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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Controlling Your Appetite


The every-day food choices made by people of all ages influence their health and well being by supplying energy and specific nutrients for the body’s functions. The concept of optimal nutrition is about eating the right amounts of foods and therefore nutrients, for each individual to live their life fully and in good health.

Researches are trying to identify these ‘right amounts’ for people in different population groups and to examine the influence of psychological and cognitive factors on food intake and health outcomes.

We all need a specific amount of calories just to lie in bed and breath. This is referred to as the BMR, or Basic Metabolic Rate.

How many calories do you need?

That’s individual, and it is also connected to your state of health.The number of daily calories needed tends to run high with some diseases.

There are tricks to help you control your appetite.

The Control Concept

Systems in our brain regulate appetite, eating behaviours, and manage body weight.

The appetite system is based on programs in the old reptilian brain. This system is designed to establish the most efficient path to reliably available food, then to lock in the behaviour and repeat it without further modification.

Our appetite system tends to run automatically at this primitive level and defies conscious attempts to alter the program. Any insightful person will be able to track the importance of food searches in their own behaviour.

If you watch the people around you, you will readily confirm the primacy of feeding behaviours in human social existence.

It is possible to construct a rather elaborate model of brain function in terms of the brain's attempt to regulate the molecular flow of food materials. Feeding behaviours are highly automated and seem to be designed around recursive loops.

Choose sensibly . . .

  1. Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat
  2. Choose and prepare foods with less salt.
  3. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation.

Build a healthy base . . .
  1. Chose a variety of fruits and vegetables daily
  2. Keep food safe to eat

Aim for fitness . . .
  1. Aim for a healthy weigh
  2. Be physicaly active each day

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