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Effects of a 4-week Wheat Bran Diet Combined with Weight Self-monitoring on Visceral Fat and Body Weight Among Overweight Individuals
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages: 10-15
Received: Jan. 16, 2020; Accepted: Feb. 7, 2020; Published: Mar. 10, 2020
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Nami Yamanaka, Biological Science Research Laboratories, Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Shinichiro Saito, Biological Science Research Laboratories, Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Kazuya Kozuma, Health and Wellness Research Laboratories, Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Noriko Osaki, Health and Wellness Research Laboratories, Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Yoshihisa Katsuragi, Health and Wellness Research Laboratories, Kao Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
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Background: Animal studies have shown that wheat bran (WB), which is rich in dietary fiber, has beneficial effects against postprandial hyperglycemia and fatty liver. The present study thus investigated the effects of a WB diet combined with body weight self-monitoring on visceral fat area (VFA) and body weight among overweight participants. Method: This single-blind randomized controlled trial was conducted in adults with a body mass index of 23 to <30 kg/m2. After screening, 44 participants were randomly allocated to either the combination or control group (n = 22/group). The combination group was instructed to consume 8 g/day of WB (1.6 g/day as arabinoxylan) with their regular diet and monitor their body weight daily for 4 weeks, whereas the control group was instructed to maintain their regular diet and monitor their body weight daily for 4 weeks. Results: Although both groups exhibited a decrease in VFA, i.e., the primary outcome measure, the combination group exhibited a greater reduction therein compared with the control group with a significant treatment by time interaction. Moreover, the combination group exhibited a significantly greater decrease in body weight, i.e., the secondary outcome measure, after 4 weeks than the control group. Conclusion: Incorporating WB into the daily diet together with weight self-monitoring therapy can be beneficial for reducing VFA and body weight.
Arabinoxylan, Human, Self-monitoring, Visceral Fat, Wheat Bran
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Nami Yamanaka, Shinichiro Saito, Kazuya Kozuma, Noriko Osaki, Yoshihisa Katsuragi, Effects of a 4-week Wheat Bran Diet Combined with Weight Self-monitoring on Visceral Fat and Body Weight Among Overweight Individuals, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 9, No. 1, 2020, pp. 10-15. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20200901.13
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