Accession Number : ADA292079

Title :   Effects of Chromium Picolinate on Body Composition in a Remedial Conditioning Program.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Trent, L. K. ; Thieding-Cancel, D.

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Report Date : 06 DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : Recent evidence suggests that nutritional supplementation with chromium picolinate might help reduce excess body fat and increase lean muscle mass. This study explored the efficiency of chromium picolinate as a weight-reduction aid for obese personnel enrolled in the Navy's mandatory remedial conditioning program (Level I). Participants were 95 active-duty Navy members (79 men, 16 women) enrolled in several remedial programs, which met a minimum of three times per week for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. The study employed a double- blind, placebo-controlled protocol. Percent body fat was computed from body circumference measurements obtained at baseline and again after 16 weeks. Participants also completed a pre-post questionnaire concerning their lifestyle habits. Half of the participants received a daily capsule containing 400 micrograms of chromium picolinate; the other half received a placebo. At the end of 16 weeks, the group as a whole had lost a small amount of weight and body fat; however, the Chromium group failed to show a significantly greater reduction in either percent body fat or body weight, or a greater increase in lean body mass, than did the Placebo group. It was concluded that chromium picolinate was ineffective in enhancing body fat reduction in this group. -BKA

Descriptors :   *WEIGHT REDUCTION, *BODY WEIGHT, *OBESITY, TEST AND EVALUATION, NAVAL PERSONNEL, BASE LINES, PHYSICAL FITNESS, CHROMIUM, MUSCLES, DIET, NUTRITION, AEROBIC PROCESSES, PLACEBOS, HABITS, SLEEP, ADIPOSE TISSUE, EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), FAT CELLS.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE