Effect of weight reduction on resting energy expenditure, substrate utilization, and the thermic effect of food in moderately obese women.


It is not known whether the decrease in the thermic effect of food (TEF) in obesity is a consequence of obesity or a factor contributing to the development of obesity. The resting energy expenditure (REE) of 24 obese, nondiabetic, postmenopausal women was 5481 +/- 110 kJ/24 h (1310 +/- 26.4 kcal/24 h). After weight loss (12.7 +/- 0.45 kg) the REE was… (More)