It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants -- craves, even -- healthier foods.
How? By following a healthy diet.
We know, that wasn't the quick fix to afternoon ice cream binges you were hoping for. But this research could lead to a more sci-fi solution to the obesity epidemic.
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In a pilot study published Monday in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, scientists say that changing your eating behavior can actually change how your brain reacts to high-calorie and low-calorie foods.
"We don't start out in life loving french fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta," senior author Susan Roberts, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Energy Metabolism Laboratory, said in a statement. "This conditioning happens over time in response to eating -- repeatedly -- what is out there in the toxic food environment."
So it makes sense that the opposite would also hold true.
Scientists divided 13 overweight and obese participants into two groups: a control group and an experimental group. At the beginning of the study, both groups underwent an fMRI to record their brain activity in response to photos of various foods.
The experimental group then participated in a behavioral intervention program, which included portion-controlled menus and support group sessions. The participants were asked to reduce their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories a day and to follow a high-fiber, high-protein diet to prevent hunger and cravings.
After six months, people in the experimental group had lost an average of 14 pounds, while the control group had lost about 5 pounds.
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