When you go on a diet, nothing is more difficult than trying to keep it. Especially when a beautiful glazed donut presents itself to you in a bakery window. But hard as it may be, don’t reach for it. Sounds like a big “duh” right? Well a new study shows that the donut may be worse for your diet than you think.
According to the results of the study, performed by researchers from the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, processed carbohydrates can activate the regions of the brain involved in hunger, craving, and reward, especially in subjects currently dieting. Processed carbs are found in sugary foods and drinks, as well as many grain products such as white bread or bagels. The high glycemic content in said foods can cause spikes in blood sugar levels followed hours later by dramatic drops in blood sugar, leading the brain to believe it needs more food in total. This, in fact, is what leads to people eating more calories than they would like.
So the next time your stomach rumbles and your diet looks to be in danger because of that sweet treat, keep in mind these findings and reach for a healthier alternative instead. Because eating while dieting is fine, as long as it’s the right food.