Have you ever tried to eat just one freshly baked chocolate chip cookie or attempted to limit yourself to only one thin slice of hot homemade bread? If you're like most people, it's an impossible challenge. "Just one" leads to one more and...you slip into the cycle of overeating and regret.
Now scientists say that they've discovered the reason in a landmark new study about the impacts of high fat foods, reported U.S. News and World Report on August 15. And the message is clear: The chips are stacked against you when it comes to potato chips and other high fat items.
In a nation where Happy Meals and kid-size servings of French fries have become the way to make kids happy , this study is akin to a memo to parents: Steer clear of that fast food palace. And for adults struggling to win the battle of the bulge: "The implications are huge," said Paul Kenny, a professor of pharmacology at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla.
"You're trying to lose weight. You have a bad diet and you're trying to adjust it, [but] your body and brain in concert are saying, 'No, I don't want that type of food,'" said Kenny. "The chips are stacked against you -- literally, potato chips. And that's why you're very likely to fail."
That's the bad news for those who love those high fat foods. However, researchers note that it is possible to develop a fondness for a diet low in fat. Just as with any habit that you want to develop, it usually takes about three to four weeks. Set a weekly goal, such as eating fat-free cereal with fat-free milk for breakfast rather than hash browns one week, then swapping beans for that hamburger patty at noon the second week and concluding in brown rice rather than French fries at dinner for the third week.
For more information on how to shift to a low-fat, high nutrient diet, read "Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition."