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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:28 PM
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Ice Cream May Target The Brain Before Your Hips
Ice Cream May Target The Brain Before Your Hips, UT Southwestern Study Suggests

Main Category: Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness
Also Included In: Neurology / Neuroscience; Endocrinology; Nutrition / Diet
Article Date: 15 Sep 2009 - 5:00 PDT

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Findings from a new UT Southwestern Medical Center study suggest that fat from certain foods we eat makes its way to the brain. Once there, the fat molecules cause the brain to send messages to the body's cells, warning them to ignore the appetite-suppressing signals from leptin and insulin, hormones involved in weight regulation.

The researchers also found that one particular type of fat - palmitic acid - is particularly effective at instigating this mechanism.

"Normally, our body is primed to say when we've had enough, but that doesn't always happen when we're eating something good," said Dr. Deborah Clegg, assistant professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern and senior author of the rodent study appearing in the September issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

"What we've shown in this study is that someone's entire brain chemistry can change in a very short period of time. Our findings suggest that when you eat something high in fat, your brain gets 'hit' with the fatty acids, and you become resistant to insulin and leptin," Dr. Clegg said. "Since you're not being told by the brain to stop eating, you overeat."

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/163982.php
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:32 PM
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1. The science emerging is amazing
and you can bet this will be used by the food industry...
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:48 PM
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6. This article dovetails nicely with David Kessler's book
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:57 PM
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7. Yes it does, but I can already hear the PRC
science, smience...
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:05 PM
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8. I saw your threads
about his book in GD and was appalled.

:wow:

We had some great threads about it in the Weight Loss forum.

Sometimes I think the "we are always in control" types really don't understand how much of our biology can control us if we aren't aware of it.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:27 PM
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10. Well the WL forum I suspect is not where the pretty people
"always in control" go to.

After all they may have to admit to this biology thing and how it affects them
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:55 PM
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13. I'm reading that now
Amazing stuff.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:32 PM
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2. So this explains not only the ice cream to hips, but also
My swollen head? And my increased appetite.

Good work there, Dr Clegg.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 03:06 PM
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9. Fat head
:7

Somehow that's worse to think about than a few extra inches around the hips, a fat layer between your brain and your cranium.

Ewww.
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marybourg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:33 PM
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3. Portion control is the only answer. nt.
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:46 PM
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5. But that's the problem
the diminished response to leptin makes it almost impossible to control your portions.

I know that when I eat this stuff, I just want to eat more.

My answer is to stay away from it as much as possible and not start that whole demented chain reaction.
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marybourg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:45 PM
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11. Put the correct (small ) portion in the (small ) plate. Return the carton to the
fridge. Firmly shut the fridge door. With a small spoon, slowly eat and savor the ice cream. Get up and wash the small plate and spoon. Burp. Return to the computer. Works for me.
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LeftinOH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:39 PM
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4. I thought this was going to be about 'brain freeze' -n/t
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:02 PM
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12. it is all very weird. i have been on a med that has caused me to gain
a couple pounds by convincing me that i must have ice cream. it's the weirdest thing. not that i haven't always liked ice cream. duh. but i have started to see ice cream as a perfectly reasonable thing to have for lunch. just that one thing. the mind is a scary thing.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:05 PM
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14. my brain IS ice cream -- banana walnut with some chocolate syrup to be exact. nt
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