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Want to Lose Weight? Then Eat

People who are trying to lose weight are bound to have food on their minds. So scientists at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, England, are going with that urge and working to develop foods that will make you feel full. They're hoping to create foods that will slow down the digestive system in order to naturally trigger the brain to suppress the appetite. From breads to yogurt, they'll be able to create foods that trick the brain into thinking you've eaten a ton when you really haven't. The idea here is to make dieting easier, and modified foods like these could hit the shelves within a few years.

Scientists all over the world are getting on board this appetite-controlling boat, and some are working on injections or implantable devices to help people feel full and lose weight. I'm all for putting an end to the obesity epidemic that continues to rise, but this idea seems a little deceptive. We all know that diets don't work and that healthy lifestyles complete with regular exercise and a nutritious, low-calorie diet are the way to go. If these modified foods switch off people's appetites and encourage them to eat a lot less, then what happens when they lose weight and go back to their regular eating habits? I'm also concerned about regulation of these foods. What if young girls or people suffering from eating disorders get a hold of them? Am I right to be skeptical, or do you think these appetite-suppressing foods are the next best thing for weight loss?

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mtiger mtiger 7 years
You should just eat foods that naturally keep you full. Generally, I've found that all these foods like on the outside ailes of the grocery store.
awkwardturtle awkwardturtle 7 years
yeah no i think if you eat in moderation and exercise you should be fine. this just sounds wrong
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
Actually, I recently started eating breakfast -a fter years of almost NEVER doing so - regularly eating breakfast has me losing weight that I'm not even trying to lose!!
hepsmom hepsmom 7 years
How about there are already foods like this? Oatmeal, Greek-style organic yogurt, and green leafies do this for me. Eat real foods! Boo on going to a lab to make something to eat. Go to the produce section, farmers' market and your grocery store, for crying outloud!
hepsmom hepsmom 7 years
How about there are already foods like this? Oatmeal, Greek-style organic yogurt, and green leafies do this for me. Eat real foods! Boo on going to a lab to make something to eat. Go to the produce section, farmers' market and your grocery store, for crying outloud!
EmyAnne EmyAnne 7 years
This is insane. People do not need fake foods to help them feel full to loose weight. Just eat HEALTHY food and you will feel full and loose weight. This is silly!
Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 7 years
Anorexics and bulimics are already successful with their disgusting little tricks, so this won't make them worse. Overweight people really do have larger stomachs, and hunger is a signal that evolution has hard-wired in us so we eat. It's cruel to expect larger people to diet, living on salad and smaller portions that leave them feeling hungry. Let us make it easier for them until their stomachs shrink, and then they can eat moderately without feeling hungry. I practice moderation by eating meals full of fiber and drinking tons of water, and these are tricks or habits that make me stay full, so I stay away from sugar. I say, whatever works!
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I too am a bit uneasy about this. Something about chemically enhancing (Or whatever they're doing!) food doesn't sound too appetizing at all. And something tells me that this isn't going to help the whole obesity epidemic. Most people I know still eat, no matter how full they get. Emileigh is right, it's all psychological for most. Oh and even if this did work, I have an odd feeling that the "Enhanced Food" would be beastly expensive.
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I too am a bit uneasy about this. Something about chemically enhancing (Or whatever they're doing!) food doesn't sound too appetizing at all. And something tells me that this isn't going to help the whole obesity epidemic. Most people I know still eat, no matter how full they get. Emileigh is right, it's all psychological for most. Oh and even if this did work, I have an odd feeling that the "Enhanced Food" would be beastly expensive.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
well i think that we've heard about the bars that supposedly do this, and i'm really skeptical about that. i think that if you make people feel like they have this false sense of security with being able to eat things that will make them full, then you're not teaching moderation or healthy means to an end. i think that there's something to be said about just having an education about how to eat properly to lose rather than find the trick foods.
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 7 years
I don't like the idea of "tricking" our brains...artificial sweeteners, artificial fats, and now this? People should focus more on the quality of their food rather than the quantity. Too many people starve themselves to lose weight as it is, now they just won't know they're starving.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm with Spectra on this. There are natural foods that already does that trick -- whole grains, fibrous fruit and vegetables, lean meat, nuts, beans, etc. They make one feel full with moderate servings. Also, most of these foods are low-glycemic so they slowly raise the blood sugar, so the person doesn't get the quick sugar spike (and sudden drop that triggers the appetite).Trust me, these foods work. My diet consists of only low-glycemic foods. I eat about 1900 calories a day, and there are days, I have to force myself to eat that amount (because I don't want to lose any more weight). I've recently dropped to a size 2 (junior size), and trying to get back to a size 4. I'm petite, and I think I look more womanly as a size 4.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm with Spectra on this. There are natural foods that already does that trick -- whole grains, fibrous fruit and vegetables, lean meat, nuts, beans, etc. They make one feel full with moderate servings. Also, most of these foods are low-glycemic so they slowly raise the blood sugar, so the person doesn't get the quick sugar spike (and sudden drop that triggers the appetite). Trust me, these foods work. My diet consists of only low-glycemic foods. I eat about 1900 calories a day, and there are days, I have to force myself to eat that amount (because I don't want to lose any more weight). I've recently dropped to a size 2 (junior size), and trying to get back to a size 4. I'm petite, and I think I look more womanly as a size 4.
DeeMarie DeeMarie 7 years
We don't know how processed it will be... I'm from Minnesota and we "create" different varieties of apples which are very healthy. I think this is a good idea...and if people feel full they will eat less. Also, if the foods are healthy, why would you have to stop eating them when you got to your goal weight?
emileigh emileigh 7 years
"Hunger" and "appetite" get used interchangeably, but they're two different things. Hunger is the physical need for food, but appetite is the psychological desire to eat. It sounds like these new foods would work to suppress hunger, but many overweight people overeat for emotional reasons, not physical ones. Feeling full won't solve the core issue.
drbenadkins drbenadkins 7 years
I think that when we start moving away from good old diet and exercise, we start opening doors to things we shouldn't. The majority of people just need to take a look at their daily habits and modify the bad ones. Radical procedure and diets aren't for the majority of folks and its scary that we seem to be trending that direction. Dr. Ben
drbenadkins drbenadkins 7 years
I think that when we start moving away from good old diet and exercise, we start opening doors to things we shouldn't.The majority of people just need to take a look at their daily habits and modify the bad ones. Radical procedure and diets aren't for the majority of folks and its scary that we seem to be trending that direction.Dr. Ben
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Great, just what we need...even MORE processed food in our diets. I'm totally against this because there are a ton of all-natural foods that make you feel full and slow down your digestive system. Eat fruits and vegetables with a little lean protein and you will stay full for hours.
deanna024 deanna024 7 years
Have we, as the human species, really changed so much biologically that we need all these new "created" foods just to maintain normal weights?Or is it because the foods we eat and our environments have changed?
deanna024 deanna024 7 years
Have we, as the human species, really changed so much biologically that we need all these new "created" foods just to maintain normal weights? Or is it because the foods we eat and our environments have changed?
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I too am skeptical about this... created just freaks me out a bit
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I too am skeptical about this... <em>created</em> just freaks me out a bit
aksis aksis 7 years
I agree. It can never be good in the long run if it is artificial. It'll just be another overprocessed food. Plus, the problem with overeating is not necessarily feeling full or not - which most people can't really tell anyway - but wanting to eat more. Eating for the sake of eating. I know I'm satisfied with a normal portion, and am capable of simply not eating more just because I feel like it, but for others this is impossible. So, feeling full or not won't make any difference to them. It's all in the head!
aksis aksis 7 years
I agree. It can never be good in the long run if it is artificial. It'll just be another overprocessed food. Plus, the problem with overeating is not necessarily feeling full or not - which most people can't really tell anyway - but wanting to eat more. Eating for the sake of eating.I know I'm satisfied with a normal portion, and am capable of simply not eating more just because I feel like it, but for others this is impossible. So, feeling full or not won't make any difference to them.It's all in the head!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I agree. If the food has to be created, then doesn't that make it completely artificial?
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