Published October 22, 2013
All this time, you probably thought that overeating was the reason your belly is fat. And that may very well be true, but one study indicates that your stomach may in fact be the cause, and not the result of your problem.
It turns out that people who have trouble maintaining weight loss may have nerves in their stomach to blame, according to a study published in July in the International Journal of Obesity.
Researchers divided mice into three groups, and for 24 weeks, one group received a high-fat diet, another ate low-fat foods, and the third ate an equal mix of fatty and low-fat foods.
The results showed that mice that ate a high-fat or mixed diet were less likely to feel full, the researchers said. The nerves in their stomachs seemed to be desensitized. Even after those same mice returned to a healthy diet, scientists did not see animprovement in their eating habits.
Humans have the same nerves in our stomachs, however, further research must be done to see whether the finding is also true of people, the researchers said. [10 New Ways to Eat Well]
But if the results are true for humans, that means willpower is even more important for those who have a history of dietary indulgence. So, here are my top tips for staying strong and sticking to a healthy diet.
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