• Sugar During Rest Increases Obesity

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      New research presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) suggests that, not only the amount and type of food eaten but the time of day it is eaten is important in contributing to obesity.

      Previous studies have shown that when mice consumed all of their calories during their inactive period they gained more weight than when they consumed the same amount of calories during their active period. A team led by Drs. Susanne la Fleur and Andries Kalsbeek at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam wished to investigate how certain components of the diet, such as sugar or fat, contributed to differences in weight gain during different times of the day.

      To address this question Dr. Joelle Oosterman gave rats either rodent chow or chow plus either saturated fat or a sugar solution. One group was allowed to consume the diets freely whereas the other groups were only allowed to eat either the fat or sugar during their inactive period. They found that rats consuming all of their sugar solution in the inactive period gained more weight than rats consuming all their sugar solution during the active period, even though their total caloric intake was the same. They also gained more weight than rats consuming the saturated fat solely during the inactive period. The greater body weight gain in rats consuming sugar in the inactive period was associated with less heat production.

      This research suggests that there are differences in the impact sugar drinking can have on body weight gain, depending on when in the day it is consumed. Dr. Oosterman commented, "In today's society where snacks containing saturated fat and beverages containing lots of sugar are readily available to people, it is important to understand the impact these food components have on energy balance. Although there is a lot of attention for the content of the food people consume, little attention is been given to the best or worst timing for certain foods to be consumed."

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      Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0710093808.htm
      Comments 6 Comments
      1. RoyalT81's Avatar
        RoyalT81 -
        What's the active peiorid, during the day? Compared to inactive while sleeping?
      1. bomcgraw's Avatar
        bomcgraw -
        So drinking soda while playing Xbox is worse for me than drinking soda while working or lifting. Isn't that just common sense?
      1. saggy321's Avatar
        saggy321 -
        Not necessarily....one would think if the calories consumed were equal and the work output was equal then there would be no difference between the groups.
      1. rambofireball's Avatar
        rambofireball -
        I'd like to know exactly what they determined as 'active period' and what hours of the day it was, or if that was controlled for. Could make a big difference in pre/post/intra exercise nutrition.
      1. OrganicShadow's Avatar
        OrganicShadow -
        This article is fairly incomplete and doesn't tell us much. bomcgraw showed us that. And they mentioned nothing of their experiments with saturated fat (so why bring it up?). I think the idea here is sugar = sugar no matter what but if you drink soda while running around it's not as bad as drinking a Slurpee watching Family Guy. Captain Obvious strikes again!
      1. straightpower's Avatar
        straightpower -
        Its basically saying that consuming sugar during active times (during excersise) is best than consuming sugar products any other timep; at the desk, watching tv, ect. They have to be vague because its still a study and people take things to literally and if it doesnt work they blame them others for it. It sounds obvious to some but as a trainer there are alot of people who dont think that way they figure oh i worked out so i can do this and this and it wont be bad for me.
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