Have you found that you don't remember quite as well as you used to?
You're not alone... but if you've packed on the pounds over the years, the cause of your memory loss might not be in your brain.
It could actually be in your belly.
A new study finds that weight loss can lead to significant and even dramatic improvements in memory, proving once again that the same junk foods that cause bellies to swell can actually starve the mind.
Researchers tested the memory and attention spans of 150 overweight people with an average weight of 300 pounds, including 109 who were scheduled for bariatric surgery.
The remaining 41 served as a control group.
At the start of the study, the researchers found that 23.9 percent of all patients had impaired learning and 22.9 percent had poor recognition memory--or the ability to recognize things learned or encountered before.
Then, the researchers repeated the tests 12 weeks after gastric bypass surgery, which helped those patients lose an average of 50 pounds, and found significant improvements in both memory and concentration.
Those who didn't have the surgery, on the other hand, did not improve at all.
The researchers say they believe the surgery alone probably wasn't the reason for the improvement--just the loss of weight. They say other overweight people might see these same changes if they'd just drop between 20 and 25 pounds, even without surgery.
And if you've packed on the pounds over the years, take that advice now-- because the memory problems linked to big bellies can lead to more severe problems down the road.
A 2009 study found that women with the biggest waistlines had double the dementia risk of those with normal middles. And a study the year before found that men and women with the highest levels of abdominal fat had up to three times the risk of developing dementia as those with the lowest levels. (Click here to read more.)
That's in addition to the other risks of obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression sleep apnea, an early death and more.
Don't wait for the damage to be permanent--if you're overweight, get started today... before you forget everything you just read.