A common report is that sweets taste too sweet and protein supplements taste too strong after surgery. This study may explain why. Researchers found that obese mice have fewer taste cells, and those that they do have do not respond normally to sweets.
The body’s mechanisms to maintain the extra weight are powerful. Since taste plays a role in regulating appetite, this is just one more reason why is it next to impossible to lose weight once you have gained it. Once obese, you may need to eat more to get satisfaction from foods.
This study also brings up more questions specifically for the weight loss surgery population—if the perception of tastes changes right after surgery, the change must be due to something other than weight loss (since that hasn’t happened yet). Hope they commission a study for weight loss surgery patients specifically, so we can get those protein supplements to taste great to everyone.
A recent study confirms the Barix Clinics protein recommendations. It found that consuming twice the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein while exercising and dieting helps you maintain your muscle mass and lose more fat. But too much of a good thing isn’t such a good thing–taking in 3 times the RDA of protein had no additional benefits.
The RDA of protein for men is 56 grams per day and for women is 46 grams per day. When we calculate your protein goal at Barix, we use a different approach than the RDA. We base it upon 1.2 grams per kg of ideal body weight. This has the added benefit of accounting for different heights. After all, it is reasonable that a 5’11” tall person would need more protein than a 5’0” tall person.
Bottom line—make sure to meet your protein goals and exercise regularly as part of your new healthy lifestyle.
A typical American diet, high in sugar and fat, causes changes to immune cells and increases chronic inflammation. Understanding this relationship is important in finding new ways to combat one of our biggest health issues. A new study suggests that anti-inflammatory medications can block the inflammatory effects of a diet high in fat and sugar—including obesity itself.
In light of mounting evidence, selecting a diet with anti-inflammatory properties looks like a good way to go for you and your family.