Santa Barbara, CA, June 09, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Overweight people may often say they would genuinely like to stop eating chips, ice cream and Ding Dongs, but they feel powerless to stop their binges. A recent study suggests an explanation as to why it's nearly impossible to stop "jonesing for junk food" once getting accustomed to such eating habits.
"When lab rats were fed junk food, they ballooned in size, and eating became such a compulsion that they kept chowing down even when they knew they would receive an unpleasant electric shock if they did so," said Doug Ingoldsby, nutrition expert and manufacturer of All One Supplements. www.all-one.com
In comparison, Ingoldsby said that rats fed with a well-balanced diet didn't gain much weight and knew enough to stop eating when they received a warning that an electric shock was coming.
Ingoldsby also added that an even more startling finding occurred when researchers took away the junk food from the obese rats, replaced it with healthier options and observed the obese rats go on a two-week hunger strike.
So what might this say about human behavior?
"The suggestion is that a diet heavy in highly rewarding foods -- quite literally, sausages, cheesecake and other highly processed foods -- might cause changes in the brain's reward system for satiety," Ingoldsby said. "When that occurs, people may ultimately gain weight and experience a need to seek out more and more junk food for their brains to finally signal that they've had enough."
An earlier study by the same researchers suggested that weaning rats off a high-calorie diet might lead to similar effects in the brain as withdrawing from drugs and alcohol.
"It's hard, but not impossible, to break the addiction to high-fat and high-sugar foods," Ingoldsby said.
For those looking for a way to jump off the junk food treadmill, Ingoldsby suggested the following tips:
Start feeding your brain. Brain health requires fatty acids like those found in flax seeds and grass-fed animals.
Consume high-quality proteins and fats to stabilize blood sugar levels.
Add good vitamin and mineral supplements to your diet. Your body can rebuild years of neglect only if it has sufficient quantities of all essential nutrients, including amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Ingoldsby recommended powdered multi-nutrient supplements, such as All One, because the vitamin dosage can be easily increased if needed.
Include plenty of fresh green vegetables and fruits in your daily diet.
Eat whole food, not refined food. Eat fresh food, not frozen. Whenever possible, choose raw food as opposed to cooked food. Also seek out organically produced food where available.
About Doug Ingoldsby (www.all-one.com)
Doug Ingoldsby is the founder of ALL ONE® Supplements, manufacturer of the world's first high potency multiple vitamin/mineral/protein powder, All One. The Ingoldsby family has been in the vitamin business since 1936. Ingoldsby's father, James, was responsible for creating the first high potency vitamin C tablet, and he also worked with nutritionist Adelle Davis to create the first stress formula, many of the first multiple vitamin and mineral combinations and the first nutrition candy bar, Tiger's Milk.