Friday, August 28, 2009

The Pistachio Principle?

No I haven't left KochLab and decided to start a whole new topic of research. That title comes from a doctor's ideas about weight loss and how the way we eat determines how we gain weight. The full article can be found here: Pistachios.

Basically there was a study done where subjects were divided into two groups. One group was fed shelled pistachios and the other was fed unshelled (or deshelled maybe, grammar was not part of the study). Anyways Both groups ate till their heart's content and the results were that the shell-heads ate 50% less than the other group. The doctor then goes on to say that eating shelled nuts will make you lose weight by the truck load. Hahaha, no it doesn't but usually articles like this do make strange claims like this. Actually the article says that eating stuff after handling will make you eat more. By that I mean shelled vs unshelled, fruit vs juice, or anything where you can go through a little work to get your calories vs doing no work to get calories.

I've heard this before. While I haven't done the reading in this area, the health media says that it may take 20 min for your brain to register that you are full and while that is going on you are still plowing through that double pounder with bacon and cheese. I don't see how that neural pathway can be so long when other things happen in the span of a second. Could you imagine if it took 20 min for your brain to realize your hand was on a burning stove?

Frankly the science behind weight loss is simple. You need to intake less calories than your body burns on a given day. If you intake more you will gain weight. So the logic of the diet is to intake less. Now of course your body goes through withdrawal of certain delicious commodities like candy, cookies, cakes, pies, etc. and the article even goes to say that's why people fail after a diet. I think you should give yourself those yummy things every once in a while, just not in such huge uncontrolled portions. Although I know for me once that deliciousness hits my tongue, the flood gates open, and I want more!

I have done a little bit of research into how fat cells work and I hope to share the truth in a short time (that could be anywhere up to and including a year). Oh yea, the ULWC3 ends in a short time (a couple of days) and I will have the results for you on Mon night or Tues morning (9/1). Root for me!

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