• Obesity is one of the most serious and complex public health challenges our society has faced. Past research has shown tremendous inter-individual variability in weight loss in response to physical activity and dietary interventions, which is driven by a complex set of biological, behavioral, environmental, and psychosocial influences on adherence and energy balance. My education and training in exercise nutrition, and translational science have fostered a strong desire to understand this complexity and contribute to the development and implementation of evidence-based and tailored strategies to reduce obesity.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Secondary analysis of a university-based weight loss program in on-campus versus off-campus employees 2022
    2022 Social influences on physical activity for establishing criteria leading to exercise persistencePLoS One.  17. 2022
    2022 Technical report: an online international weight control registry to inform precision approaches to healthy weight managementInternational Journal of Obesity.  46:1728-1733. 2022
    2022 The Data Behind Popular Diets for Weight LossMedical Clinics of North America.  106:739-766. 2022
    2022 Do outcomes from a behavioral weight loss intervention differ in Alabama versus Colorado? 2022
    2022 Impact of the built, social, and food environment on long-term weight loss within a behavioral weight loss intervention 2022
    2019 Increasing energy flux to maintain diet-induced weight lossNutrients.  11. 2019
    2019 Personalized nutrition: pretreatment glucose metabolism determines individual long-term weight loss responsiveness in individuals with obesity on low-carbohydrate versus low-fat dietInternational Journal of Obesity.  43:2037-2044. 2019
    2019 Evolutionary considerations on social status, eating behavior, and obesityAppetite.  132:238-248. 2019
    2018 Short-term effects of healthy eating pattern cycling on cardiovascular disease risk factors: Pooled results from two randomized controlled trialsNutrients.  10. 2018
    2018 Effects of consuming a high-protein diet with or without soy protein during weight loss and maintenance: a non-inferiority, randomized clinical efficacy trial 2018
    2018 Effects of a high-protein diet including whole eggs on muscle composition and indices of cardiometabolic health and systemic inflammation in older adults with overweight or obesity: A randomized controlled trialNutrients.  10. 2018
    2018 Hunger, food cravings, and diet satisfaction are related to changes in body weight during a 6-month behavioral weight loss intervention: The beef WISE studyNutrients.  10. 2018
    2017 Equivalent reductions in body weight during the Beef WISE Study: beef's role in weight improvement, satisfaction and energy 2017
    2017 Consuming almonds vs. Isoenergetic baked food does not differentially influence postprandial appetite or neural reward responses to visual food stimuliNutrients.  9. 2017
    2017 Effects of Higher Dietary Protein and Fiber Intakes at Breakfast on Postprandial Glucose, Insulin, and 24-h Interstitial Glucose in Overweight Adults.Nutrients.  9. 2017
    2016 Reproducibility assessment of brain responses to visual food stimuli in adults with overweight and obesityObesity.  24:2057-2063. 2016
    2015 Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet retains effectiveness to reduce blood pressure when lean pork is substituted for chicken and fish as the predominant source of proteinAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  102:302-308. 2015
    2015 Effects of dietary protein and fiber at breakfast on appetite, ad Libitum energy intake at lunch, and neural responses to visual food stimuli in overweight adultsNutrients.  8. 2015


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    2018 Exercise in the Treatment of Obesity.  1-26. 2018

    Research Overview

  • My past research has centered on the effects of the quantity and quality of dietary protein on energy balance, obesity, and cardiometabolic health. My predoctoral research was focused primarily on studying the role of dietary protein on appetite, energy balance, and neural reward responses to visual food stimuli. I also have experience with conducting randomized clinical trials to investigate the impact of dietary protein on cardiometabolic health and weight loss in adults with obesity and type 2 diabetes. My current research at UAB is focused on studying the factors that contribute to the variability in behavioral weight loss interventions and conducting clinical trials that include adaptive interventions (e.g., Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials or SMARTs) to develop, rigorously evaluate, and implement effective interventions to treat obesity.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition Sciences, Purdue University 2015
  • Full Name

  • Drew Sayer