How many times have you heard the adage, “eat less, exercise more” in regard to healthy living? Well, perhaps the age-old saying is incomplete. A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that foods high on the glycemic index can spike cravings to overeat later particularly in obese patients. In the case of this study, it isn’t a matter of eating less, its a matter of eating better.

The study found links between metabolism and the brain’s neurotransmitters, causing some people to be more susceptible to overeating after indulging in high-glycemic foods compared to others. Eating high-glycemic foods caused the brain to be noticeably affected in the areas that regulate cravings, reward, and addictive behaviors. (This article summarizes the results of the study.)

In other words, it isn’t about how much or how little you eat, but about how well you eat. Consider your brain intrinsically linked to your metabolism, which is intrinsically linked to your weight. Eat smart!

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