Strategies for Healthy Weight Loss: From Vitamin C to the Glycemic Response

Department of Nutrition, Arizona State University East, 7001 E. Williams Field Rd., Mesa, AZ 85212, USA.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition (Impact Factor: 1.45). 07/2005; 24(3):158-65. DOI: 10.1080/07315724.2005.10719460
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America is experiencing a major obesity epidemic. The ramifications of this epidemic are immense since obesity is associated with chronic metabolic abnormalities such as insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and heart disease. Reduced physical activity and/or increased energy intakes are important factors in this epidemic. Additionally, a genetic susceptibility to obesity is associated with gene polymorphisms affecting biochemical pathways that regulate fat oxidation, energy expenditure, or energy intake. However, these pathways are also impacted by specific foods and nutrients. Vitamin C status is inversely related to body mass. Individuals with adequate vitamin C status oxidize 30% more fat during a moderate exercise bout than individuals with low vitamin C status; thus, vitamin C depleted individuals may be more resistant to fat mass loss. Food choices can impact post-meal satiety and hunger. High-protein foods promote postprandial thermogenesis and greater satiety as compared to high-carbohydrate, low-fat foods; thus, diet regimens high in protein foods may improve diet compliance and diet effectiveness. Vinegar and peanut ingestion can reduce the glycemic effect of a meal, a phenomenon that has been related to satiety and reduced food consumption. Thus, the effectiveness of regular exercise and a prudent diet for weight loss may be enhanced by attention to specific diet details.

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    • "The majority of published studies examining the associations between ascorbic acid and BW or WC have been cross-sectional [2-4,44] and although these studies find that low ascorbic acid status is associated with higher BW or WC they do not shed light on a possible causal relationship. However, Naylor et al. (1985) published results from a double blind placebo controlled trial of 38 obese subjects. "
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    • "Ingestion of unesterified plant sterols has been reported to result in loss of adipose stores [18]. Research also indicates that mice on a high fat diet supplemented with high doses of ascorbic acid accumulate significantly less adipose tissue than their non-supplemented counterparts [19-22]. By examining the in vivo effects of diet supplemented with ascorbic acid in the presence and absence of phytosterols, we set out to establish whether the supplements have a synergistic effect in a diet-induced obesity mouse model, and to investigate possible mechanisms for the supplement-induced mass loss. "
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