Could it be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants, even craves healthy food? New research suggests it could be possible.
So how do you do it?
Researchers suggest all you have to do is eat healthy. They say by following a healthy diet, a person can actually change how their brain reacts to high- and low-calorie foods. It could be the difference between deciding to snack on carrots or cookies.
Researchers divided the participants of this study into two groups.
The experimental group was offered healthier meals for six months and asked to reduce their calorie intake by 500 to 1,000 calories per day. The meals in the second group, the control group, were not adjusted.
The experimental group ended up losing about 14 pounds, on average during that period.
Then, at the end of that six months, both the experimental and control groups were shown photos of healthy and unhealthy foods.
MRI scans revealed that the low-calorie options, like a photo of a turkey sandwich, stimulated the brains of people in the experimental group compared to the usually appealing high-calorie foods, like french fries. That was not the case for the control group, however.
Researchers say that there is still more work to be done, but they are encouraged by the results.