight gain and could help people to lose weight in a more pleasant way.

“Reducing consumption of the rapidly digestible carbohydrates that flooded the food supply during the low-fat diet era lessens the underlying drive to store body fat,” said Dr. David Ludwig, an endocrinologist at Boston Children’s hospital and co-author of the study. “As a result, people may lose weight with less hunger and struggle.”

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

What is in Store for Bristol-Myers (BMY) in Q3 Earnings?

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company BMY is scheduled to report third-quarter 2021 results on Oct 27, before market open. The company’s shares have lost 4.6% in the year so far compared with ... Read more »

Intellia's (NTLA) CRISPR Therapy Gets FDA's Orphan Drug Tag

Intellia NTLA and partner Regeneron REGN announced that the FDA has granted Orphan Drug designation (“ODD”) to their CRISPR genome-editing candidate, NTLA-2001, for the treatment of transthyretin (ATTR) amyloidosis. The ODD ... Read more »

Pharma Stock Roundup: JNJ Mixed Q3 Results, FDA Nod to Mix & Match COVID Boosters

This week marked the beginning of the third-quarter earnings season for the pharma sector, with J&J JNJ announcing mixed results and raising its earnings guidance. Roche RHHBY announced encouraging sales ... Read more »

David Bowie was 'disturbed' by his biggest hit song: 'He didn't like where he was going'

The legendary star’s career spanned six decades from 1962 until his untimely death in 2016. He was always at the forefront of music, art and fashion. Yet Bowie was very ... Read more »

What are South Africa's chances of winning the T20 cricket World Cup?

© Provided by CapeTalk South Africa take on Australia in their opening fixture at the ICC T20 World Cup Bookmakers have made the Proteas outsiders to win the tournament India ... Read more »

Agnes Tirop's murder highlights pressures faced by top female athletes

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Nairobi, Kenya – The death of Kenyan running star Agnes Tirop has thrown a spotlight on the pressures faced by the country’s female athletes ... Read more »

Bernard Haitink obituary

© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images In the autumn of 1998, Bernard Haitink, who has died aged 92, conducted a magisterial account of Wagner’s Ring cycle at ... Read more »

Adele jokingly compares herself to 'bald eagle' without stage glam

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo She opened the doors to her $9.5million LA home for fans to take part in Vogue’s much loved 73 Questions series.  And as ... Read more »

Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' Co-Star and More Pay Tribute to Halyna Hutchins After Fatal Prop Gun Discharge

© Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie Stars, directors, screenwriters and more are honoring Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who died on the set of the film Rust after a prop gun was ... Read more »

Watch Zendaya's Reaction When Timothée Chalamet Calls Tom Holland Her 'Celebrity Crush'

© ‘Buzzfeed’ Busted! Though Zendaya and Tom Holland have kept their reported real-life romance primarily private, the 25-year-old Dune star did get a bit of playful teasing from her co-star, ... Read more »

WATCH LIVE: The weekend starts early with Joburg Day with 947

© 947 Shekhinha gets the party started at Joburg Day with 947 on 22 October 2021. JOHANNESBURG – The first hybrid format of Huawei Joburg Day with 947 has kicked ... Read more »

'You want me to do what?' How buddies Bruce and Barack made a podcast

© SAUL LOEB Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen at the White House in 2016 It was Barack Obama’s brainchild to start a podcast with America’s dad Bruce Springsteen, who joked ... Read more »

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a ‘big admirer' of Liverpool quartet; picks Cristiano Ronaldo v Mo Salah winner

© PA Images Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts after Manchester United lose to Leicester, October 2021 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he has been a “big admirer” of an ... Read more »

Seminar to train doctors to integrate cannabis products for treatment

© Provided by 702 The Cheeba Cannabis Academy, powered by Cheeba Africa, has partnered with Carol’s Oil to launch a “first-in-Africa” Medical Cannabis Roadshow. The two-day educational event for medical ... Read more »

Gwyneth Paltrow has started to prioritise health after having Covid last year

© Provided by The Indian Express The Covid-19 pandemic was a wakeup call for many people around the world, who hadn’t paid much attention to their health previously. Among them ... Read more »

What to wear for every type of half-term scenario

© Provided by The Telegraph The gallery-hopping day out to a staycation, it’s crucial to get your look just right Parents will no doubt be keen to keep children busy ... Read more »

The six products that Wendy Lowe can't live without

© Image courtesy of Wendy Make-up artist Wendy Lowe has worked with celebrities including Sienna Miller, Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne – Image courtesy of Wendy When it comes to ... Read more »

As at Oxbridge, old-guard members' clubs are still serving comically bad food to the leaders of our country

© Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix Prince Philip – Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix Every once in a while an invitation to join the Oxford and Cambridge Club drops out of my ... Read more »

West Indies carry the potential to be champions or blowouts

© PA Images 1022.6666666666666x767__origin__0x0_Kieron_Pollard Such is the reputation of the West Indies squad that they enter the T20 World Cup esteemed among the favourites despite poor recent form. They are ... Read more »

Orlando Pirates need to suit up and deliver against Diables Noirs

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Durban – Orlando Pirates will have an opportunity to ease their frustrations when they face off against Diables Noirs in their CAF Confederation Cup ... Read more »

English Premier League predictions, fixtures and results: 22 – 24 October 2021

© Provided by Extra Time Media The English Premier League continues this weekend, with arch-rivals locking horns up and down the country on Sunday. Manchester United and Liverpool resume hostilities ... Read more »

Williams adds US driver Sargeant to academy ranks on long-term deal

© Provided by Autosport Logan%20Sargeant%202 Sargeant, 20, finished third in last year’s FIA Formula 3 championship, but was unable to move up the ladder due to a lack of budget, ... Read more »

‘Just A Notion': Swedish pop icons ABBA release new track [listen]

© Provided by The South African ABBA have released the third new track, Just A Notion, from their upcoming comeback album, Voyage. The Swedish pop icons – Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn ... Read more »

Adele fans in hysterics as she shows off Celine Dion gum framed in Vogue clip

Adele left fans amused as she showed off gum once chewed by Celine Dion, which she has framed in her Los Angeles home. Speaking to Vogue, the singer was buzzing ... Read more »

Highlander Queen songs ‘opened a floodgate' for Brian May ‘dealing with various tragedies'

This week’s episode of Queen the Greatest looks back at the band’s second time working on a Hollywood movie. Having penned the Flash Gordon soundtrack, the band were roped into ... Read more »

Don Broco Amazing Things review: A somewhat bloated album - despite its anthemic tunes

© SHARPTONE RECORDS Don Broco Amazing Things review Don Broco are a band that I constantly struggle with. On the surface, I absolutely adore their music. It is endlessly thrilling, ... Read more »

Climate change poses national security risks, US agencies warn

© Provided by dw.com The US government wants to respond more efficiently to climate-related crises, such as devastating wildfires in California US President Joe Biden’s administration sounded the alarm about ... Read more »

Lawyers criticise 'sex tape' trial as Karim Benzema gets ready for El Clasico

© Provided by Independent Online (IOL) Versailles, France – Lawyers for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema on Friday dismissed charges against him over an attempt to blackmail fellow player Mathieu ... Read more »

This 43-year-old dad was perfectly healthy. Then a mysterious headache struck

At 43, Eric South was in the best shape he’d been in 20 years. He was working out and eating right to prepare for a golf trip. An active dad ... Read more »

Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu's killing spree comes to an end as court finds her guilty of murder

© Provided by Times Live Former police officer Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, who was accused of killing her lover, sister, cousin, niece and two nephews to cash out on life and ... Read more »

Savanna supply runs dry, so you can't drink it

© @SavannaCider/Twitter JOHANNESBURG – Several liquor traders in Gauteng have told their customers that there would be a shortage of all Savanna cider variants, with a Spar liquor outlet in ... Read more »

Court finds insurance fraudster Nomia Ndlovu guilty on six counts of murder

© Provided by 702 Former police officer and insurance fraudster Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu has been found guilty of all six counts of murder on Friday. Judge Rumarumo Monama handed down ... Read more »

Turkey's Osman Kavala case : A break with Europe?

© Provided by dw.com Germany has also seen several protests calling for Osman Kavala’s release Turkish philanthropist and activist Osman Kavala has never been convicted of a crime — yet ... Read more »

Pitso Mosimane's agent on Al Ahly future: If we don't agree, we part ways!

© Provided by The South African Pitso Mosimane‘s agent and wife Moira Tlhagale has set the record straight regarding the coach’s future at Al Ahly. READ | KAIZER CHIEFS OFFERED ... Read more »

How Verstappen and Hamilton are viewing the F1 title run-in

© Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 2nd position, and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st position, congratulate each other in Parc Ferme Verstappen moved back into the ... Read more »

F1 reveals new lap time rule under double yellows

© PA Images Double yellow flags waved in Monza. As previously teased, drivers will now see their lap time automatically deleted if passing double waved yellows in practice or qualifying. ... Read more »

Halyna Hutchins shared this video before fatal on-set accident [watch]

© Provided by The South African Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins tragically lost her life on Thursday 21 October after American actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on set which killed ... Read more »

Tuchel blasts ‘bad luck' as Chelsea boss slams intriguing Tammy Abraham question

© PA Images Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel looks on ahead of the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal, August 2021 Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he does not regret Chelsea’s ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic