I made another batch of my super bread, a variation on the first batch, and ate it often with olive oil drizzled over it plus a sprinkling of dried basil and shredded Parmesan cheese. It continued to have the same good effects that I experienced earlier.
However, I think I kind of overdid it, maybe eating more olive oil than my body wanted. So, I've been off the olive oil experiment for about a week. But, I'm about to make more of the bread that seems to be a good vehicle for it, and I'm getting a desire for more of the oil too. I'll be more temperate in the amount of oil I eat this time, and report on the continuing experiment.
According to an article on the How Stuff Works web site:
"Research indicates that replacing other types of fats with monounsaturated fats, especially olive oil, helps people lose weight without additional food restriction or physical activity (although doing so would further increase weight-loss!). A number of studies showed that when people substituted MUFA-rich olive oil for saturated fat, they ate less food and either maintained their weight or lost weight. Several other studies indicate that monounsaturated fat enhances the body's breakdown of stored fat."
And, an item on Web MD states:
"...one study from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found
that a Mediterranean-style diet containing olive oil helped with weight
loss. In this study, one group limited fat intake to 20% of calories
and a second group followed a Mediterranean-style diet with about 35%
of calories from fats in olive oil, nuts, and other natural foods. Both
diets were very low-calorie (1,200 calories a day), and both groups
initially lost weight (11 pounds in six months). But after 18 months,
the Mediterranean-style group kept their weight off, while the low-fat
group had begun to regain the lost pounds. The Mediterranean-style
group reported it was easier to stick with the plan because they didn't
feel like they were dieting; they could sauté vegetables, use full-fat
salad dressing, and curb cravings between meals by snacking on nuts."
The Better Health Channel:
"Research has also found that olive oil may influence body fat distribution, with less fat stored around the stomach."