Energy balance or fat balance?

Swinburn, Boyd, Ravussin, E, Saris, WHM and Sauer, P 1993, Energy balance or fat balance?, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 57, no. 5 SUPPL., pp. 766S-771S, doi: 10.1093/ajcn/57.5.766S.

Title Energy balance or fat balance?
Author(s) Swinburn, Boyd
Ravussin, E
Saris, WHM
Sauer, P
Journal name American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Volume number 57
Issue number 5 SUPPL.
Start page 766S
End page 771S
Total pages 6
Publisher Oxford Academic
Publication date 1993-01-01
ISSN 0002-9165
Summary Under normal conditions, carbohydrate, protein, and alcohol are not converted to fat. Glycogen and protein stores are closely controlled, and increasing the intake of nonfat nutrients stimulates their oxidation rates proportionally. Thus, chronic imbalance between intake and oxidation of nonfat nutrients cannot lead to obesity. On the other hand, fat stores are not controlled and their capacity for expansion is enormous. Because an increase in fat intake does not stimulate fat oxidation, a positive fat balance results, which has the potential to become chronic. Obesity is therefore due to a long-standing positive fat balance, which may simply be due to a high-fat diet. The use of the fat-balance equation instead of the energy-balance equation adds another option for the treatment of obesity- that of changing the quality of the diet, ie, lowering the fat content.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/ajcn/57.5.766S
Field of Research 11 Medical And Health Sciences
09 Engineering
HERDC Research category CN.1 Other journal article
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