Centrifugal duration: An almost sure-fire way to lose weight (and other things)

If someone put you in a centrifuge — for an entire year — would you lose weight?

An essay by someone named Sarah argues, that “Centrifugation makes animals smaller, leaner, more muscular, and denser-boned.” The essay gives many examples. Here are two of those examples:

Female rats exposed to 3.5 or 4.7 G for one year showed “marked depletion of body-fat depots” and “significant decrease in kidney and liver lipids.”[2]…

The drop in body fat from centrifugation can be quite large; chickens went from 13% body fat to 3% body fat at 3G, and mice have a 55% drop in total body fat after 8 weeks of 2G exposure.[18]

Here are the studies that produced those, uh, results:

[2] Oyama, J., and B. Zeitman. “Tissue composition of rats exposed to chronic centrifugation.” American Journal of Physiology–Legacy Content 213.5 (1967): 1305-1310.

[18]Fuller, Patrick M., et al. “Neurovestibular modulation of circadian and homeostatic regulation: vestibulohypothalamic connection?.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 99.24 (2002): 15723-15728.

A question raised, but not stated, by these studies: If you rode in a centrifuge for a year, or even for eight weeks, would you inevitably lose not just weight, but also all hope? Would a rat, or a chicken?

One Response to “Centrifugal duration: An almost sure-fire way to lose weight (and other things)”

  1. Hakan Says:

    Aren’t these wondrous devices?

    I can benefit from this although when I suggested Blonskys’ device mentioned in your esteemed posts on July 2013 to my then-expecting sister I did get a very cold reply.

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