Do you enjoy watching Lost a lot like me? Then the best bet for us is to stay away from any foods during Lost show time in Television. In fact, a research conducted by Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago proved that our brain can affect the amount that we eat significantly. As quoted by MSNBC, a research involving Jay Leno program and chips proves that statement scientifically.
45 volunteers were asked to eat as many chips as they want while they were watching Letterman show, Jay Leno late night talk show and while they were not watching anything at all.
The respondents ate 44% more chips when they were watching Letterman compared to when they did not watch TV at all. And the respondents ate 42% more chips when they were watching Leno compared to when they were not watching TV.
According to Dr. Hirsch, the neurological director at Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, the scientific reason for this result is that when we are distracted to other things other than our foods, we tend to eat more foods.
So this can also means that Letterman show was more exciting at that time. According to him, if we can concentrate on the taste and flavor of the food we will feel full faster than if we are distracted. The distractions are not limited to television in my case, it can be in form of chatting, book, and computer games. Yeah I often do those three things while eating!
There's a part of our brain which is called ventromedial nucleus. This is the satisfaction center of our brain, this tells whether we are full or not yet full. In a nutshell, by watching entertaining television show our body ignores the signal from the ventromedial nucleus since we are distracted. This is why many respondents ate more chips when they were watching television.
Bottom line: I should throw away my books (especially if the next Harry Potter comes out), turn of my television and concentrate to my food in order to eat the appropriate amount of meals.
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