Here’s why you ‘can’t eat just one’
Ever feel like you’re practically addicted to junk food?
Some people just can’t control the urge – and marketers know it. They even throw it in your face.
It’s like that old potato chip slogan: “Bet you can’t eat just one.”
Don’t take that bet. You CAN’T eat just one – and new research shows why: Your brain won’t LET you!
You know that carbs aren’t very good. And you know that many fats (especially saturated fats) are just as bad.
You KNOW that… yet when your brain sees treats high in both carbs and fats, it acts like one of Pavlov’s dogs when that dinner bell clangs.
In this case, researchers didn’t use bells (or dogs, for that matter).
Instead, they put volunteers into an MRI that gave the researchers a real-time glimpse into the brain as the folks were shown images of different types of junk food.
Some were all carbs, while some were mostly fat, and others had high levels of both.
It was that last category in particular that caused the brain scans to light up like Christmas trees.
When participants were shown images of doughnuts and other desserts, as well as French fries, and – of course – those “can’t eat just one” potato chips, the reward centers of their brains went into overdrive.
That’s the same region that activates in response to addictive substances.
These folks didn’t even get the foods, mind you. They were just shown pictures of them.
When asked, they said that of course they wanted them. They REALLY wanted them. They even said they’d pay – and pay EXTRA – to get them right there during the experiment.
If that reminds you of anything, that’s because it’s classic addict behavior.
But in this case, they’re not addicted to drugs, tobacco, or booze.
They’re addicted to food, or they’re at least showing the capacity for food addiction.
There are other names for this process, too. Hedonic hyperphagia, for example, refers to eating for pleasure instead of hunger and OVER-eating purely for pleasure.
Like any addiction, the best solution is to go cold turkey.
Don’t be tempted. Don’t think you can “eat just one.” Don’t even think you can pig out “just this once” and then get back to healthy habits.
You’ll end up right back at square one.
Make a commitment. Invite your family to join you. And never be afraid to turn to God for the extra strength you need to overcome your struggles with food.