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Associations of Brain Reactivity to Food Cues with Weight Loss, Protein Intake and Dietary Restraint during the PREVIEW Intervention

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Department of Nutrition and Movement Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Centre, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Centre for Overweight Adolescent and Children’s Health Care (COACH), Department of Paediatrics, Maastricht University Medical Centre, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Research Centre in Applied Sports, Technology Exercise and Medicine, College of Engineering, Swansea University, Swansea, SA1 8EN Wales, UK
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Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, DK-1017 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Nutrients 2018, 10(11), 1771; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10111771
Received: 17 October 2018 / Revised: 2 November 2018 / Accepted: 9 November 2018 / Published: 15 November 2018
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Abstract

The objective was to assess the effects of a weight loss and subsequent weight maintenance period comprising two diets differing in protein intake, on brain reward reactivity to visual food cues. Brain reward reactivity was assessed with functional magnetic resonance imaging in 27 overweight/obese individuals with impaired fasting glucose and/or impaired glucose tolerance (HOMA-IR: 3.7 ± 1.7; BMI: 31.8 ± 3.2 kg/m2; fasting glucose: 6.4 ± 0.6 mmol/L) before and after an 8-week low energy diet followed by a 2-year weight maintenance period, with either high protein (HP) or medium protein (MP) dietary guidelines. Brain reactivity and possible relationships with protein intake, anthropometrics, insulin resistance and eating behaviour were assessed. Brain reactivity, BMI, HOMA-IR and protein intake did not change differently between the groups during the intervention. In the whole group, protein intake during weight maintenance was negatively related to changes in high calorie images>low calorie images (H > L) brain activation in the superior/middle frontal gyrus and the inferior temporal gyrus (p < 0.005, corrected for multiple comparisons). H > L brain activation was positively associated with changes in body weight and body-fat percentage and inversely associated with changes in dietary restraint in multiple reward, gustatory and processing regions (p < 0.005, corrected for multiple comparisons). In conclusion, changes in food reward-related brain activation were inversely associated with protein intake and dietary restraint during weight maintenance after weight loss and positively associated with changes in body weight and body-fat percentage. View Full-Text
Keywords: fMRI; food cues; food reward; obesity; insulin resistance; protein intake; weight loss fMRI; food cues; food reward; obesity; insulin resistance; protein intake; weight loss
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Drummen, M.; Dorenbos, E.; Vreugdenhil, A.C.E.; Stratton, G.; Raben, A.; Westerterp-Plantenga, M.S.; Adam, T.C. Associations of Brain Reactivity to Food Cues with Weight Loss, Protein Intake and Dietary Restraint during the PREVIEW Intervention. Nutrients 2018, 10, 1771.

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