At the most simplistic level, weight gain is the result of consumption of more calories of
food energy than is burned by physical and metabolic activity. However there is much more to
the story - many hormones interact to control hunger, metabolic activity, mood, and perceived
Perhaps one of the most important hormone imbalance leading to obesity is
[Starr2005, pg 164], [Zondek1944], [Hertoghe1915], [Siegal2001].
Adequate dietary fat is important to maintaining a normal metabolism. Dr. Barnes reports
that a high protein, low fat diet will slow the metabolism and produce symptoms of
At least one study shows that a 60% fat diet is more effective
in losing weight than a 30% fat diet.
As summarized by Dr. Starr, the results of the study reported by Duke University in 2002
are as follows [need reference]:
|% Fat in diet||Weight loss #||% Change HDL||% Change TG|
In conclusion, avoidance of dietary fats is counterproductive in weight loss programs.
On the other hand, correcting hypothyroidism appears to benefit