To be hon­est, we our­selves are shocked, but it seems so.

Study­ing the mech­a­nisms of the for­ma­tion of feel­ings of hunger and appetite, sci­en­tists came to the con­clu­sion that weight loss can be achieved with the pow­er of thought. Con­scious­ness is respon­si­ble for the for­ma­tion of feel­ings of hunger no less than phys­i­o­log­i­cal process­es.

Memory and thoughts affect hunger

Observ­ing patients with mem­o­ry dis­or­ders, in par­tic­u­lar with antero­grade amne­sia, sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered that mem­o­ry is one of the main mech­a­nisms for the for­ma­tion of feel­ings of hunger. If a per­son does not remem­ber and is not aware of what he ate, then even 15–20 min­utes after eat­ing he will feel hun­gry. And vice ver­sa — a per­son who remem­bers what he ate will most like­ly refuse to eat. In addi­tion, if you offer the same dish­es to a per­son with a good mem­o­ry, they will not arouse inter­est and appetite. Even if it’s choco­late, lob­sters and oth­er most deli­cious and favorite foods. This effect is known as sen­so­ry-spe­cif­ic sati­a­tion.

We all strive for a vari­ety of taste sen­sa­tions. If you have vaca­tioned under “All inclu­sive” con­di­tions, you prob­a­bly remem­ber how after a few days the exot­ic abun­dance becomes bor­ing. And dreams arise of pota­toes with dill and her­ring, black bread with lard. Again, remem­ber how you felt while fol­low­ing any mono-diet. It is impos­si­ble to eat only cucum­bers or water­mel­ons, or even black caviar for a long time. If the brain is able to remem­ber, in detail, the entire process of eat­ing, then the feel­ing of hunger does not appear until it is real hunger caused by the fact that the stom­ach is emp­ty. But if a per­son eats and does not real­ize that he is eat­ing, then hunger may not dis­ap­pear. Even if you eat more than you need.

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Why we overeat and don’t always realize it

Our brains are quite easy to trick. Sci­en­tists con­duct­ed an exper­i­ment in which par­tic­i­pants were asked to eat soup. The trick was that tubes were built into the bowls, through which the sci­en­tists qui­et­ly added soup to some sub­jects. As a result, peo­ple ate more with­out notic­ing. After observ­ing these peo­ple for the rest of the day, the sci­en­tists noticed that the feel­ing of full­ness was more relat­ed to how the par­tic­i­pants ini­tial­ly esti­mat­ed the serv­ing size, rather than the actu­al vol­ume of soup con­sumed. There­fore, it is very impor­tant to learn to be aware of how much you actu­al­ly eat.

What should you think about to stop overeating?

About food! Any­one can improve their “men­tal diges­tion” and learn to feel full from thoughts about food. To do this you need:

  • Think about food more often

Think about what you are going to cook for break­fast or lunch and din­ner in the evening. Men­tal­ly choose prod­ucts and recipes. Imag­ine how you will cook it and then eat it. These thoughts should bring sat­is­fac­tion. Choose the high­est qual­i­ty prod­ucts for your­self. Keep them sim­ple, but fresh and sea­son­al.

  • Plan and create a menu so that it is varied and tasty

Food should arouse appetite and inter­est. If you eat monot­o­nous food for a long time and do not expe­ri­ence any plea­sure from it, much less neg­a­tive emo­tions, then soon­er or lat­er you will break down. Look for those recipes and com­bi­na­tions of foods and spices that suit you. Both from a health and taste point of view. Allow your­self your favorite foods.

  • Eat and be aware of what and how you eat

It is advis­able to do this in silence so that you are not dis­tract­ed from eat­ing by watch­ing a movie or any­thing. You should feel every piece of food: its tex­ture, the finest edges of taste and smell. Esti­mate serv­ing size. Count every bite, sip and berry.

  • Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly

It is rec­om­mend­ed to do at least 20–30 chew­ing move­ments. If it is a puree or liq­uid food, then “roll” it in your mouth to feel the max­i­mum taste. If you eat on the go, in a hur­ry, you most like­ly will not be able to remem­ber how much you ate or what you ate at all. Put down your gad­gets, don’t turn on the TV, don’t read while eat­ing.

  • Talk about food

If you are eat­ing in a group, then the con­ver­sa­tion should revolve around the food. Praise the cook. Enjoy the food. Tell me how deli­cious it is. And how healthy and nutri­tious. Dis­cuss what you will eat tomor­row.

Eat­ing should become an impor­tant rit­u­al

Not only the qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty of food is impor­tant, but also the tim­ing of meals and the aes­thet­ic com­po­nent. Eat on a sched­ule at the same time. Set the table and use beau­ti­ful dish­es, table­cloths and nap­kins. Dec­o­rate your dish­es.

  • Remember what you ate

If you ate not so long ago and the urge to chew again aris­es, then remem­ber in detail the last meal and, in gen­er­al, every­thing you ate today. All sen­so­ry and taste sen­sa­tions, smell, tem­per­a­ture and con­sis­ten­cy, por­tion size.

  • Imagine that you are eating what you want

For exam­ple, you want cakes. Or piz­za. But now there is no such oppor­tu­ni­ty. Imag­ine tak­ing them in your hands and putting them in your mouth, bit­ing them with plea­sure. The most del­i­cate cream melts on the tongue, the cheese plays like a sym­pho­ny. The dough is beyond praise. An imag­i­nary meal can also curb your appetite if you imag­ine the process in great detail. The feel­ing of hunger, if it does not dis­ap­pear, will become dull.

How to speed up your weight loss process with thoughts

Sci­en­tists have found that visu­al­iz­ing the end result makes weight loss more effec­tive, all oth­er things being equal. The study involved 140 peo­ple, who were divid­ed into two groups. In the first group, those los­ing weight were asked to imag­ine in detail how they would feel and what to do when the weight dropped. The sec­ond group was inspired through moti­va­tion­al con­ver­sa­tions. That is, the coach told how life would change and health would improve after nor­mal­iz­ing weight. No addi­tion­al rec­om­men­da­tions for chang­ing lifestyle or diet were offered to the exper­i­ment par­tic­i­pants. Peo­ple from both groups con­tin­ued to lead nor­mal lives. After 6 months, it turned out that the par­tic­i­pants in the first group who visu­al­ized the results of los­ing weight lost an aver­age of 4.11 kilo­grams. And the par­tic­i­pants in the sec­ond group weighed only 0.74 kilo­grams. More­over, in the first group, the results were pre­served and increased after anoth­er six months — those who imag­ined all the advan­tages of los­ing weight became almost 6.5 kilo­grams lighter.

To lose weight, think about:

  • How will you feel

Much bet­ter! Blood pres­sure will decrease. Short­ness of breath will go away. It will become eas­i­er to move. With a high prob­a­bil­i­ty, your joints and back will stop hurt­ing. Your over­all health will be bet­ter and you will get sick less. Your mood will improve and there will be more joy in your life. Sim­ple, because a healthy per­son wakes up in a good mood, most of the time.

  • What will you look like

Younger and more attrac­tive! Imag­ine what you will wear and how it will look on you.

  • What can you afford?

If weight pre­vent­ed you from real­iz­ing some dreams, then there will be no more restric­tions. You will be able to do what you have long want­ed.

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