Five Tips To Combat The Effects Of Food Porn

Surround Yourself With Fruits and Vegetables For Visual Stimulation Instead of Cake

Do You Gain Weight Just Looking At A Piece of Chocolate Cake? Use Reverse Psychology.

Have you ever heard someone say that they gain weight just by looking at chocolate cake? That statement has more truth to it than once realized. A recent study at Max Planck Institute has determined that looking at pictures of tempting, delicious, high calorie foods may trigger hunger and cravings that ultimately hamper our ability to control our weight.

Researchers at Max-Planck Institute claim that they have proven scientifically that looking at delicious food stimulates the appetite and can result in overeating, or eating too much of the wrong foods. The study, conducted on healthy young males, tested the amount of the neurosecretory protein hormone ghrelin in the blood before and after they were shown pictures of yummy looking foods. The researchers found that the visual stimulation caused an increase in the release of ghrelin. Ghrelin is responsible for controlling both eating behavior and food metabolism. Max Plank scientists concluded that the overwhelming presence of food advertisements on T.V., in magazines and on the internet “could contribute to weight increase in Western populations”.

We may not be able to completely eliminate seeing pictures of foods that are on our ‘don’t‘ list, but we can counteract the effects by limiting our contact with food pornography whenever possible. Take action to avoid internet sites where you know the foods you’re trying to limit will be shown, leave the room when fast-food ads come on T.V., and steer clear of magazines and cooking channels that are loaded with high-fat, bad-for-you food art.

Five Ways To Un-Do Unwanted Appetite Stimulation

If seeing pictures of high-calorie foods cause us to crave just that, wouldn’t the opposite be true? It stands to reason that if we fill our world with photos of fruits, vegetables and whole grains those are the foods we’ll be motivated to eat. I’m suggesting we do an experiment similar to the one at Max Planck Institute. Try the following five suggestions this week and see if your motivation to eat more fruits and vegetables increases.

1. Select a screen saver for your computer at home and at work that shows a display of beautiful fruits and vegetables in a bowl or prepared in a dish. You should be able to copy the pictures I have loaded on this post (if you’d like) or find some at your favorite screen saver site. If you get bored with one screensaver, load up another for a couple of days.

2. Find between ten to fifteen pictures of healthy foods to cut out of a magazine, or print off from your computer and create a vision board.  Put the board in a visible place where you’ll see it several times a day. You may want to make one for home and one for work both with different images. For more information on how to make a vision board, click here.

3. Befriend “Five A Day, The Fun Way” on Facebook. Reminders on eating more fruits and veggies and suggestions on ways to incorporate them into your diet will come to your news feed. The Five A Day Facebook page promotes healthy foods and recipes, and has great suggestions for dealing with those pesky holidays that come along and mess things us. I think the next one is Valentine’ s Day.

4. Put a bowl of real fruit on your counter top at home. Load it with apples, oranges, bananas, grapes and whatever else you like. Do the same thing with vegetables. Clean carrots, cherry tomatoes and mini sweet peppers and put them in a bag where they will be visible when you open the door to the fridge. On your way out of the door in the morning it will be easy to grab a couple of each. You’ll be surprised how fast these foods disappear when they are in clear view.

5. Bookmark the Whole Foods web site in your browser. Next time you’re looking for a new recipe click on the Recipes tab at Whole Foods rather than surf the web where you’re sure to stumble on those food porn sites that get us into trouble.

Let me know if these tips work for you. If you have some of your own that I haven’t mentioned, please share in the comment box. I’d love to hear what you do to stay away from sites like Cakes&Cookies.com.

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this article. The title really got my attention…food porn? LOL! Thanks for sharing.
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