How is life so unfair? Skinny people look better AND they get to be smarter?It may sound hard to believe, but it just might be true.
There are new studies out there that claim that people who are significantly overweight suffer from a shocking result- they have trouble thinking. Their brains actually operate entirely differently from the brain of a skinny person.
The results are significant enough that doctors claim that obesity is bad for three reasons. It is not only bad for your health, it is also bad for your brain. The third shocking reason is that it could actually encourage the avoidance of understanding and recognizing bad eating habits. Which actually causes you to gain MORE weight! These overweight people can’t get a break, right? So is it your fat’s own fault that you are fat? Of course not.
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It started somewhere. For the vast majority of obese individuals, they got there on their own. Blaming the fat for bad decision making can maybe be done after years of suffering with obesity, but the food is what got you there in the first place. So you can’t simply blame your brain chemistry or the food for your obesity. You made the choice to put those sugary treats in your body, so don’t for a second think this is a good excuse for being overweight.
But there truly is some validity to this argument. Just this year at a medical conference here in the United States, doctors revealed that the specific food we eat, along with how much of them we put in our bodies, actually make our brains operate differently. People who ate a healthy diet and remained at a consistent, safe weight showed shocking comparisons to their counterparts who made bad food choices and ate too much of the bad foods.
The doctors tested several dozen adults with imaging to scan the brain and what actually occurs when we are eating. The tests were simple. While eating, the testers were asked to name the color of a word that was shown on a screen. The test varied in difficulty as the shades of each color were adjusted. But the results were solid. People who were severely overweight actually struggled to name the color of the word, while the skinny to normal sized respondent’s accurately named the color.
Based on simple, factual results and not their weight, these individuals were rated from highly competent to low functioning, and those who were obese primarily fell into the category of those who had problems making decisions. Researchers feel strongly that this difficulty in decision making could certainly perpetuate (again- perpetuate- not cause) the trend of overeating. Not knowing when to stop is a problem in the reaction center of the brain (which doesn’t only happen with food, but other additions as well), and quite possibly, those who are obese can’t process this information the same way as the rest of us.
Again though, take these results with a grain of salt. Blaming your obesity on the food instead of placing the blame on yourself isn’t accurate either. While the cycle may be playing a role in your obesity, so are your feelings, your addictions, and your habits. Sure, if you eat too much, your brain functioning goes down. Then, you may have trouble telling right from wrong or making good decisions. But the food doesn’t change who you are, it just may make things a little bit more difficult to say no to. Ultimately the choice is yours.
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So if you’ve decided to take control and that you’d like to stop this trend of overeating and poor decision making- where do you begin? Trying to stop eating a significant amount of calories overnight is not the answer. Many people decide, “This is it, I’m going to stop eating to lose weight”. Fasting or trying a crash diet only has the opposite effect. The brain activity in folks who tried this kind of ‘fix’ for their eating problems only wound up with worse problems, because this behavior causes them to want and crave the foods even more than before.
Instead, realize that crash diets do not work as long term solutions. Instead, it will require lifestyle change. Choose a slower regimen to lose weight, one in which you will gradually move towards eating less calories, eating better foods, and being smarter as well, all without shocking your body.
First, kick processed fatty foods out of your diet and your home all together. Most Americans have no idea how much fatty food they eat on a daily basis simply out of convenience. Replace these foods with real foods- fruits, vegetables, and meats. While it may take a lot of commitment, frustration, and patience, this is the only first step that there is to changing your diet and getting your brain back to functioning normally.
When the cravings kick in, remember your goal, to lose weight, to be healthy, to look better, and to be smarter! Now we have just one more reason to get our eating under control now for good. Don’t waste another day feeling bad about yourself and walking around with a fuzzy feeling in your head!
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