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Added: December 29, 2009

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Save Calories with Diminutive Desserts

During the holiday season, social gatherings abound, with their endless buffets overflowing with temptations. Instead of avoiding the sweets altogether, why not just pare down?

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A recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest discloses a shocking revelation regarding movie popcorn.

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New Research on the Placebo Effect

You have probably heard about the Placebo effect. We know new drugs are measured against the placebo effect because a good percentage of people get better just by taking sugar
pills.

I think a lot of us don’t take the time to consider how crazy this is. Some pretty major health conditions are “cured” by basically the belief that the pill or injection will work.

This is obviously power of the mind stuff, but until recently scientists had never been able to actually “see” the placebo effect actually working in the brain.

Thanks to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (f MRI) and PET scans, researchers can now see the brain work in real time.

The Placebo Research

A researcher named Jon-Kar Zubieta, a neurologist at the University of Michigan, used some amazing trickery in order to discover that the driver of placebo effect in the brain is an area called the nucleus accumbens (NAcc).

What is interesting, (and actually makes sense) is that this area of the brain is responsible for our expectancy of reward.

I won’t go into too much detail about the actual study (it involved researchers sticking subjects in the jaw with a needle to cause pain – OUCH!!!), and then giving them an intravenous pain cure.

The cure of course was just plain old saline solution (a placebo).

The PET scans revealed that the placebo caused an actual dopamine boost with highest dopamine release coming from the nucleus accumbens (NAcc).

All the subjects experienced some relief, but some more than others.

So the researchers used fMRI on the same subjects to see if there was a correlation between those who got the best placebo effect with those who potentially had the mostactive nucleus accumbens (NAcc).

Scientists are tricky! Here is how they pulled it off.

While using f MRI to monitor brain activity, they had the subjects play a game where they could receive monetary rewards. The anticipation of reward intensified the activity in the nucleus accumbens.

The cool part is that the people who had the highest activity in the NAcc during the game are the same people who had the most profound placebo effect in the pain part of the study.

The Take Home

So it seems that it pays to have an NAcc that hums if you want to get cured by a sugar pill.

I have been thinking about this study a lot and it begs this question.

Could we actually train ourselves to enhance our expectancy of reward, thus strengthening the NA? If so, this might mean we could develop some ability for self healing. Or it just might be genetic – nobody knows right now

Here is the citation for the study I just summarized.

Scott et al.: Individual Differences in Reward Responding
Explain Placebo-Induced Expectations and Effects
Publishing in Neuron 55, 325–336, July 19, 2007. DOI
10.1016/j.neuron.2007.06.028.

The research is still in its early stages and I would curious if any of you have any other real research on the subject (not new age mumbo jumbo, but real peer reviewedresearch).

If you do, just post it below.

Here are some other cool facts about the placebo effect:

  • Orange, Red and other hot colored tablets work better as stimulants.
  • Cool colored ones (blue, green, purple) work better as depressants.
  • Big pills generally work better than small pills!
  • Higher priced pills work better than lower priced pills.
  • Injections work better than tablets
  • And “branded” tablets work better than unbranded tablets!

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Why Are People Getting Bigger?

It is a fact! People are getting bigger. Not taller but bigger (sidewise). Recently I went to a mall (after I don’t know how many months). At every turn, you are bombarded with food; fattening food, delicious smelling food and promises of exotic tasting experiences to die for.

I also came to the realization that portion sizes, especially in steakhouses has become bigger.  We are fighting the bulges and portion sizes increase to make our job that more difficult. This is getting ridiculous!

The solution? You have to gain control over what goes on your plate. In the beginning, it may be difficult, but with experience, you can learn exactly how many servings you are eating. After a while, you will know exactly how big the portions should be to be in line with recommended portions.

If you can master this skill (and make it a habit) you will have a sure fire method to cut the most calories the quickest. Just by changing to a healthy fat burning diet with portion control, you can literally lose weight without doing anything else.

If you are like me, the following statement will fit you like a glove. Do you ever feel obligated to finish everything on your plate?  Were you raised with the same principle than me? Clean you plate otherwise you are wasting food and there are hundreds of thousands people dying for a morsel

The solution to lasting weight loss with fat burning diets is to exercise portion control.

•    Always use smaller plates and bowls. I use a side plate for my main meal.
•    Order an appetizer as an entree. Look for fresh salads or fruit and try to stay clear from fried foods.
•    If possible, use the lunch menu (to order) at dinnertime.
•    You do not have to eat everything! Leftovers are okay. Let them wrap half your meal before bringing it out.
•    Go for smaller sizes for instance a half-order of pasta.
•    Always be aware what you are eating. Chances are good that you will eat excessively if you are mindlessly picking at your food.
•    Another vital habit is to learn to read and understand food labels. Watch out! Serving sizes can be misleading! Did you know a can of cola is actually two servings?

As you cut down on your portions, you may feel a little hungry at first. To beat this temporary hunger without eating more try to:
•    Drink more water
•    Eat fiber-loaded foods
•    Eat low-calorie foods first
•    Eat slowly, put the fork down between bites
The main thing to success on any fat burning diet is to take your life back from obesity. We want to be healthy and full of vitality. The price therefore is to stay focus on one’s weight loss goals and incorporate small changes to ensure success.

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