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Fat Gain Directly Related To Caloric Intake

New research confirms that it's the total number of calories consumed and not so much what types of foods we eat that results in body fat gains and losses. While that's not to say that different foods aren't healthier than others - clearly, they are - but in terms of body fat, it's a simple matter of the more calories in, the more fat we pack on. An interesting finding of the study - when the excessive calories were higher in protein, although subjects gained a similar amount of body fat as those on lower protein diets with the same overall calories, those consuming higher protein diets additionally gained more lean muscle mass. Thus, in 2 groups consuming excess calories, while both gained similar amounts of body fat the higher protein consumption group additionally put on even more weight - lean muscle weight - as compared with the lower protein consumption group. It's therefore important to recognize that when we gain and lose body weight, especially while dieting, the weight loss/gain isn't necessarily all body fat. A portion of that could be our healthy lean body mass. However, for those wanting to lose body fat, this new research indicates it's the total calories consumed regardless of food types that are responsible for body fat increases and losses.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, online January 3, 2012.