Good News For Gluttons! – Read This Before You Start “The Season Of Stuffing”

HIKE WHITE SUN SLEEVESLast week marked the beginning of the “Great Gluttony Season”, starting with Thanksgiving, followed by numerous festive events that generally involved lots of guzzling and glugging and not a huge amount of strenuous activity.

To be followed by a New Year filled with scale-sorrow.

Well good news from the scientists at the University of Bath in England which was published online in The Journal of Physiology just in time to bring a little seasonal good cheer. The experiment  involved 26 healthy young men. All exercised regularly. None were obese. Baseline health assessments, including biopsies of fat tissue, confirmed that each had normal metabolisms and blood sugar control, with no symptoms of incipient diabetes.

The researchers wanted to see what would happen when these intrepid volunteers increased their energy surplus whilst reducing their energy consumption.

In layman’s terms what would happen if like the rest of us over the holidays they lolloped on the sofa and stuffed themselves into a stupor!

Group 1; increased food intake by 50% whilst reducing daily moment to fewer than 4000 steps per day.

Group 2; increased food intake by 50% whilst reducing daily moment to fewer than 4000 steps per day. However they also ran moderately fast for 45 minutes each day on a treadmill. To balance energy in vs. energy out, this group ate an additional 25% more calories than group 1.

Over all, the two groups’ net daily energy surplus was the same so in theory the results should be the same.

However results were surprising after just 1 week group who had not exercised showed an unhealthy decline in their blood sugar control.

In fact when their fat cells were examined using sophisticated genetic testing techniques it was found that they were now over expressing various genes that may contribute to unhealthy metabolic changes and under expressing other genes potentially important for a well-functioning metabolism.

Group 2 who had also over indulged but had exercised once a day fared remarkably better. Their blood sugar control remained healthy, and their fat cells showed far fewer of the undesirable alterations in gene expression than among the sedentary group 1.

“Exercise seemed to completely cancel out many of the changes induced by overfeeding and reduced activity,” said Dylan Thompson, a professor of health sciences at the University of Bath and senior author of the study, leaving the exercise group “better off than the non-exercise group,” despite engaging in equivalently unhealthy behavior.

The study’s practical message that “if you are facing a period of over consumption and inactivity, a daily bout of exercise will prevent many of the negative changes, at least in the short term,” Dr. Thompson said.

So instead of starting 2014 filled with revelers-regret make time to go for a post-prandial stroll each day, besides you could do with a break from your nearest and dearest (and they you!).

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About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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3 Responses to Good News For Gluttons! – Read This Before You Start “The Season Of Stuffing”

  1. Pingback: Glutton Study | Sex, Soup, and 2 Fisted Eating

  2. I exercise every single day (unless I’m too sick to get out) no matter what the weather. The main reason I do this is so that I can continue to be a glutton year-round (I’m an awful pig LOL).

  3. rose2852 says:

    I dread the festive season which – where I live (Sydney, Australia) – seems to start somewhere in early December and winds up in mid January! The number of lunch and dinner invites is overwhelming and one can’t say no. I decided to tackle it head on this time and a) started the 5:2 Diet the week before Christmas and combined that with b) increased exercise (laps in the pool). It worked!

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