"Is your brain making you fat? Blame your mind not your body for weight gain, says scientist"
by ArianeFerguson on September 5, 2016 - 8:25pm
« Is your brain making you fat? Blame your mind not your body for weight gain, says scientist” an article by Sandra Aamodt
Summary by Ariane Ferguson
In this article, Sandra Aamodt explains how our brains might be responsible for our weight gain and how dieting mostly results in even bigger weight gains and binge eating.
Firstly, Aamodt describes her experience with dieting and binge eating until she set herself the New Years resolution to stop restraining herself and to exercise every day. She then realized that this weight loss method was in fact much more effective, she even points out that 41% of dieters actually gain back more weight than they’d lost after 5 years. The reason for this weight gain would indeed be the brain taking charge to fight against a potential starvation.
Secondly, Aamodt elucidates how every brain is different and therefore has a different set body weight range which is determined by genetics and life experience. She then explains how many many external factors can influence our body weight range, for example, like the food industry which in order to maximise the income manipulate our brain’s energy-balance system which causes us to eat more than we would want or need. Therefore, we modify our brain’s intuitions and our perception of hunger and fullness.
Thirdly, she illustrates how intuitive eating is a successful weight loss method simply by eating according to your body’s signals like hunger and fullness in contrary to constantly restraining ourselves to a certain amount of calories per day. She even points out that the brain naturally knows how to balance our calorie income and outcome sometimes by increasing or decreasing the signals of hunger. Therefore, she insists on trusting our brain and body’s intuitions since they are programmed to keep us healthy.
In conclusion, Sandra Aamodt demonstrated how our brain can often be responsible for weight gain and binge eating when dieting since it takes charge of fighting a potential starvation, we all have a body weight range that can be influenced by external factors and how we can easily lose the extra weight by simply trusting our body’s intuitions.
Premise 1: After about 5 years, 41% of dieters gain back more weight than they’d initially lost because of our brain’s fight against imminent starvation.
Premise 2: Every body has a different set body weight range that can be alterated by external factors like our food industry which has a direct impact on our hunger.
Premise 3: The only successful weight loss method is through exercise and intuitive eating which simply consists of being aware of our body’s signals.
Conclusion: Therefore, our brain is responsible for weight gains and binge eating while dieting.
Here is the link to the full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3773670/Is-brain-making-FAT-Bl...
I personnally believe this article was very convincing based on the many scientific and health facts and on the few statistics shown. The article was very clear and descriptive and the many premises had a strong link with the conclusion.