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Words and wisdom trump pills and meal plans
Actually the researchers did nothing we would not have seen in countless of studies before. They recruited 24 male subjects with an, in US terms, pretty low BMI of 25 - 28 kg/m² and a waist circumference of 85-100 cm who had not been following any kind of regular exercise program before the intervention. The subjects were then assigned to one out of four groups:
- Car +M: 500mg/day carnitine / no instruction
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- Car -M: 500mg/day carnitine / plus instruction
- Pla +M: placebo / no instruction
- Pla -M: placebo / plus instruction
"I am so freakin' motivated, but I don't want to eat less..."
All that sounds pretty non-sensical (and I guess there may be a cultural aspect to it, due to which it may be slightly less effective in the US), but the "success" of this "motivational intervention" - as minuscule as it may have been over the course of this 4-week intervention without a prescribed diet / exercise regimen - cannot be denied (see figure 1 & figure 2).
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- no sign. effect on total cholesterol
- n.s. increase in LDL in all but the Car +M group
- no sign. change in HDL
- non-significant increase in adiponectin in Car +M
- no changes in HbA1c in any group
- significant increases in insulin in the non-motivated groups
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As mentioned before, there certainly is a cultural bias involved here, but is that reason enough to say: "Wtf, this won't work for Americans anyway!" Should results like this not rather be an incentive to try and change a climate, where people rather wait for the next weight loss drug than to start taking their life into their own hands, before their diabetes has made their fingers so numb that this is no longer possible? I would think so and that's actually part of the reason the SuppVersity and the SuppVersity Science-Round Up on Super Human Radio exist.