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An adaptive response to uncertainty can lead to weight gain during dieting attempts

OPEN Evolution, medicine, and public health | 7 Dec 2016

AD Higginson and JM McNamara
Abstract
Peoples' attempts to lose weight by low calorie diets often result in weight gain because of over-compensatory overeating during lapses. Animals usually respond to a change in food availability by adjusting their foraging effort and altering how much energy reserves they store. But in many situations the long-term availability of food is uncertain, so animals may attempt to estimate it to decide the appropriate level of fat storage.
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Dieting, Heat, Mass, Carbohydrate, Energy, Nutrition, Physics, Obesity
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