Are you on diet for weight loss?
Our society especially the different kinds of media teach people that being fat is not healthy. Thus, reducing weight is necessary. As a result, thousands of health products are flooding the internet as well as on the traditional media.
Most of the commercials out there impose diet as an effective method for reducing weight. As a result, people buy the so-called dietary supplements. Unfortunately, the common belief that diet will result in better health is faulty.
In fact, a recent study found that food deprivation can only result to gain weight in the future. In other words, a diet or self-induced food suppression is not an effective way of achieving a healthy life.
The neuroscience of diet for weight loss
Technically, it is not self-induced food suppression that can make you healthy. The reason behind is that food deprivation can only result in more food intake. In her article published in The New York Times, Sandra Aamodt a neuroscientist said that;
“Repeated food deprivation changes dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain that govern how animals respond to rewards, which increases their motivation to seek out and eat food. This may explain why the animals binge, especially as these brain changes can last long after the diet is over.”
In addition, according to Sandra Aamodt, food suppression is stressful. Thus, stress hormones will be released. These hormones will generate more fats in the abdomen.
“Calorie restriction produces stress hormones, which act on fat cells to increase the amount of abdominal fat. Such fat is associated with medical problems like diabetes and heart disease, regardless of overall weight.”
In other words, food restriction can only help gain more weight. The belief that diet is a solution to a fatty body is faulty. This misconception is rooted in inconclusive health research. “Part of the problem is that no one knows how to get more than a small fraction of people to sustain weight loss for years. The few studies that overcame that hurdle are not encouraging” – Aamodt added.
If food deprivation (diet) does not really work, what is the alternative? On the same article, Dr. Sandra Aamodt suggests mindful eating. In this process, you eat when you’re hungry and stop when you are full. Meaning, you can achieve a healthy lifestyle by eating without food restriction.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.