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Seeking participants for 13-week diet study

Research Participant Criteria

To be eligible for this study, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Gender: Male or Female
  • Age: 30 - 60 Years
  • Overweight (BMI 27-42 kg/m2)
  • Healthy (without stroke, heart, kidney or blood vessel disease)
  • Non-smoking
  • Elevated blood pressure, cholesterol or glucose (single oral medication accepted for each condition)
  • Low-active or sedentary
Exclusion Criteria

You are not eligible if any of the following applies to you:

  • High alcohol consumption (≥14 drinks/week)
  • Vegetarian
  • Lactation, pregnancy, or desire to become pregnant during the study

Research Study Details

BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) Effects on Metabolic Syndrome (BOLD-X Study)

This study examines the effects of lean red meat as part of a healthy weight-loss diet combined with exercise on cardiovascular risk factors.

Subjects will complete 13 weeks of controlled feeding (all food and drinks provided): all subjects will consume an Average American Diet for 2 weeks, before being randomized to one of 3 heart healthy intervention diets. They will consume the intervention diet for 5 weeks while maintaining their body weight, and then will consume the same diet with calorie restriction for 6 weeks to induce weight loss. Physiological and biochemical assessments will be performed at the end of each phase. During the weight loss phase, subjects also will receive physical activity and dietary counseling specific to their allocated intervention diet; they will be asked to follow these principles during a 12 week free living period.

Study Dates, Times and Location

Start Date: Jan 01, 2011 12:00 AM
Study Available by Appointment?: Yes
Location: University Park
Approximate Participant Study Length: 13 Weeks

Controlled feeding (all food and drinks):

               2 weeks Average American Diet

               5 weeks intervention diet (weight stable)

               6 weeks intervention diet (weight loss)

Free Living 12 weeks

Assessments will made with subject fasted (in the morning) at the end of each phase. 

Compensation: $150.00

Contact Information

Alison Hill
814 863 8622

This study has been approved by a Penn State Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRB Approval Number 29336