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    Gut Organisms Could Be Clue in Controlling Obesity Risk

    -this is interesting.....

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    ScienceDaily (Apr. 23, 2012) The international obesity epidemic is widespread, nondiscriminatory, and deadly. But do we really understand all of the factors underlying this alarming trend? The concept of energy balance (energy consumed = energy expended + energy stored) is undeniable, being driven by the first law of thermodynamics. Consequently, there is no contradiction that excessive calorie intake and plummeting levels of physical activity are largely to blame for our ever-expanding waistlines.

    However, scientists remain baffled as to why some individuals are particularly prone to becoming obese and if there is anything aside from lowering calorie consumption and increasing activity levels that can be done to prevent and/or reverse excessive weight gain in our most at-risk populations.
    Physiologists have long known that our intestines are brimming with live bacteria, some of which provide important substances (e.g., vitamin B-12) to their host. However, research conducted over the last decade suggests that these organisms, often referred to as intestinal microbiota, may play a far greater role in human health than previously imagined. One area of intense interest is the possibility that the mix of intestinal bacteria with which we are endowed might directly influence our risk for obesity. Obese individuals tend to have different microbial profiles in their intestines than lean individuals, and scientists have learned that the bacteria common to obesity may metabolize the food we eat in a way that allows us to harvest more calories from it and deposit those calories as fat.
    To determine whether altering one's bacterial profile can change obesity risk, researchers from the French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) transferred the intestinal bacteria of obesity-prone or obesity-resistant rats into the intestinal tracts of germ-free mice recipients, therefore having no innate gut microbiota. Some animals were fed a regular diet, whereas others were provided unlimited access to a high-fat diet. Food intake and weight gain were monitored for 8 weeks, and intestinal samples were analyzed for a variety of physiologic markers of metabolism and normal feedback mechanisms known to play a role in maintenance of energy balance.
    As hypothesized, mice that received intestinal bacteria from obesity-prone animals ate more food, gained more weight, and became more obese than those receiving microbiota from obesity-resistant animals. Animals with microbiota transferred from obesity-prone animals also exhibited changes in intestinal nutrient sensors and gut peptide levels, likely influencing how the animals responded to eating.
    The authors' conclusions are three-fold. First, they theorize that obese individuals, when given the opportunity to overeat, may harbor specific gut microbiota profiles that promote excess weight gain. Second, they propose that differences in gut microbes can be related to behavioral changes and increased food intake. Finally, they believe that the mix of microbiota you have may influence your ability to properly sense and respond to a meal. They hope to eventually find ways to manipulate the intestinal microbiota profiles of especially at-risk individuals so that they can more easily maintain a healthy body weight.
    As part of the scientific program of the American Society for Nutrition, the nation's leading nutrition research society, results from this study were presented on April 23, 2012 in San Diego, CA.

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    Good read and interesting info BUT dunno how they feel it will be of any help in solving the "obesity epidemic". Without understanding anything about microbes, the ppl most at risk for obesity already know that...they know from looking at their family members and their peers. Knowing that often doesn't change their behaviors...not even knowing that if they're obese like their aunt who died of diabetes and hypertension they will probably die too... so why would knowing the biological reason behind it? The honest truth is that vanity is the main thing that will save ppl's health so it needs to be vanity not biology lol
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    there was a doctor on another board I used to frequent and I remember he would constantly say the same thing. Basically, the benefit in knowing this (from his standpoint) is that the way ppl target weight loss was faulty and not helping them lose weight. It was this guy who got me taking digestive enzymes when I eat and probiotics to improve gut function and would you know, I lost weight without even aiming to at the time. lol Kinda made me a believer at the time because I still take both to this day.

    So I hope or think that the above will be a spring board to change how ppl approach weight lost since a lot of what they are saying is due to gut function. Improve you digestion and improve your weight loss chances - in addition to what you are saying about eating right and making better choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LB View Post
    there was a doctor on another board I used to frequent and I remember he would constantly say the same thing. Basically, the benefit in knowing this (from his standpoint) is that the way ppl target weight loss was faulty and not helping them lose weight. It was this guy who got me taking digestive enzymes when I eat and probiotics to improve gut function and would you know, I lost weight without even aiming to at the time. lol Kinda made me a believer at the time because I still take both to this day.

    So I hope or think that the above will be a spring board to change how ppl approach weight lost since a lot of what they are saying is due to gut function. Improve you digestion and improve your weight loss chances - in addition to what you are saying about eating right and making better choices.
    Wow that's hot. I used to be big into the probiotics but I really fell off w/ it for years now. No excuse cause I make sure to get it into the lil one lol. You just put me back on track though.

    I see what you're saying about being informed in your approach but my main thing is that the numbers from the epidemic they speak of, are not what they are due to ppl that are trying and maybe using wrong approach..they're due to ppl that think their obesity is ok and continue unhealthy lifestyles no matter what information is available to them. Like the coca cola chick.
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    I see what you are saying BD.

    I don't think it excuses behavior or choices either. I was thinking about those who do try t o lose weight but have less ouck in song so. Especially with the media pushing all these processed diet food that play havoc on your digestive and metabolism. And then your system is so out of whack that your insteadulin etc holds onto fat.

    There is so much bad info out there its a shame
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    I dunno why i thought the title said 'Gut ORgasms' lmao.

    I'm here saying wtf? i wonder how that feel? lol
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    you need Jesus! lol
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