Nutrient-rich, low-calorie diets actually reprogram fat cells to keep the body thin
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) A study appearing in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Proteome Research has given further insight into the correlation between calorie restriction and weight loss. While it is known that calorie-restricted diets are effective at helping people to lose weight, it has now been found that fat cell proteins play an important role in regulating bodily fat stores and extending life.
Dr. Edwin Mariman and his research team sought out to further understand the relationship between fat cell proteins and weight loss. Prior animal studies have shown that low-calorie diets rich in valuable nutrients are effective at maintaining proper bodily weight and lengthening life span.
In order to understand how it works in humans, the team investigated the subcutaneous fat cells of a group of obese people that followed a five-week calorie-restricted diet. Besides the fact that the average participant lost over 20 pounds, researchers discovered that six fat cell proteins in participants’ bodies had changed their composition throughout the course of the diet.
The significance of the discovery is that fat cell proteins instruct the body when and how to store fat. The composition change indicated that the low-calorie diet had actually restructured the proteins, signaling them to store less fat and to use it differently than before. Researchers believe the bodies of the study participants will now regulate themselves better, leading to better health and longer life.
According to researchers, being able to observe the marked changes in fat cell proteins will help verify the effectiveness of various methods of cutting calories to lose weight and gain better health.
I agree with Mike Adams comments on this subject, fat cells are not “stupid cells”. They morph and adapt, just like other cells, when the environment they are subject to changes. In this case when the diet being consumed is of higher quality and doesn’t fuel the need for fat cells to bloat and get bigger to store excess energy, let alone foreign matter that the body does not need, or to hold substances like excess sodium in solution and away from vital organs, they thin out. How else can you explain in simplistic terms, why, the moment you start eating more nutrient rich, healthy promoting foods and less calorie dense foods at the base of your diet, your weight goes down, even before you you’ve begun exercising!