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Thematic 2019: Why there probably isn’t a “best diet” for weight management

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Speaker: Kevin Hall, PhD, National Institute of Health (NIH)

Losing weight and keeping it off is tremendously difficult because powerful biological responses resist weight loss and promote weight regain. Despite claims of diet gurus, subverting these biological processes is not easy and there may not be any “best diet" for losing weight. This session will describe the quantitative physiology of body weight regulation and explain how the body adapts to wide variations in diet composition.

Learning Objectives:

1. Gain an understanding of the role of clinical studies in providing evidence related to effective weight management strategies
2. Gain knowledge on the strength of evidence supporting the effectiveness of weight management regimens involving variations in diet composition

About the speaker:

Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. His main research interests are the regulation of food intake, macronutrient metabolism, energy balance, and body weight.

Dr. Hall develops mathematical models and computer simulations to help design, predict, and interpret the results of clinical research studies conducted by his laboratory to better understand human nutrition and metabolism. Dr. Hall has twice received both the NIH Director's Award and the NIDDK Director's Award, and is the recipient of the E.V. McCullum Award from the American Society for Nutrition, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology,and his award-winning Body Weight Planner ( has been used by millions of people to help predict how diet and physical activity dynamically interact to affect human body weight.

***Original Source: "2019 Thematic Conference", Saturday, January 12, 2019

Length: 29:49

Type: Video

Last Updated: February 8, 2019

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