I've been reading the January edition of Reader's Digest. The cover caught my attention in the Eye Doctor's office (luckily it was in Large Print since he put drops in my eyes and I was not seeing clear at all). This time of the year, there is always much talk about diet and the article about "13 things no one ever tells you about weight loss" had lots of good information. The two that really caught my attention were "Cookie really are addictive" and "Pick a diet, any diet!" According to the Brookhaven National Laboratory, obese people have fewer dopamine receptors that help people feel pleasure and require more food to gain pleasure. I'm wondering if when you lose weight, you gain more dopamine receptors? I'm thinking not, since I can still easily eat my way through a thin mint sleeve in a matter of minutes and then feel awful afterwards. Really, I don't do that, but I can tell you I have thought about it. "Pick a diet, any diet" talked about four basic rules that apply to most successful diet plans. It ain't rocket science and it's easy to lose weight when the rules are followed. Whole grains, avoid trans fat, eat lean protein and fill up on fruits and veggies. It actually didn't mention anything about exercise! This can be done without exercise? Absolutely, but the movement helps make it easier, healthier, and faster in my opinion.
Now that I know cookies are addictive, I've off to make a batch that we put together for Christmas presents along with the soup mixes.