If You're So Smart, Why Are You So Fat?

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If we’re all so darn smart, then how come we are we so fat?
Perhaps not every individual, but as humanity, we are definitely fat, since 70% of the adult population of the world is currently overweight or obese. : it’s not because we don’t know what to do. We know about hormones, for example. We’ve probably heard a thousand times just how important hormones are for weight loss.

Just Hold On A Bit...

If it’s so simple, why do so many of us have so much trouble doing it?

Why, in spite of the huge amount of information showing that high-glycemic carbohydrates (sugar) contribute directly to weight gain, cancer and also heart disease, do so many of us continue to binge on the very foods that make us tired, sick, depressed and fat? Why, in fact, do we continue to overindulge in cookies, chips, pasta, candies, ice cream, donuts and cereal, while ignoring the truth about them? Why do we keep finding these foods irresistible? And why do we ignore all the known facts about them, just as a cigarette smoker ignores the connection between lung cancer and tobacco?
You probably also already know that insulin “the fat storage hormone”—is produced by our bodies in response to elevated blood sugar levels. These elevations in blood sugar are created, whenever you wolf down carbohydrates—particularly the high-glycemic, high-sugar processed carbs we all love so much. The solution is easy, right? Simply cut out the carbs!

The Fact Is, Your Brain has Been Hijacked...

All the “pleasure centers” in your brain have literally been hijacked.
We have lost control of a primitive biological switch buried deep in the recesses of our brains that control what we pay attention to, how we act and most importantly, what we eat. This the “impulse control switch” I like to call it and for most of us, it’s gone completely haywire and we find ourselves eating precisely the things we know we should avoid at all cost.

A recent workshop conducted in Southern California, one woman described her own struggles with junk food: “I’d find myself obsessing about Haagen-Dazs,” she said. “I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t even want the ice cream. But I got excited about driving to the supermarket and buying it. The anticipation turned me on. The ice cream was almost an afterthought.”

This woman illustrates a very important point: eating and the desire to eat are two completely different things and involve separate mechanisms in your brain. How this happens, is simple, It’s all controlled by a brain chemical called dopamine. Dopamine controls pleasure and contributes to your brain’s “reward circuitry” for food and any other desirable thoughts.

When Your Impulse Control Switch Gets Flipped in the Wrong Direction...

Dopamine’s role is to keep you totally focused on getting things that are critical for the survival of the species – like sex, food and shelter. We feel intense pleasure when we go after those things – this is fueled entirely by dopamine.

There is only one problem that we’ve discovered, we have developed a few sneaky ways to trick our brains into releasing dopamine to get a fake chemical “high”... for example, with alcohol and cigarettes or drugs. This so called “rush” you get from these things is also fueled entirely by dopamine. It’s the biological reason you get hooked.

As it turns out, the dopamine factories that get ignited when you drink a cold beer or inject heroin are exactly same ones that fire up when you eat sugar or high-sugar foods! In fact, some studies are showing that sugar is MORE addictive than cocaine. This startling fact was recently discussed by Dr. Oz on his show.

In today’s world with highly-addictive food everywhere, our dopamine factories light up like Christmas lights, our brains are hijacked and we become totally helpless to resist that mouth-watering plate of deep fried, golden french fries that’s calling our name!

Have You Been Attacked by a Dopamine Bomb?

Addiction experts refer to things that create these “dopamine bombs” as “super-stimuli”.
The everyday things that flood your brain with feel-good dopamine, are things like drugs, alcohol, skydiving, the internet, "adult" videos, and sugar, are literally super-sized versions of everyday experiences. If you do them often enough you eventually become desensitized to anything that doesn’t produce that same massive dopamine rush.


Your brain becomes re-programmed in a very bad way and leaves you wanting – in fact, needing – more and more of these dopamine-spiking substances to get the same high effect. What this means, is that your cravings for refined carbs, for sugar and all of the other things that make you sick and fat, go right through the roof and becomes almost impossible to resist!

Here’s the catch – for just about everyone, When you are repeated exposed to them, it disables the behavior control switch that says “enough!”

That means that even when you don’t see yourself as an “addict” with an addictive personality, you can and will still suffer the same consequences of being attacked by dopamine bombs, whether from drugs, alcohol and more especially, food.

Can One Really Be Addicted to Food?

The same impulse control switch that drives many people to cocaine addiction also works to make you obsess over rewarding foods.

IMPORTANT: Don’t, for one second that this doesn’t apply to you because you are not an “addict”. This applies to every single human being without you even knowing it! That’s exactly why so many people can’t understand why they cannot keep their weight off for good.

The more tasty and pleasurable a food, the more attention you give it and the more attention you give it, the more passionately you seek it out. Unfortunately, these rewarding foods are exactly the ones that spike your blood sugar, which causes your insulin to soar, and ultimately flip off your fat-burning hormonal switch, and that's when you become sick and fat.

It’s the dopamine which fuels your drive to go out and make a grab for the Haagen-Dazs or a Cinnabon and it’s also responsible for making you feel like nothing else will satisfy you. That's one seriously powerful brain chemical ...

Pair the delicious, palatable food with a powerful emotional stimuli—say, that wonderful memory of eating your mother’s pecan nut pie—and those powerful associations release so much dopamine that your reward circuits become totally and utterly hijacked and your willpower doesn’t stand a chance.

SOURCE: If We're So Smart, Why are We So Fat?
by Dr. Jonny Bowden - PhD, CNS, author: Unleash Your Thin
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Addictions, Alcoholism, All Addictions, Blood Sugar, Carbohydrates, Carbs, Dopamine, Drug Use, Food, Good Food, High Glycemic, Hormones, Loosing Weight, Love, Obese, Orgasm, Overweight, Pleasure, Sex, Smart

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author avatar sandy72300
19th Jun 2012 (#)

from 125-130lbs 4 yrs ago, i am now 180lbs after giving birth. i am so sad i want my old self back but cannot stop myself from eating too much even if im not that hungry. now i understand why. thanks for this very informative article.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Sandy, now you can get into a "Fair fight" and not with your one hand tied behind your back. As you can see, the article focuses on the cause rather than how to keep the pounds off. One point I found most helpful and vastly different from all the fad diets out there, is satiety, which loosely means, to fill your stomach with lots of good stuff before enjoying that "bad" snack. Best of luck in your quest :-))

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author avatar sandy72300
21st Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks Tranquilpen =)

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author avatar chrysolite
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Yes, very good article and so true. Add to this that some people react to the growth hormones in milk, etc. and all the other reasons there are ...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

You are so right off course Chrysolite, growth hormones in animal products generally are not good for human consumption. Too bad, that the average human beings are fully exposed to those dangers , having to buy food from cheaper stores, just to feed their families some basic foods.

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author avatar chrysolite
20th Jun 2012 (#)

I am one of those that react to growth hormones in milk products and other produce, so I've taken to producing my own food which, of course, led to an instant loss of 10 kg without me doing anything further!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Jun 2012 (#)

I did the same thing and the pounds dropped away by themselves, however, so many lack the willpower and will start snacking on the wrong food.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Fat means happy and -
when you happy-
you can't eat less-
That's why fat and laugh -
Walks together-
No matter if it affects whether-
you are smart or nut, rather
Wikinut!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Rez, I also used to believe that until recently it was found that fat people are actually among the saddest and most stressed out beings on the planet. Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar chrysolite
20th Jun 2012 (#)

I hope we can agree to differ on this. When I was fat, I was NOT happy because I didn't know where it came from. Now I know and changing my lifestyle I'm slim again (not skinny!) and very happy. As a fat person I could not do many things that slim person can do.

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author avatar sakshi narang
19th Jun 2012 (#)

M surprised because the the article deals with the same problem I am going through.
I keeps on eating even if I am not hungry and so helpless to control my habit.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Sakshi, All is not lost my friend, I wrote this article to do two things: (a) Show the true enemy dopamine and (b) Present a solution that is going to work for all serious people and it is not hard to do. Here is the solution: Satiety- thyis means, to fill your tummy with good stuff example a glass of water first then drink or eat the real thing, not sugar free and fat free, no, enjoy the real thing, just remember every time you want to snack on the wrong stuff, first drink a full glass of water. It will take about 21 days for this new habit to become part of your life, Perhaps you can let us know how it went by visiting this page again.good luck my friend.

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author avatar sakshi narang
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Thanks for your wishes sir...
I am trying hard. Hope for favorable results.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Good for you my dear just keep doing it one day at a time.:-))X

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author avatar Retired
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Good reminder about poor habits. Well done!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello 12 String, glad you enjoyed it, thank you for your positive comment.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Fascinating stuff Tranquilpen. You have performed a wonderful service to a lot of people with this very informative and helpful article. Kudos to you.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hi Steve Thank you for reading this article and for your heartfelt comments as always my good friend.

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author avatar chrysolite
20th Jun 2012 (#)

I do so agree!

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Jun 2012 (#)

So glad you do my friend.

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author avatar Jojay
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Great article, Tranquilpen! Every time I read you I learn something new, and there's a lot to be said for that. Congrat on Star Page.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Jojay, what a thoroughly nice thing to say my friend I can but strive. X

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author avatar Denise O
19th Jun 2012 (#)

Interesting read. Thank you for sharing. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Denise, so good to hear from you again, I have been so busy with other stuff offline and have not written much lately. So glad you enjoyed the article dear friend.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jun 2012 (#)

great article :0)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia

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author avatar Carol
20th Jun 2012 (#)

Some very wise words there Tranquilpen, I am guilty of some of those such as cereals, but do try to eat lots pf fruit and veg too.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Jun 2012 (#)

Hello Carol, glad you enjoyed the article.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
23rd Jun 2012 (#)

Great title - so inviting. And to use the word 'fat' was very brave and very clever in these PC days! Bravo, my friend.

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author avatar Stormie
7th Jul 2012 (#)

I just lean something new from reading your article. Thanks for sharing.

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