Why was this study done?

Blood sugar control is thought to play an important role in weight management. Chromium is an important factor in normal insulin (one of the hormone responsible for blood sugar control) function. This study was designed to determine the effects of supplementing with chromium picolinate on weight control.

What did the study find?

Supplementing with chromium picolinate in a group of obese women resulted in significant weight gain, but when women were supplemented with chromium picolinate and engaged in exercise, the results were significant weight loss as well as a lower insulin response.

Chromium and exercise training: effect on obese women
Authors: Grant KE, Chandler RM, Castle AL, Ivy JL. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1997 Aug;29(8):992-8.
PubMed Citation PMID: 9268955.
PDF Manuscript: Med Sci Sports Exerc, 1997.