We all know those foods that keep us reaching for more. Before you know it you have consumed 2 -3 times more then you had originally intended. Fast food restaurants have found the best combination to keep you coming back. The sweetness of sugar combined with salt and fat produces a seductive lure that triggers your brain to eat even when you may be full!
The appetite is manipulated by these flavor combinations and your willpower doesn’t stand much of a chance after you’ve had a taste. The brain’s pleasure system is shot into nirvana, and then you crave to relive that moment of pleasure by eating the same junk food. But that doesn’t mean you’re powerless — knowing what foods trigger your bliss point will enable you to avoid them, and ultimately those cravings should vanish.
In his book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Kessler identifies some of the most blissful (and offensive) menu items. To see what they are, read more.
Classically comforting dishes like cheese fries, buffalo wings, chicken tenders, spinach dip, and potato skins, are all designed so you want to devour the entire plate. If moderation just isn’t an option when you’re presented with these foods, skip the order altogether and find a creative swap instead (source).
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identtify your trigger food but it does take some self control to avoid them. If you know you can’t stop at one serving then stay away from them at all costs. If you MUST have them, then just buy one serving; that way you can’t go back for more.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)