We cannot live on pizzas, burgers, and fries alone. Unfortunately, our preference for greasy comfort food is a product of years of extreme conditioning, which makes breaking the junk food habit harder to do. TBH, we can choose to go on a healthy diet today, but we're also likely to jump back to our cheat meals before the week is over.
While this seems like bad news, there is hope for us yet. According to a new study featured on TIME.com, we can become healthy eaters if we train our brains to like our leafy vegetables. Researchers scanned the brains of 13 participants and assigned eight of them to a weight loss program designed to change their eating habits. They were instructed to take 25 percent of their energy from protein and fat and 50 percent from low-glycemic carbohydrates.
A brain scan of the same participants six months later showed that the part of their brain associated with addiction became more sensitive toward healthy food and less sensitive toward unhealthy meals.
While this is a relatively small study, it does a good enough job of making us think. Perhaps it’s not about keeping unhealthy food out as much as it is about learning to embrace the good stuff!
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