Nutritional Strategies for Preserving Fat-Free Mass during Intentional Weight Loss

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Obesity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2024 | Viewed by 71

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1. Department of Human Sciences and Promotion of the Quality of Life, San Raffaele Roma Open University, Rome, Italy
2. Department of Endocrinology, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases, IRCCS MultiMedica, Milan, Italy
Interests: obesity; insulin resistance; diabetes; bone health
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Dear Colleagues,

Obesity has emerged as a global health concern, affecting millions worldwide. Weight reduction is essential in improving health outcomes in individuals with obesity, as it can significantly reduce the risks of, improve, or even resolve obesity-related complications. However, weight loss efforts often entail a physiological reduction in fat-free mass, which poses particular concerns, especially in individuals with baseline sarcopenic obesity or when substantial amounts of weight are lost. 

Fat-free mass—comprising muscles, bones, organs, and fluids—is critical for overall health, affecting metabolic rate, physical strength, and function. There are growing concerns that a reduction in fat-free mass during weight loss might increase the risk of frailty, emphasizing the need for targeted nutritional strategies in order to address this issue.

The Special Issue entitled "Nutritional Strategies for Preserving Fat-Free Mass during Intentional Weight Loss” seeks to explore dietary approaches which are capable of supporting the maintenance of muscle and bone mass during weight loss achieved through the currently available strategies, including lifestyle modifications, pharmacological interventions, and bariatric surgery. 

Submissions are invited in the form of original research, reviews, and communications regarding topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Nutritional interventions designed to mitigate the loss of muscle and bone mass, particularly in contexts that present a higher risk of frailty, such as in individuals with sarcopenic obesity or those undergoing significant weight reduction.
  • The impact of different dietary patterns (e.g., ketogenic, Mediterranean, intermittent fasting) and specific nutrients on maintaining or enhancing fat-free mass during weight reduction.
  • Mechanistic studies on how various weight loss strategies impact muscle protein synthesis, bone density, and overall body composition.
  • Assessments of combined dietary and exercise interventions aiming to optimize the preservation of fat-free mass during weight loss.
  • Clinical trials, case studies, and systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of nutritional strategies in maintaining or improving fat-free mass, as well as preventing frailty during weight loss achieved through currently available strategies, including lifestyle modifications, pharmacological interventions, and bariatric surgery.

Through advancing our understanding and developing comprehensive strategies that support the preservation of fat-free mass during weight loss, this Special Issue aims to offer actionable insights for healthcare professionals and individuals facing the complexities of weight reduction. Our goal is to contribute to the broader dialogue on maintaining health and physical function when achieving clinically significant and intentional weight loss.

We look forward to your contributions to this important field of study.

Dr. Caterina Conte
Guest Editor

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  • sarcopenia
  • obesity
  • sarcopenic obesity
  • body composition
  • aging
  • exercise
  • muscle strength
  • muscle mass
  • skeletal muscle
  • energy restriction
  • fat-free mass
  • cardiovascular disease
  • insulin resistance
  • weight loss
  • maintenance outcomes

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