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Successful Dieters Brain Patterns
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that people who have successfully lost weight will activate certain parts of their brains when confronted with images of food.
While preliminary, the findings indicate that those who shed pounds -- and keep them off -- tap into regions of the brain related to control over urges.
"It may be that they actually recruit new brain regions to help with their weight loss," said study author Jeanne McCaffery, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School, in Providence, R.I.
McCaffery and her colleagues wanted to understand how people react to "food cues" -- in this case, photos of food. "People make decisions about whether or not they're going to eat food, and that decision-making usually comes when they first smell or see the food," she said.
The researchers recruited several groups of participants: 18 people of normal weight, 16 fat people and 17 people who had successfully shed weight -- at least 30 pounds from their maximum weight -- and kept it off for at least three years.
The participants underwent brain scans as they looked at pictures of high-calorie and low-calorie foods. The MRI scans revealed that those who had successfully lost weight showed more activity in the parts of the brain that are associated with inhibition and in dealing with complex tasks, McCaffery said.
Those of normal weight didn't show this pattern. This may be because "they've been of normal weight all of their lifetime. The successful weight losers have to put in more effort to avoid eating foods or to control their response to food."
The findings appear in the October issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Ian McDonald, a professor of metabolic physiology who wrote a commentary accompanying the study, said questions remain.
For one, did the people who lost weight begin to have this brain response when they started shedding pounds or later? "Similarly, are the obese different from the non-obese because of an intrinsic difference or as a result of the inappropriate eating which has led to their obesity?" asked McDonald, a researcher at the University of Nottingham Medical School in England.
In other words, does inappropriate eating by heavy people lead to differences in the way their brains work when they look at food?
Also, McDonald said, future research needs to figure out what the differences in brain activity mean for the choices people make. "Similar measurements need to be made before, during and after weight loss," he noted.
For now, McCaffery said the researchers would like to understand better how the brain works in people who have lost weight successfully.
In the future, she said, it's possible that "we'll be able to teach other people how to do that."
Learn more about obesity from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection.
Author: By Randy Dotinga
SOURCES: Jeanne McCaffery, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychiatry and human behavior, Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, R.I.; Ian McDonald, researcher, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Nottingham Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom; October 2009, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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Successful Diet plans
A study shows that women spend a decade of their life being on diet, however, a quarter of all women lose nothing at all. We are constantly on diet. But how many of us actually succeed the diet. For most women, including myself, everytime we begin our diet, we are so motivated and determined that it will succeed this time. We go to the gym and fill our fridges with fruits, vegetables and all the low fat food. But how many of us could last until we reach our goals or some might even gain more.
Determined to make changes to myself, I read a lot of articles on how to have a successful diet plan and to share it with u guys, I summarise all of them into a few points which I think will really help.
First of all, choose a weight loss program that is appropriate and suitable to us.
There are lots and lots of weight loss program out there. Low fat diet, low GI diet, atkins, southbeach diet, just name it. All with promises that their programs will work and I do believe they all will. We just have to find one that could fit our daily routines or our lifestyles and one that we could enjoy while doing it. For example, if you can’t live without bread, rice or carbs, don’t choose a low carb high protein diet, as you know it wouldn’t last long for you.
Tomorrow never dies
After you find the right plan for you, start straight away and don’t make it as an excuse to eat more before you start. In my case, there’s always tomorrow . I’ll say to myself “I’ll start my diet Tomorrow !!” and since Tomorrow I can’t have my chocolates anymore, I’ll indulge myself in all sort of chocolates and ice creams and snacks even when I’m still full. But tomorrow never dies and there’s always gonna be another “Tomorrow ” and that’s when we put on more weight. Therefore, try not to compromise, start the diet as soon as you can, be confidence and believe in yourself.
It doesn’t mean fail when we cheat
There’s always a time when we cheat during our diet plan. But it doesn’t mean that we are already fail and for some people, they will think that all diets are useless and eat even more. When we are eating out or going to a party, try to eat food that can accommodate with our diet plans but if we can’t and we have to cheat then it’s also find. But don’t eat the whole lot of it. Cheat a little bit and continue with your diet again the next day
Don’t forget to be active
to lose weight more effectively, we have to exercise. I know for some people, this could be a turn off, but in order to maintain a healthy weight, exercise is necessary. Be more active in our daily routines is also another way of exercising. We could also join the gym but don’t go too extreme too early. In the beginning of diet, people tend to overwork themselves in their exercise and this will make them get tired easily. Get tired of exercising and get tired by losing their energy. Another good option is try to have fun while being active. For example, join dancing classes, play some sports or even window shopping.
Don’t weight yourself too often
Try not to weight yourself everyday. At least once a week. We always feel anxious when we weight ourself and of course, after we work so hard to stay on diet, daily weigh-ins are tempting. But we could easily get discouraged if no weight loss is recorded and after a week, it is more possible to see a result. Another reason is our weight on the scale can go up and down daily due to fluctuations of water in our body, so we can’t really based it as the result of our diet.
Make a weight loss diary
Research shows that dieters that write down everything that they eat, lose down twice as much weights as those people who don’t. Make your own weight loss diary. Write down your progress every day and even your temptations and your guilts. This will keep track of your diet plan, make you more focus and more food concious.
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