UCLA psychology professor Aaron Blaisdell studied what happened to rats when they were fed a junk food diet. (Photo/Chris Richard)
By Chris Richard
A new UCLA psychology study has found evidence that being overweight may make people tired and then become more sedentary, not the other way around.
The rats on the junk food diet rested nearly twice as long as the lean rats.
Researchers got the proof from testing rats, whose physiology is similar to that of human beings.
A team led by psychology professor Aaron Blaisdell of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute put one group of 16 rats on the standard lab diet, largely ground corn, wheat, soybean and fish meal. A second group got a highly processed and refined diet, with casein as the main protein source, soybean oil, sugar and a little starch: a rat’s version of junk food.
It may be no surprise that after three months, the junk food eaters got fat. Continue reading
It all started with a prescription from his doctor, but not for a drug.
“You should probably become a vegan,” New York Times food writer Mark Bittman says his doctor told him. That was six years ago. Then 57, Bittman says he was 40 pounds overweight, and his cholesterol and blood sugar which had always been normal, had moved into the “danger zone.”
Bittman had built his career around food, and being a vegan didn’t appeal to him, as he recounted this week on KQED’s Forum. “I wanted … something do-able, something I could stick with,” he said.
He hatched the idea of being vegan until dinner — “you’re only postponing gratitude” until then.
It seems to have worked. Today, he’s 35 pounds lighter and he says his blood sugar and cholesterol are back in the normal range.
Now he has recounted his experience in a new book, “VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Restore Your Health and Lose Weight … for Good.” Continue reading