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What The New Science Says About Weight Loss And Stress

The new science is telling us that a healthy diet is not necessarily the only thing that works. When your gut health fails, you will need to adjust your dietary strategies to achieve optimal results.

It has been known forever that eating fatty foods leads to a higher body weight and more fat deposited in the abdominal cavity. Since we have been told that we must reduce our intake of such foods in order to lose fat, people often eat so much, and they gain weight, just to compensate for the lack of desired effects from their unhealthy diet.

Then came the study “A Randomized Trial of a Weight-Loss Diet for Overweight Teens.” In this research, 8 weeks of an extremely low-carbohydrate diet resulted in dramatic fat loss in the teens, which correlated highly with significantly increased reductions in triglyceride, free fatty acid, and cholesterol levels. This result is all the more notable when you realize that a carbohydrate diet can lead to a number of health issues like cancer and diabetes.

Then came the study “The Healthier you are Now Study,” also known as “T2D.” After 12 weeks of a low-carb, high-fiber diet, participants in this study reduced their fasting blood sugar for the first time using low-dose insulin, reduced the number of LDL “bad” cholesterol particles, and had greatly improved blood lipids. In fact, they also cut down the number of “good” cholesterol particles in their blood.

Then came the 2012 study “Obesity-Related Cancers: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Studies,” which analyzed a total of 635 studies and compared the life expectancy of obesity-related cancer cases with non-obese cancers. Among the findings was evidence that obese people live a longer lifespan. 

Then came the study “Meal Frequency and the Meta-Analysis of Dietary Carbohydrate and Macronutrient Compositions to Improve Cardiometabolic Profile,” which combined data from 20 studies of a total of 9,500 people. 

Then came the 2008 study “Gut Microbiota, Diet, and Obesity,” which compared two diets high in the fiber-poor wheat germ and low in fiber wheat bran and resulted in a significant decrease in inflammatory markers and a significant increase in good microbes. The study also found that a change in dietary fiber content significantly reduced C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker . The study also found that individuals with C-reactive proteins in excess were more likely to gain weight and had higher body fat levels, and those with low C-reactive proteins and low body fat levels were most likely to lose weight after the change in dietary fiber.  

Then came the “Fibre-rich Paleo Diet,” or “Paleo” Diet. The study concluded that a Paleo diet provides the best balance between maintaining health and weight management. This diet was also found to help to regulate blood sugar, cholesterol, and saturated and trans fats. The author of this study concluded that “all carbohydrates are not created equal.” He also concluded that there is “some evidence that whole grain carbs may improve satiety and lower weight, but whole grain-based diets also have many problems with their glycemic index and they are a source of dietary fiber. A healthy diet needs healthy fats.”

Then came the study “The Effect of Dietary Fibre and Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Functions in Older Adults: A Randomised Controlled Trial.” The study found that a low dietary intake of carbohydrates (particularly refined carbohydrates) can have major effects on cognition. 

Then came the 2013 study “Intestinal Barrier Responses to Lipopolysaccharide, Fructose, and Glucose by the Human Gut Microbial Envelope.” This experiment showed that a significant number of species of bacteria responded to fructose. The experiment also demonstrated the effects of “lipopolysaccharides” on the gut. The results of this experiment were also published in 2010 .

Then came the 2011 study “Effect of a Whole Grain, High Protein and Fat Food Pattern on Weight Loss and Cardiovascular Risk Factors after 6 Months Treatment.” 

Then came the “High-Protein and Fat-Rich Diet Decreased Insulin Resistance, Improved Metabolic Factors and Decreased Body Weight: A Controlled Trial.” This study compared the effects of the protein-rich diet of “the South Beach diet” with the control group’s diet. The results demonstrated that the high-fat-rich diet increased insulin sensitivity and led to lower body weight, a statistically significant improvement.