Weight Loss Maintenance: Scientists Discover Gene To Prevent Overeating, But In The Meantime, Here&#
Updated: Mar 28, 2019
Is overeating a problem for you? Then you may be interested in a recent study from Monash University in Melbourne and the University of Copenhagen. The team of international researchers claim to have found a gene that triggers fullness, and hope that further investigation could lead to better ways to stop binging. While we wait for a specific treatment, we've listed below several other ways to prevent you from overindulging.
The gene was discovered in roundworms and controls signals between the brain and the intestines, The Independent reported. The team believe the gene is responsible for not only triggering the feeling of fullness, but also may be involved with the need to sleep after eating, an instinct shared by many animals that occurs only when the body has stored enough fat.
Although a discovery about roundworm genetics may not seem to apply to human biology, lead research Dr. Roger Pocock explained that his animals actually share up to 80 percent of their genes with humans and serve as a “great model system” to better understand our own health, The Independent reported.
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Although still very early in the research, Pocock and his team hope their discovery will help to pave the way for either a drug or treatment that will aid people in weight loss. In the meantime, here are three tried and tested techniques that may help you eat less.
1.USE SMALLER PLATES
Though it may sound too good to be true, a 2006 study found that both children and adults tend to serve themselves based on how much room they have to fill on their plates. This means that simply using smaller dining ware can result in eating less food.
2. DRINK MORE WATER
According to A Healthier Michigan, 60 percent of the time we feel hungry, it’s actually because we are thirsty. Experts say four to six glasses is ideal, but there is too much of a good thing, so don’t go overkill on the water consumption. Too much water can actually over-hydrate the body, which in extreme cases may even lead to death.
3. MOVE YOUR BODY
Exercise may seem like the solution to just about everything, and it probably is. A 2012 study found that exercising could significantly reduce the brain’s response to food. In addition, according to A Healthier Michigan, your physical activity doesn’t have to be a 10 mile run. Simply doing anything else may be enough to take your mind off your hunger pangs, and get you through that snacking urge, at least until your next meal time.