Why we crave Sugar and Fat in our diet – Part 1
Eating Habits at Xmas and New Year and the Sugar/Fat Hangover!!
Recent studies conducted at the University of NSW School of Psychology on the impact diets have on our brain function and why we crave fat and sugar, have produced some results that give us a greater understanding as to our eating habits.
The rates of overweight and obesity amongst Australian adults have doubled in the past two decades.
Without getting too technical in this blog, our brain becomes attuned to the fatty, sweet taste of food and soft drinks and constantly retreats to these foods when we get hungry.
The more we perform any action, the more we imprint it on our brain, therefore when we default back to high sugar/high fat food as our eating preference (to satisfy cravings), the more the habit is reinforced and so on.
The pleasure we derive from sugar and fat is similar to that we get from drugs of abuse and sex. It comes from our ‘reward’ system and it is basically powered by the neurochemical called Dopamine. Hence, when we go ‘cold turkey’ on a diet, it is difficult to have a long term benefit. Many diets work in the short and medium term but few are sustainable.
At this time of year, when New Year’s resolutions are made and when our clothes are a little tighter following Xmas cheer, Part 2 of this blog looks at how we break the cycle and head towards healthier choices and healthier body.