I suppose I'm wondering whether it applies to correspondingly smaller binges and episodes of gaining weight--whether going over maintenance calorie counts and gaining a lesser amount would affect body composition to a lesser degree. If so, where is the line? For example, I lost about 40 pounds and then gained 20 back over a year. I've lost 10 of that so far. So is that new fat different than it was before? It certainly seems harder to lose this time around.
While I see your point (IHE) that this is a sort of artificial forcing of an eating pattern on the subjects and doesn't cover every person who binges and/or gains back weight, I'm pretty sure there are people whose eating patterns fit this more closely and they *do* have periods of gaining a bit more than 1 or 2 pounds--maybe 5 pounds in a month, say. That's a little less than half the gain over a month in the study, so presumably the same effect is there to a lesser degree.
Last edited by tea2; 11-12-2010 at 08:09 PM.