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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1962. Department of Home Economics.


Copyright 1962, the author. Used by permission.


It has been shown that a weight-reducing diet may interfere with the absorption and utilization of nitrogen and minerals. The metabolism of nitrogen and minerals are important to any age group but it is especially significant in college-age women. An opportunity was provided to study nitrogen and mineral metabolism during weight loss in college-age women living in a cooperative dormitory at the University of Nebraska.

The nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium metabolism was studied during the time they consumed a low-caloric, high-protein diet.

Metabolism studies were made for seven consecutive days for each of three periods. All subjects received an average of 1033 calories and 78.9 gm protein during the first metabolic period. During the second metabolism period they were given 1132 calories and 83.0 gm protein. In the third metabolism period, the subjects were divided into three different groups; Group I received 940 calories and 77.7 gm protein, Group II received 1026 calories and 83.6 gm protein. In the same period subject N received 1236 calories and 87.5 gm protein for maintenance of her weight.

Advisor: Peggy C. Fry