Appetite and Your Brain
From my last blog, you may be asking, "If my brain controls it all, then why do my senses, these physical sensations and reactions I cannot control, still increase my appetite?" Well they can. If you smell something delicious, it can increase your desire for that food, certainly. But only if your brain allows you to process that stimulated sense (mmm... smell something good...) into an increased appetite. Our senses, although they are physical sensations, are still processed through our neurological system (our brain.)
Think about when your stomach is empty and you feel hungry, and someone in the kitchen has made your favorite meal.... BUT... you have the stomach flu. You are nauseated and have no desire to eat that food; even as hungry as you are, you have no appetite. Although your sense of smell is stimulated (dinner smells delicious), the body knows your digestive system cannot handle any more food, so it sends a message to the brain *feel nauseated*, so the brain
will control your appetite. Likewise, what about when you're full and you still want to eat more? Everyone with any kind of serious weight issue knows what I am talking about. You physically are full, yet your desire for more food is very real. It is not your stomach, but your brain, controlling your appetite. Ultimately the brain processes all the senses, stimulation, and messages and controls your appetite.
You know that you can lose weight if you can control your appetite. And you CAN control your appetite if you can control your brain. How can you control your brain? By creating new patterns in it. Create new patterns in your brain for your brain to follow by training the brain. Not by tricking it, not by lying to it, not by trying to deny it. Train the brain to think truthfully and logically in regards to food and appetite, bringing respect, understanding and awareness to the forefront of your mind.
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Shelley Johnson is the Creator & Founder of The Losing Coach®.