Friday, 1 May 2009

Unhealthy Food and Brain Signals

According to an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 1 May 2009, researchers have now discovered that different parts of the brain become active when people are tempted by unhealthy food.

The article highlights an 'angel' part of the brain which it seems is strong in people who have good self control and less strong - according to the article - in those whose self control is not so good.

On the other hand it seems that there is another part of the brain, the 'devil' part of the brain, which is active when you feel that temptation to eat unhealthy but enticing food.

You can see the article online at the link below:

Angel and Devil Brain Signals for Food

The technical name for the angel part of the brain if you're interested in that kind of thing is "the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex" (DLPFC).

The practical question remains however - what can you or I do to increase the chances of our angel part of the brain being activated and helping us to control our eating habits?

The scientists are still working on that one, so until they find the answer, it may be best to stick to common sense practical strategies to increase your chances of eating healthily, such as:

1. Remove opportuntities for eating tempting but unhealthy food - if it's not there you can't eat it.

2. Identify in advance situations where you might be tempted to eat unhealthily or to excess and prepare a plan for how you are going to deal with those situations.

3. Think back to occasions when you successfully resisted temptation and if possible repeat the strategies that worked for you then.

Blog Post Written by Life Coach David
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