To protect from overeating, scientists recommend to eat often

Prefer to eat more small frequent meals people are less drawn to high-calorie snacks compared to those who chose the traditional three meals a day. These are the results of a study in which researchers used a brain scan.


Tactics of power, which means 5-6 meals small meals instead of three main, is more effective in the fight against high-calorie and unhealthy snacks. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the brain scans of volunteers in order to better understand why people is so excited when she sees certain foods on a tray in the restaurant, and why so disappointed due to the fact that they get to someone else. A new study shows that the mere obtaining of food alone is sufficient to turn off the hunger neurons in the brain, and the same shutdown occurs in the moment when we eat. As soon as the brain realizes that these dishes have no one take away that feeling of pleasure from their possession disappears.

The study demonstrated that more frequent meals throughout the day a beneficial effect on the brain that he has ceased to respond to the images and the smells are not too healthful foods, thereby inhibiting the activity of neurons of hunger. Overall, this leads to the fact that people eat less and protect yourself from obesity. Thus, scientists have proved that there are differences between the biological effect of simple sight and smell of food and its actual use in the reduction of the activity of neurons of hunger.

The hypothalamus in the brain controls the feeling of hunger, that there are neurons expressing audiogone proteins (AgRP). Earlier the same team of scientists conducted a study on laboratory mice, which showed that these highly active neurons in a state of hunger. But their activity is reduced or even suppressed when the animals just sense food by smell, and when you eat it.

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