Junk Food Sends Brain Signals That Say “Eat More!”

September 15, 2009

Texas (ChattahBox) – According to a new study by the UT Southwestern Medical Centre in Dallas, Texas, that hamburger may be doing more than duplicating fat cells…it may be trying to duplicate the number you eat in a sitting.

Researchers have been able to isolate signals given to the brain by foods high in fat that actually tell it to keep eating, making it harder to feel full, and effecting the brain’s ability to decipher when the body has had enough.

“Normally, our body is primed to say when we have had enough, but that does not always happen when we are eating something good,” author Dr Deborah Clegg explained to The Telegraph.

“What we have shown is that someone’s entire brain chemistry can change in a very short period of time. Our findings suggest that when you eat something high in fat, your brain gets ‘hit’ with the fatty acids, and you become resistant to insulin and leptin. Since you are not being told by the brain to stop eating, you overeat.”

It also may show why when someone is overweight they more commonly feel hungry then someone who is thin. Leptin is a natural appetite suppressant, while insulin regulates blood sugar.

Beef, butter, cheese and milk have so far been found to be the biggest fatty foods to cause issues, which shoes the problems that can occur with a multitude of fast junk foods.

The study has been published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.



2 Responses to “Junk Food Sends Brain Signals That Say “Eat More!””

  1. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Elhashemy on September 16th, 2009 4:54 am

    Only HYPOPHAGIC BRAIN Can Resist Over Eating Ice-Cream

    A recent Research from UT Southwestern Medical Center, led by Dr. Deborah Clegg, showed that palmitic acid (a type of saturated fatty acid) usually found in junk food and ice-cream tells the brain that we need to keep eating. This fat makes us hungrier because it sends signals to the brain to keep eating, and making it harder to feel full.

    The Researchers postulated the cause may be due to change in brain chemistry in a very short period of time, as the brain gets ‘hit’ with these saturated fatty acids (especially the palmitic acid), so it becomes resistant to insulin and leptin.

    Only hypophagic primed brain can feel very early satiety that allows it to easily say that it had enough food, and this is the main advantage of my latest scientific diet plan: Elhashemy’s Hypophagic Lifestyle “EHL”, which leads to permanent changes in people’s lifestyle.

    According to my clinical observations, “EHL” success is derived from the following factors:

    1. The more you are free to eat temptation foods, the longer you will keep on your diet plan, because this potentiates the nucleus accumbens responsible for the reward sensation.

    2. The more you boost Elhashemy´s Stomach Satiety Spot “ESSS”, the faster you will feel satiety, thus the more you will tend to eat low-volume meals (Luqaimat).

    3. The more frequent you are trained on micro-meals “Luqaimat”, the more your brain neuroplasticity becomes acquainted to such small volumes.

    I believe that “EHL” will represent for many obese people the release valve starting year 2010, as they will eat any junk food they like in minute volumes (Luqaimat size), and will not feel hungry after such small-volume meals. This is due to the fact that they will be trained to become hypophagic for long (i.e. they feel less appetite and less hunger than normal individuals).

    I agree with the general conclusion of the research performed by Dr. Deborah Clegg. However, I believe that there is an exception in which the brain can resist over eating triggered by eating junk food and ice-cream, that is when the obese person reaches the hypophagic state.

  2. Todd29 on January 19th, 2010 8:49 am

    The more you eat the hungrier you feel, so before each meal or snack, drink a large glass of water. For anyone who is overweight, losing a few pounds is a time to celebrate. The only way to lose weight is to take responsibility for yourself! Our health is our most important asset. For many people, being overweight is associated with being uncomfortable in their own skin. To assist with weight control; keep a daily food journal and every time the urge to snack is felt, first drink a large glass of clear water. This simple act will help you to eat less. Water will soon become one of your best friends. The major reason so many people in America are overweight is because we eat too much for comfort! It does not hurt to treat ourselves with something special once in a while, what is necessary is that we limit our portions and do not overeat! It is also necessary to keep our body properly hydrated, so drink a full glass of water with each meal or snack. Being overweight ******, but after reading a book, I lost 85 pounds! Words can not express how good I feel! This is a comment which I recently received about the book Lose Weight Using Four Easy Steps

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