Eating hotdogs and French fries might be a great treat, however, these high fat diets can significantly reduce our exercising ability and lead to short term memory loss, reveals a new study. The research conducted using mouse model showed that in less than 10 days of eating a high-fat diet, rats had a decreased ability to exercise and experienced significant short-term memory loss. "Western diets are typically high in fat and are associated with long-term complications, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart failure, yet the short-term consequences of such diets have been given relatively little attention," said Andrew Murray, co-author of the study and currently at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. "We hope that the findings of our study will help people to think seriously about reducing the fat content of their daily food intake to the immediate benefit of their general health, well-being, and alertness," he added. Study leader Murray fed rats with low-fat diet (7.5 percent of calories as fat) and high-fat diet (55 percent of calories as fat). He discovered that the muscles of the rats eating the high-fat diet for four days were less able to use oxygen to make the energy needed to exercise, causing their hearts to worker harder-and increase in size. After nine days on a high-fat diet, the rats took longer to complete a maze and made more mistakes in the process than their low-fat-diet counterparts. The researchers also studied the cellular causes of these problems, particularly in the mitochondria of muscle cells. They found increased levels of a protein called uncoupling protein 3, which made them less efficient at using oxygen needed to make the energy required for running. The new research is published online in The FASEB Journal. Source: ANISRM << World Faces Growing Health Inequalities: WHO Treelines Not Universally Responding to Climate Warming as ... >> Recommended Reading Low Cholesterol Diet - PUFA & MUFA Cholesterol - The Pivotal Chemical in Low Cholesterol Diet READ MORE Atkins Diet Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet and aids in weight loss. It was developed by Robert Atkins. READ MORE Hunger Fullness and Weight Control An erratic way of eating or any metabolic disturbance in the hunger fullness signals is one of the major causes of obesity. READ MORE Is a Vegetarian Diet Safe During Pregnancy? Great care must be taken with diet during pregnancy for the baby’s healthy development. Being vegetarian is not a minus but dietary recommendations must be followed closely for a healthy pregnancy. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Low Carbohydrate Diet A low carbohydrate diet helps achieve weight loss. It is a diet plan that restricts the carbohydrate intake. READ MORE Macrobiotic Diet Macrobiotics is an Oriental theory that lays down guidelines for promoting well-being and longevity through systematic diet consisting mainly of whole grains and beans. READ MORE South Beach Diet South Beach Diet plan originally developed to prevent heart disease, soon gained popularity as weight loss diet plan. This diet plan was developed by Dr.Arthur Agaston and Marie Almon. READ MORE Top Diet Foods that Make you Fat Every nutrition fad comes with its share of diet foods. While they seem healthy, many diet foods promote weight gain. This article will highlight the top diet foods that make you fat. READ MORE Weight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work? Hypnosis indirectly helps with weight loss by altering the consciousness through suggestions and imagery to a more positive state. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug - Food Interactions Drug Side Effects Calculator Iron Intake Calculator More News on: Low Carbohydrate DietAtkins DietSouth Beach DietMacrobiotic DietLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Hunger Fullness and Weight ControlWeight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work?Quiz on Weight LossTop Diet Foods that Make you FatIs a Vegetarian Diet Safe During Pregnancy?