Just because you do something good doesn’t mean you can do something bad and get away with it. Unfortunately, many people think they can. Wen-Bin Chiou, psychology professor at Taiwan’s National Sun Yat-Sen University and author of a new study in Appetite, says this is called the “licensing effect.”
(The licensing effect) is a psychological phenomenon that allows people to rationalize a bad behavior as long as they do something good first, according to Men’s Health.
Some individuals that are trying to lose weight act this way. They take a diet supplement and then skip out on exercise or eat something unhealthy thinking that the consequences will be nonexistent.
In the Appetite study, 74 people took a placebo pill. Half of those people were told that they were taking a weight-loss supplement… and ate more candy than the other group.
Want to hear even worse news? Some weight-loss supplements may not be helping you at all. Many supplements are covered in flashy packaging and advertised relentlessly in fitness magazines but aren’t necessarily healthy. In fact, they may be unhealthy as they contain chemicals such as dyes to make them look or taste good.
America’s favorite cookie is the Oreo; it is irresistible… when you eat one you feel like you must eat another.
I am not exaggerating about the Oreo craving. The more you eat, the more you want. It is a difficult cycle to break, kind of like a cocaine addiction.
A study out of Connecticut College says our addiction to sugary foods such as the Oreo is quite similar to that of the hard drug because of the way our brains react to both things.
“Our research supports the theory that high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do,” neuroscience professor Joseph Schroeder explained in a statement. “It may explain why some people can’t resist these foods despite the fact that they know they are bad for them.”
Schroeder, along with a group of students, created a maze that allowed lab rats to choose to where they wanted to be: with an Oreo or with rice cakes. The results were then compared with a similar study in which rats were injected with either morphine or saline. The researchers discovered that the rats reacted to Oreos in a similar way to the hard drugs, according to U.S. News.
The researchers also noted that rats experienced more pleasure when eating cookies than when cocaine or morphine were in their systems.
So, the secret is out. Oreos are highly addictive and you are not alone. I may grab some later today… and by some I really mean 20 or so.
Fast-food giant McDonald’s, known for its meals consisting of burgers, fries and soda, announced last week its plans to offer healthier choices by early next year. The announcement was made Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative. The food chain is working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in an effort to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits.
Side salads are hitting the menu in early 2014, followed by a Happy Meal drink options list that only includes juice, milk or water before 2017, according to Bloomberg.
It looks like Dunkin Donuts’ doughnut breakfast sandwich now has competition. Taco Bell would like to introduce the Waffle Taco.
The fast food company is planning to make its new breakfast menu national sometime in 2013, and the Waffle Taco is expected to be one of the most popular items. The breakfast taco features scrambled eggs, sausage, and a side of syrup… all ready to nestle inside a folded waffle.
I must admit that the taco looks delicious! Yes, it is in the Sitch News “Healthy Eating” category, but no, it is not healthy. According to FirstWeFeast, the taco has 460 calories and 30 grams of fat.
If the taco sells well at its expanded test locations, the entire country will soon be able to order it at their local Taco Bell restaurants.
An appeals court ruled Tuesday that New York City’s Board of Health is out of line trying to limit soda sizes served in local restaurants. The proposed “soda ban” was considered unconstitutional and will not be enforced for the foreseeable future. A lower court came to the same determination earlier in the year.
The new law would have prevented restaurants and other food places from selling soft drinks larger than 16 ounces. Many opposed the ban, including the beverage industry, which claimed the law was unfair and wouldn’t do what it was created to accomplish.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to continue fighting for the ban.
Personally, I believe that while soft drinks are unhealthy, American citizens throughout the country should have the right to make their own decisions regarding their health. Mayor Bloomberg certainly could encourage healthy behavior, but to infringe on individuals’ freedom to make poor decisions through force is wrong. What would be banned next, and where would lines be drawn? With that aside, the ban wouldn’t prevent health problems anyway because people could just purchase a higher amount of drinks to make up for the smaller sizes.
Do you overeat when you’re feeling good or when you’re feeling down? New research out of the Netherlands says you consume more calories during good times.
During the study, individuals consumed about 100 calories more of a milkshake when watching a happy movie compared to a sad one. Also, people who were considered “emotional eaters” took in nearly double the amount of calories when happy or excited than when sad or disappointed.
While it’s been a common belief that people eat more when feeling down, study author Peggy Bongers isn’t surprised by the findings at all.
“When we have something to celebrate, food is often involved. This learned association between good times and eating may cause people to overeat,” Bongers explains.
Men’s Health suggests preparing small portions of food before engaging in some type of activity you enjoy to prevent overeating.
You may have heard… diet drinks are not so good for you. A new study says beverages made with artificial sweeteners may throw off your metabolism in such a way that leads to type 2 diabetes.
A report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism says that artificial sweeteners influence people’s brains and bodies to react abnormally to sweet tastes.
Lead author Susan Swithers, of the department of psychological sciences and ingestive behavior research center at Purdue University, explains to Fox News how this happens.
“When the body responds normally to sugar, it signals that an intake of both calories and sugar has occurred so the body can release the hormones needed to prepare,” Swithers said. “(This) prevents big spikes in blood sugar, and those same hormones are thought to have direct effects on satiety.”
“What happens when you have a sweetener is you get that sweet taste – but calories and sugar don’t show up,” Swithers said. “Your body says, ‘Wait, this isn’t what I was expecting to happen,’ and over time you may not produce those same anticipatory responses.”
This may drive people to overeat and spike blood sugar levels. Think twice before you grab that diet beverage.
We’ve all heard a million times by now that breakfast gives you more energy and helps prevent overeating throughout the day, but if that’s not enough to encourage you to eat it, maybe the information below will.
Skipping breakfast is not only unhealthy, but dangerous. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, missing the day’s first meal even once per week increases your risk of type 2 diabetes by 20 percent. That’s no joke, and if you’re one of those people shrugging off the day’s most important meal, you should start making it a priority before it’s too late.
Thousands of women participated in the study, and over the course of six years, it became quite clear to Harvard University School of Public Health researchers that skipping breakfast significantly increased participants’ risk for type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting results to account for other life factors.
Your insulin level is good during bedtime, according to lead study author Rania Mekary, Ph.D. The problem comes when you miss your first meal and that eat a large one a few hours later. This causes your insulin level to spike up and down. The occurrence of these spikes over a long period of time typically lead to your body building an insulin resistance, which can cause type 2 diabetes.
To prevent this from happening, try eating within one to two hours of waking up, and make sure you’re eating a full meal during that time.