acquaintedwithrask:

naamahdarling:

jtotheizzoe:

skunkbear:

Can you control your metabolism with your mind?

Turns out … yes.

Watch the science desk’s new video: a super fun collaboration between Alix Spiegel and Bianca Giaever.

Food as placebo! Does labeling something “low fat” or “healthy” trick our brains in the wrong direction? Feed your mind with this great vid from NPR Science.

Previously: Learn more about the weirdness of placebos, from medicine color to pill size, with this video.

The fact that this works for one feeding with a single milkshake means nothing.  It’s basically a trick to fool your body into feeling fuller, temporarily, but it says nothing about how your body treats hunger over the long term.

See, there are three kinds of hunger.

There’s mechanical hunger, which is your stomach being empty and growling.  It says “PUT FOOD IN YOUR STOMACH.”

There’s mouth hunger or aesthetic hunger, which is your need to eat food that satisfies you psychologically.  Comfort food, the native foods of your culture, foods whose tastes and textures satisfy you innately.  It says “PUT YUMMY THINGS IN YOUR MOUTH!”

And there’s chemical hunger.  Chemical hunger is craving … something.  That feeling you get when you don’t eat enough fruit for a while, and suddenly you crave citrus.  The feeling you get when you are bleeding from your vagina for the tenth day in a row, and would literally murder old ladies for a steak and/or a bucket of bone marrow.  The feeling you get when, for no reason you can name, you crave something like almonds or anchovies or really dark chocolate.  At its most immediate, it’s the low-blood-sugar shakes and dizziness.  At its most insidious, it’s the thing that leads you to eat and eat until you are satisfied.  It says “MEET YOUR NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE YOUR CELLS ARE STARVING, YOU NUMBSKULL.”

Reduced ghrelin may not have much effect on mouth hunger, and it absolutely isn’t going to affect chemical hunger.  It will affect mechanical hunger, but only for a short time.

As someone who, out of a hateful illness, starved herself for years like nobody else could do it right, I probably know more about actual hunger than most people ever, ever will.  I can tell you all kinds of things about it.  Things you probably don’t want to know, honestly.

I can tell you right now that I tried all the tricks.

I tried using smaller plates.

I tried drinking loads of water before each meal.

I tried chewing slowly.  (SOOOO SLOWLY.)

I tried filling up on really bulky, low-calorie foods.

I tried really small, frequent meals.

I mean, if there was a trick, I tried it.  If I’d known about this, I’d have tried this too.

And none of the tricks worked.  I was still hungry pretty much every few hours, and the less I ate, the less time it took for me to get hungry.  Eventually, I was hungry all the time.  Like, I was so hungry I stopped being able to feel mechanical hunger. 

No, stop, think about it.  My body had become so used to my stomach being empty that it stopped sending me those signals completely.  And yet … I was hungry.  All the time.  Even when I satisfied my mouth hunger, I was hungry.  I needed to eat.  I can’t even describe what that felt like, except to say that it was overpowering.

When I finally started recovering, I ate whatever I wanted.  And for two years, two years, all I wanted to eat was salt, fat, sugar.  For several months, I still never felt hungry, but I couldn’t stop eating. I would eat until I felt physically sick, and I still WANTED to eat more.  Because I had been starving myself, and that is what starving yourself does.

Because my body knew, it knew, that 700 calories a day was not 2,000 calories a day.  It knew it was starving.  It thought it was dying.

You cannot fool that.  You cannot permanently change your body’s metabolism with tricks.  Just because it works once doesn’t mean it will work the nine hundredth time you try it.

So, unless it can trick your body into literally thinking that 100 calories is 300 calories forever and ever, your weight loss tricks are not going to work forever, you will rebound, you will gain back the weight you lose.

Research like this is useful, because knowing how the human body and mind interact is useful.

Research like this in the hands of people who aren’t qualified to draw conclusions from it is not useful.  This will no doubt somehow enter the vocabulary of weight-loss “tricks” intended to help desperate and misguided people fool themselves into thinking they are smarter than the literal cells in their body, when they are not.  And that is a sad thing.

So for the people saying “If you think of your kale/wheatgrass/quinoa/goat placenta smoothie as really indulgent, you won’t feel hungry afterward!”, you’re wrong.  Do it often enough, and you’ll feel hungry constantly.

There’s not a shortcut. I don’t recommend weight-loss dieting to anyone, but if you’re going to pursue it — again, just don’t do this if you still believe all the crap about being thin being a somehow magical state that will insulate you from all kinds of physical and psychological and social ills — you should know that you are working against literally every cell of your body.  There’s not a work-around for that.  It is a bone-scraping, desperate hunger you will feel every minute of every day, worse and worse the longer you go.

Clever “tricks” like this are sops thrown to you to say “Look, look, it’s easy, look how easy it is!  Look how stupid the human body is!  Look how much more powerful your brain is!  You can totally fool yourself out of being a meat-popsicle that craves fat and starch and salt if you just work at being satisfied with less.”

Lies.

All they do is make it easier to start, and easier to keep limping along pretending nothing is wrong, when you can feel with every fiber of your being that there is.

Whenever new “science” shows something that implies, from research based on a single event, one single meal or item of food, that there is a faster way to lose weight, or an easier way to not feel hungry, give it the stinkiest of all stink-eyes.  Because one meal?  One meal more or less is not hunger.  Not really.  The measure of hunger is what happens once you have depleted your body’s reserves enough for it to start eating itself away … and then you keep going.  And going.  And going.  What you feel then is hunger.

You know what else probably kills your appetite?  Videos of surgery.  Nobody’s suggesting that we take up watching those before our meals so we don’t feel like eating as much.  And if we did?  We’d get used to it pretty fast, as the large number of surgeons nurses and veterinarians and techs who can still eat will attest.

They get over it because our bodies need food.  We need to eat, both physically and psychologically, to be healthy.  And that is stronger than pretty much any other urge we have except maybe thirst — I don’t know, I never tried to dehydrate myself to death.  Hunger takes longer to kill you.  (And yeah, you feel every minute of it.)  It is stronger than the urge to lick Ben Barnes.  Stronger than the urge to pet kittens.  I could stop thinking about those things for hours at a time.  I never forgot that I was hungry.

Also, as one final note, there’s a huge error in this research.  Food is not neutral, okay?  We have such a guilt complex around food these days that if I give a random person a 600-calorie treat, it’s 99% certain that they will feel some guilt.  And they will feel less guilt over a 100-calorie treat.  And guilt?  A surprisingly good motivator for feeling sated sooner.  Which is why the diet industry is so huge on guilt and shame.  So unless you could find someone who had literally no associations with food/calories/guilt — and these days, even finding tiny children who do not have that is going to be a job of work — your study might be measuring something other than what you think it is.

(And guilt doesn’t work long-term, either.  I was still hungry enough after four years of 700 calories a day to eat a whole goddamn box of Pop-Tarts.  I felt pretty fucking guilty after the first one.  I still ate them all, and every piece of fruit in the house.)

(Also, anyone who expects you to endure that sort of hunger just to access a higher tier of respect in the pecking order is a fucking douchebag and you can safely disregard anything they say as toxic bullshit.)

Ugh.  Rant over.  I’m going to go eat something bad for me, because I fucking can.  The best way not to feel hungry — eat when you want to eat.

this is probably the most well-spoken and intelligent thing I’ve read today, and if you scroll past it well you’re missing out

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veeisagenderneutralname:

holzmantweed:

naturallysisou:

aboutmaleprivilege:

utnereader:

Meet the companies behind Big Organic at Boston Review.

HAHAHAHA.
Why is this funny? Because Kelloggs & General Mills are companies that FOUGHT TO GET PROPOSITION 37 KILLED. These same companies who own these organic labels—who want to get in on the lucrative no-GMO market—ARE WILLING TO FIGHT AGAINST LABELING GMO’s AGGRESSIVELY.
Fuck all of y’all I hope you all go bankrupt
-firework-comic


Useful information, especially for those who like to follow the money.



Important information especially for folks who think that buying from these organic brands makes their lifestyle “cruelty-free.”

veeisagenderneutralname:

holzmantweed:

naturallysisou:

aboutmaleprivilege:

utnereader:

Meet the companies behind Big Organic at Boston Review.

HAHAHAHA.

Why is this funny? Because Kelloggs & General Mills are companies that FOUGHT TO GET PROPOSITION 37 KILLED. These same companies who own these organic labels—who want to get in on the lucrative no-GMO market—ARE WILLING TO FIGHT AGAINST LABELING GMO’s AGGRESSIVELY.

Fuck all of y’all I hope you all go bankrupt

-firework-comic

Useful information, especially for those who like to follow the money.

Important information especially for folks who think that buying from these organic brands makes their lifestyle “cruelty-free.”

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Tags: food

redefiningbodyimage:

Thin-washed branding for “reduced fat” products - one of my greatest pet peeves.
“Thinny” chips.
“Skinny” latté.
“Skinny Girl” Cocktails.

redefiningbodyimage:

Thin-washed branding for “reduced fat” products - one of my greatest pet peeves.

“Thinny” chips.

“Skinny” latté.

“Skinny Girl” Cocktails.

Why I don’t give a fuck about your diet.

redefiningbodyimage:

[tw: food-related anxiety]

That I have no choice but to listen to my surrounding coworkers discuss diets and “oh I can’t have this or that” every single day is probably one of the most infuriating and triggering things in the entire fucking world. 

What others choose to eat or not eat is none of my concern. I literally could not give a shit less about your fruitless, sugarless diet or your sudden drop in weight loss as a reward for abstaining from indulgence. But you make it my concern when you proclaim these aspects of your eating habits out loud with pride while I sit gobbling down some processed food I was forced to grab in haste on my way into the office. 

I wonder if people are capable of trying to comprehend a reality wherein personal control and choice regarding food consumption is a privilege - that for some, this privilege is especially hard to come by.

My reality involves mostly-empty cupboards and no one to lean on but myself. It involves sitting for hours on end, trying to will myself to get in the car and drive to the grocery store to buy nutritious foods for the week. In the event that I actually make it out the door, half the time my anxiety and fear of the kind of judgement that comes with fat visibility while food shopping won’t allow me to leave the driveway and I’ll returning to my kitchen to comb through my cupboards, making do with what I have at hand - pasta, ramen, soup, frozen food - the things that keep. Or nothing.

In the event that I do leave the driveway, my fear will guide me into a drive-thru in order to avoid human interaction. My anxiety takes advantage of impulse. I think “here is an easy way to sustain myself that doesn’t involve being subjected to the gaze of others” and cease it automatically. It isn’t until after I’m home, hating the food I’m eating with ever fiber of my being, that the guilt sets in.

During the times I finally make it to the grocery store, I make a beeline to the essentials. A lifetime of food-shopping experience as a fat person tells me that making eye contact with anyone could warrant unwanted and judgmental comments from other shoppers, so I keep my head down and my eyes on the prices. I struggle to keep from looking at labels and numbers, calories and sugar content, in an attempt to restrain the damaging diet mentality I’ve tried so hard to overcome.

I aim to shop for the week but end up shopping for only a handful of days, rushing myself through self-checkout before I can consider anything too carefully. Any more than a small basket full of food means going through the check out line with an actual person scanning my food choices who may feel entitled enough to make comments on my purchases as they fly past. “Oh these are so good, I wish I could eat them but I’ve been watching my figure.” “Look at all this food! Having a party?” “Ice cream and wine? Gee, you must be having a hard week.” 

My shopping experiences are never fulfilling. I rarely leave with what I wanted to get.

I record my eating habits, but not like a used to - not as a method of punishment to be sure I’m keeping to arbitrary restrictions, but as a reminder to myself that on the whole, the food I eat is varied. That while I sometimes default to quick food fixes to appease my anxieties, the times I don’t are enough to create a nutritional balance that pleases me. Because I am doing the best I can with what I have.

By all means, enjoy the pride you feel in your personal food choices and physical changes. I wish you happiness in your diet - a happiness that I never had the privilege of experiencing, that instead mixed with my mental illness in a way that would have surely destroyed me had I not found the strength to fight against it. But my experience is not yours and I respect your right to restrict your eating habits and keep track of your weight. Honestly, I do.

Just please, please - Shut the FUCK up about it.

When it comes to regulating weight…

bumsquash:

We can acknowledge.

The food angle is dead.

Give it a rest now, people.

Food is for eating, not for regulating your size.

itgetsfatter:

Jackie eats a cupcake (at Depanneur Le Pick Up) and visits the Jean Talon Market!

- Thanks to Marty (the same person who came up with the name “It Gets Fatter”!) for taking the pictures.

Jackie / It Gets Fatter

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fattyfatdancepants:

feedingmyboychick:

“Let me make this clear… if you see someone in the grocery store buying things with food stamps, it is NOT YOUR BUSINESS or place to look into their cart, to judge what they are buying. SO WHAT if they are buying soda? They may have a sick kid at home who can’t keep anything else down right now. SO WHAT if they are buying ready-prepared foods? You don’t know if they have access to a stove or not. SO WHAT if they spend all their food stamp money on chips? When it’s gone, it’s gone. The place to fix those problems is in voluntary education. Which I do all the time, teaching people how to cook. There were times on food stamps where I bought treats with food stamps. Do you really begrudge a mom the ability to buy her kid an ice cream once in a while? Pizza? If I managed my food stamp money so that we had a little extra to buy a take and bake pizza…. GOOD FOR ME. Sometimes we ate really cheap food or mooched off my parents for a while so there would be a little extra so I could buy the makings of a cake for my kid for her birthday. The point is that people think of it as “abuse” to buy foods they would not buy themselves or which are not healthy with food stamps. What it is? Is none of their business.”

APPLAUSE

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Okay, show of hands-

fattypolitic:

fattypolitic:

How many people by now have no idea that eating more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and drinking plenty of (unpolluted) water is better for you than processed food?

I know it. Everyone knows it.

What these arrogant shits who keep aiming to “teach low income people” is not something we don’t know. 

If you want to “teach” me something about food then teach me how to make $30 a week for three people stretch without processed meals.  

Or how about you stop assuming we are ignorant of the fact that fresh foods are better for us than hamburger helper and look at the root of WHY we have to buy the shit.

Once again, it’s just easier to assume ignorance and laziness than it is to apply any critical thinking or empathy.

Reblogging myself because…hey! Neat!

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fatseux:

Rebloggable by request.

In the words a wise man once said, “Fatties gon’ fat.”

eatyourchow:

Missing Michigan so hard right now.
Black Star Farms; Leelanau County, Michigan

eatyourchow:

Missing Michigan so hard right now.

Black Star Farms; Leelanau County, Michigan

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Tags: food

wiki-the-avatar:

numlits:

snug-ler:

#AM I MISSING SOMETHING? WHY IS THERE JUST A RANDOM FUCKIN BATMAN IN THE CORNER

Because.

That’s Naan bread…

So it’s…

NaanNaanNaanNaanNaanNaanNaanNaan BATMAN!

I laughed for staight 7 minutes.

I timed it.

Man. Now I want naan.

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heyfatchick:

Amina from Masterchef Australia

heyfatchick:

Amina from Masterchef Australia

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Tags: fat food

Using exercise as a form of penance for “over-indulging”…

redefiningbodyimage:

This way of thinking never sits well with me and is honestly part of the reason why I have such a fucked up relationship with exercise.

I would rather take pleasure in what I eat and enjoy the way I move my body without associating it with guilt or punishment for not “behaving” and eating one too many of these beautiful pastries. 

(It is a Mexican Concha and it was nearly the size of my head before I consumed every bit of it for breakfast this morning.)

Please, just eat what makes you happy. Move when it pleases you. Don’t do it to live up to some ideal that is grounded in making you feel guilty about treating yourself. Please. It’s not worth punishing yourself over and perpetuating this way of thinking, that “unhealthy behavior” deserves punishment. It doesn’t.

fuckyeahfeedee:

Cherry appreciation : 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

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