Tuesday, March 27, 2012

{Food For Thought Tuesdays: Overeating}

\Most people that are trying to lose weight have a big problem to overcome, and it's the reason why we are in the position of having to lose weight - overeating. I have certain trigger foods {french fries, nachos, and potato chips}that I simply can chow down on for hours - my brain doesn't cut off and tell me to stop until I'm to the point that I'm stuffed and uncomfortable.
I did some research to why we can't just stop at one and I learned that we have what food-industry insiders call a “bliss point,” a nirvana of the taste buds triggered by particular amounts of salt, sugar, and fat. Menu scientists {yes, that’s a job!} at popular restaurant chains and packaged-food corporations use their knowledge of the "bliss point" to manipulate your appetite, adding salt, sugar, and fat to their products in combinations that are designed to create hedonism on a plate—a taste experience so intense that it kicks the brain’s pleasure system into overdrive. It’s like a drug. And like any drug, it leads you to obsess about that moment of pleasure so much that you’ll do almost anything to prolong or relive it. The result: a bigger bottom line for them—and a bigger waistline for you.

This leads to the solution that I limit my eating out because I want to know what I'm eating, and most importantly control the portions that I allow on my plate and into my body. I save my "bliss point" for one day a week as I feel I can have it all - just not all at once....moderation is key!

What are the trigger foods that lead you to overeating?

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