Do weight reduction plans really work?
In order to fight against the increase in obesity rates among young people in America, Europe, and Asia, some scientists from Texas A&M University Health Science Center, in the United States, decided to study all types of popular diets to determine the success or failure of these.
Various groups of animals were selected and these were clustered according to their species. These would be fed different diets, including typical United States dishes that have been used to lose weight, which, in general, are rich in carbohydrates, corn, and trans fat.
Mediterranean food was also taken into account, as it is one of the diets with the highest demand among adults with high blood pressure who want to lose weight without harming their health.
Products associated with the Atkins diet were incorporated into the diet of another animal group. These foods consist of low carbohydrates with high levels of fats and protein.
However, after evaluating the animals, unexpected results were found that seemed to have confused scientists. The small percentage that consumed the American diet, lost weight, others increased their body mass in large proportions, and others reported severe damage to their livers.
The group that ate the Atkins diet had fatty livers and high cholesterol. Similar results were found in those that were fed the Mediterranean diet. So, do diets really work?
According to the author of the research, Dr. William Barrington, "it was determined that changes in the metabolism of each species put into experiment was due exclusively to its genetics, which means that, the effectiveness in the weight loss process does not depend on the amount of exercise that the man does per day, nor on the diets that he wants to incorporate in his routine. What really influences is knowing how your DNA works. Based on it, try to go to the doctor and ask for the perfect meal you should to eat everyday to get the ideal weight, 'cause this is all about an individual process".
The Texas A&M University and its scientific team have drawn a new approach in their line of research; in order to create a mechanism that allows people in the process of losing weight to find the ideal diet, it must be taken into account each individual's’ genetic composition.
Latin American Post | Carlo Torres
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