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  • Obese mice will make fat out of their food even when half-starved, Gary Taubes


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    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 11:59 am Email this article
    When obese mice were put on a strict diet to get their body weight below that of lean mice, they "still contain more fat than the normal ones, while their muscles have melted away", Gary Taubes notes in his excellent book Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It.

    In the 1950's, Jean Mayer, a Harvard researcher, noted that these obese mice 'will make fat out of their food under the most unlikely circumstances, even when half starved."

    The point of this is, as Taubes states repeatedly, that all of these animals become obese, not because of faulty appetite regulation, but because of a change in the regulation of fat tissue which causes their fat cells to suck up more calories which leaves other tissue (muscles and organs) starved for energy which causes these animals to eat more and exercise less. Putting obese mice on a normal diet causes their muscles to waste away

    They make fat out of food even when half-starved

    “The same thing holds true for aninlals that are bred to be obese, for which obesity is in their genes,” Taubes writes.

    “In the 1950s, Jean Mayer studied one such strain of obese mice in his Harvard laboratory.

    “As he reported it, he could get their weight below that of lean mice if he starved them sufficiently, but they’d ‘still contain more fat than the normal ones, while their muscles have melted away.’”

    “Once again, eating too much wasn’t the problem; these mice, as Mayer wrote, ‘will make fat out of their food under the most unlikely circumstances, even when half starved.”

    This is a MUST-READ Book

    This is MUST-READ book for anyone interested in body weight

    This is MUST-READ book for anyone interested in body weight… or anyone who believes that saturated fat is bad for you… or anyone who believes that carbohydrates are good for you… or anyone who believes that obesity is caused by a lack of will power… or anyone who believes that obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little (yes, of course this is true, but this does not answer the question as to why people eat too much and exercise too little, which Taubes answers in this book).

    I highly recommend this book.

    Gary Taubes is an excellent science journalist.

    His previous books include “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, a longer book which is also about low-carb diets, but is a much longer book.

    Other Articles from This Book, Why We Get Fat

    Articles from Gary Taubes current book, Why We Get Fat

    Gaining 5 lbs of muscle only burns an extra 24 calories per day notes Gary Taubes

    Two obesity experts failed to mention that women lost no weight training for a marathon, Gary Taubes

    The idea that exercise causes weight loss ignores the idea of working up an appetite, Gary Taubes

    The idea that exercise causes weight loss due to nutritionist Jean Mayer, notes Gary Taubes

    Exercise increases appetite notes Gary Taubes

    1932 obesity researcher noted that strenuous physical exercise SLOWS weight loss, Gary Taubes

    Very little evidence exists to support the belief that exercise affects how fat we are, Gary Taubes

    Undereating isn’t a treatment or cure for obesity, only a way to temporarily lose weight Gary Taubes

    Low-calorie diets were referred to as ‘semi-starvation’ diets until the 1970’s notes Gary Taubes

    Eating less to lose weight simply doesn’t work for more than a few months notes Gary Taubes

    Low-calorie diets cause only modest weight loss of 9 or 10 lbs notes Gary Taubes

    Success of low-calorie diets are remarkably poor noted Albert Stunkard in 1959, notes Gary Taubes

    Fat is associated with poverty, not prosperity notes Gary Taubes

    If you want to lose weight, avoid stay away from carbohydrate-rich foods says Gary Taubes

    Obesity is the result of a hormonal imbalance—too much insulin—says Gary Taubes

    Carbohydrate is driving insulin is driving fat, Gary Taubes

    When insulin levels are elevated, we gain fat, when it falls, we release fat to burned, Gary Taubes

    It is absurd to think about obesity as caused by overeating, Gary Taubes

    We don’t get fat because we eat too much and move too little, Gary Taubes

    In 1934, German doctor startled by how many really fat children she saw in New York City

     

    Other Articles from Good Calories, Bad Calories

    Articles about Gary Taubes previous book, Good Calories, Bad Calories

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Foods to Avoid

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Foods you can eat as much as you want of

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Good calories from meat, fish, fowl, cheese, eggs, butter

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Bad calories from Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, cereals, corn

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Dietary fat does not cause heart disease

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Carbohydrates cause heart disease due to insulin

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are particularly harmful

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Refined carbohydrates cause cancer, Alzheimers, & other diseases

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Obesity is not due to overeating or lack of exercise

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Exercise does not make us lose excess fat; it makes us hungry

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: A hormonal imbalance causes us to get fat

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Insulin regulates fat storage

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: Insulin regulates fat storage

    From ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’: The fewer carbohydrates we eat, the leaner we will be

     

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