This blog is about change. I hate getting used to new habits.
It’s time to shave the fudge, Almond Roca, and excess holiday alcohol off the hips, by paying attention to the special mechanism built into our hallowed torsos. It’s called the : Put-down-the-fork-and-stop-stuffing-it-in-your-mouth filter.
My filter is broken. Like Pavlov’s dog, my eyes saucer-size up and I drool at the sight of chocolate, feet spinning on the floor like a puppy on ice. Get outta my way or I’ll bite you. This comes from screwing up my CCK.
It works like this:
When the small intestines detect fat or protein, they release cholecystokinin (CCK), a hormone telling your brain you’ve had enough.
Researchers in a recent study gave a group of rats a high-fat diet for 20 days (we’ll call them The Fatslappers, although I’m sure the scientist simply referred to them as Group A. They’re nerdy that way).
Another group of rats (The Skinny Minnies) had a low fat diet.
After 20 days, the researchers put out ONLY tasty fatty rat
snacks. The Fatslappers ate 40% more than the Skinny Minnies.
In the second part of the experiment, all rats were injected with CCK at noon and exposed to a Martha Stewart buffet of fat snacks.
Because the CCK made them feel full, the rats on the low-fat diet ate much less than usual.
However the FatSlappers didn’t even notice that “slow-down” hormone. They kept gorging.
“I’m not a rat,” you snobbily declare with your finger in the air. (Me, too. Gimme some chocolate.)
Well, a similar 2003 study was published in the American Journal of Physiology . For two weeks, men were fed human diets to create a Fatslapper group and a Skinny Minnie Group. When they all received the infusion of CCK (right to the intestines. UGH!), the Fat Slappers—instead of feeling full—actually felt hungrier. Thus indicating humans can break our “Shut-Your-Mouth-You’re-Full” filter.
The good news….it’s fixable.
The bad news… Just stop sticking lots of fats in your mouth. Your body should readjust so it knows when to say “WHEN.”
Change. I hate it already.