Effect of Distinct Lifestyle Interventions on Mobilization of Fat Storage Pools Academic Article uri icon


  • Background:We aimed to assess whether distinct lifestyle strategies can differentially affect specific body adipose depots. Methods:We performed an 18-month randomized controlled trial among 278 sedentary adults with abdominal obesity (75%) or dyslipidemia in an isolated workplace with a monitored provided lunch. Participants were randomized to isocaloric low-fat or Mediterranean/low-carbohydrate (MED/LC) diet+28 g walnuts/day with/without added moderate physical activity (PA; 80% aerobic; supervised/free gym membership). Overall primary outcome was body fat redistribution, and the main specific end point was visceral adipose tissue (VAT). We further followed the dynamics of different fat depots (deep and superficial subcutaneous, liver, pericardial, muscle, pancreas, and renal sinus) by magnetic resonance imaging. Results:Of 278 participants (age, 48 years, 89% men, body mass index, 30.8 kg/m2), 86% completed the trial with good adherence. The low-fat group preferentially decreased reported fat intake (−...

publication date

  • January 1, 2018