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Brain 'can be trained to prefer healthy food'

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The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, using a diet which does not leave people hungry, suggests a study from the US.

Scientists from Tufts University say food addictions can be changed in this way even if they are well-established.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...health-28982126

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Very interesting... My brain certainly need to be trained!... :P

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I want to read more on this... do a little study. I need to rewire my brain.

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I am living proof of this! :w00t: I have been on a high fibre, high protein, sugar-free, dairy-free diet for 4 months. I have 1,500 calories per day which is enough to stop me feeling hungry but also made me shed a stone :clap:

A couple of weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a week's holiday from my diet. I ordered in all the foods I had been avoiding and loved to eat in the past. Just 24hrs into the 'holiday' I felt awful! I realised I was forcing myself to eat food that I no longer liked! When I see pictures of junk/sugary foods now, I actually feel repulsed by them.

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This is no surprise to anyone who has changed their diet before. I went for a healthy push a few years ago and yo my suprise after a while I simply ended up liking healthier food better

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This is so true. I'm going to get me some Greek yogurt with fresh raspberries for snack...much nicer than junk food!

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My problem with not eating healthier is that I know I need more veggies and I don't really enjoy the thought of a lot of vegetables most people like. Normal people anway....

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My problem with not eating healthier is that I know I need more veggies and I don't really enjoy the thought of a lot of vegetables most people like. Normal people anway....

Just eat the ones you do like. A lot of just one or two veggies would be better than nothing. Once you get used to eating a greater volume of them you might find you actually want to try some others :) . I actually eat a lot of tinned ones which isn't nearly as good as fresh(obviousy!), but is better than nothing.

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I could never imagine myself eating only fruits and vegetables. I do like them, but high-calorie foods are always a temptation, that i'll never give up enjoying! :whistle:

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I could never imagine myself eating only fruits and vegetables. I do like them, but high-calorie foods are always a temptation, that i'll never give up enjoying! :whistle:

Well if you are lucky enough not to put on weight, go for it! I know I would.

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I'll be all set if my brain can tell my tastebuds that everything tastes great. Haha.

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Well if you are lucky enough not to put on weight, go for it! I know I would.

IMO exercising is more important than just not eating a specific kind of food. If someone exercises, then i don't think it's bad to eat a high-calorie food every now and then. The whole point lies in the fact that junk food is not the kind of food that should be consumed in a daily basis! :)
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I could never imagine myself eating only fruits and vegetables.

Like a guinea pig, lol!

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It's sad that it took research for them to find this out. I remember giving up junk food and sugar up a few years ago. Afterwards I couldn't touch chocolate or even a can of coke without wanting to be sick and I stopped getting ill!

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post-9259-0-50103800-1409812731_thumb.jp I'll get on that brain retraining thing in a week or so . :unsure2: :no:
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Like a guinea pig, lol!

well....um...sort of :unsure2::P :P
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Trained? Nah. But it can be forced to anything. I remember those 'icar' days... :D

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