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Researchers in Shanghai found that mice bred to be resistant to obesity even when fed high-fat foods became excessively overweight when injected with a kind of human bacteria and subjected to a rich diet. The bacterium—known as enterobacter—had been linked with obesity after being found in high quantities in the gut of a morbidly obese human volunteer, said the report, written by researchers at Shanghai's Jiaotong University. The mice were injected with the bacterium for up to 10 weeks as part of the experiment. The experiments show that the bacterium "may causatively contribute to the development of obesity" in humans, according to the paper published in the peer-reviewed journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-12-china-link-obesity-bacteria.html#jCp

Pretty crazy discovery if you ask me, I thought this was proper for science news. I'm not on any specific diet but I simply can't afford a lot of food. I only eat one meal per day, and somehow manage to stay 20-30lbs overweight. I always assumed I had a terrible metabolism, but perhaps I need to find a way to kill of these enterobacter smile.gif
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I'm not on any specific diet but I simply can't afford a lot of food. I only eat one meal per day, and somehow manage to stay 20-30lbs overweight. I always assumed I had a terrible metabolism, but perhaps I need to find a way to kill of these enterobacter smile.gif

Eating one meal a day will slow down your metabolism.

Basically when you eat one big meal a day, your body can't use that much food when you actually eat it, so it stores most of it away. Then your metabolism slows down, so it can slowly use that stored food throughout the day and not run out of energy.

It's best to eat a bunch of small healthy meals. That gives you just enough energy until your next meal, keeps your metabolism high, and you won't have to store away any excess food as fat.
Edited by Mad Skillz - 12/23/12 at 2:44am
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no doubt my habits are a bit strange, the only sizable meal I eat is dinner.. if I eat something during the day its usually very small like a piece of toast or some chips, that and excessive amounts of water lol!! pretty much the equivalent of Muslim Ramadan but all year long. but that is a bit OT, I wonder if big pharmaceutical companies are going to start targeting this "enterobacter" seems like its going to be a rush to that next miracle weight loss solution.
Edited by HK_47 - 12/23/12 at 2:47am
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Like most things in life the best way to get things done is hard work, so get outside if you want to lose weight fatties.
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Eating one meal a day will slow down your metabolism.
Basically when you eat one big meal a day, your body can't use that much food when you actually eat it, so it stores most of it away. Then your metabolism slows down, so it can slowly use that stored food throughout the day and not run out of energy.
It's best to eat a bunch of small healthy meals. That gives you just enough energy until your next meal, keeps your metabolism high, and you won't have to store away any excess food as fat.


Truth i reckon.


For my entire life i've always eaten many small meals a day, and to this day, i'm still underweight for my height. Most other family members just eat one large meal at the end of the day and they are all overweight.
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A little cardio each day and at least several smaller meals throughout the day will melt the weight off, I assure you. Metabolism is key, but this bacteria story is pretty interesting. People are always looking for the easy way to do things, espcially when it comes to losing weight. Popping a pill that kills this bacteria will be a billion-dollar pharmaceutical for sure if true.
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Eating foods high in fat is nothing to do with being overweight.

It's about the quantity of energy in the foods you eat. It doesn't matter if you only eat one meal or 6 small meals each day. The total quantity of energy you consume will lead you to either put on weight (fat or muscle depending on whether you exercise and eat sufficient protein or not), maintain your current body composition/stay the same weight or lose weight (fat if you do it right).

I'm skeptical of this idea of bacteria promoting obesity, especially considering the source.
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Eating foods high in fat is nothing to do with being overweight.
It's about the quantity of energy in the foods you eat. It doesn't matter if you only eat one meal or 6 small meals each day. The total quantity of energy you consume will lead you to either put on weight (fat or muscle depending on whether you exercise and eat sufficient protein or not), maintain your current body composition/stay the same weight or lose weight (fat if you do it right).
I'm skeptical of this idea of bacteria promoting obesity, especially considering the source.

The fact that two people of the exact same weight can be put on an identical diet down to the crumb and will respond differently makes that thought process fundamentally flawed. There are obviously other factors that determine caloric usage while idle.
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The fact that two people of the exact same weight can be put on an identical diet down to the crumb and will respond differently makes that thought process fundamentally flawed. There are obviously other factors that determine caloric usage while idle.

That's partly true, but I'm also very sceptical of those claiming to eat the same amount, yet are considerably more overweight. I think there's often some deception going on with eating issues.
    
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Easiest way to lose weight.

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