You know how we always say that diet is a four-letter word? Well, turns out that’s not just a cute saying. According to new weight-loss research, when you let yourself get too hungry, your brain cells start eating themselves. EATING THEMSELVES! They become like little creepy, hungry cannibals.
The report in the August issue of the journal Cell Metabolism says that when we don’t eat, hunger-inducing neurons in the brain start eating bits of themselves, which—get this—then makes us more hungry. So, in a nutshell, our brain cells go all cannibalistic and then we become so hungry that we feel like eating our own arm (maybe that’s where that expression comes from!). Or an entire cow. Or a tub of ice cream. You know, whatever your vice is.
So what does this new research tell us? Don’t starve yourself. Honor that hunger and nourish your body and your brain with healthy foods every few hours. Your brain is at stake, people! —Jenn