In a Perfect World, ‘Eat Normally’ Means the Following
Posted Nov 14 2012 5:00am
Here’s the way it should
You put the food in your
mouth. Your brain then registers the taste and texture of what you’re eating.
The fats and sugars you’re eating promote eating more. Then you swallow your
food and it enters the gastrointestinal tract. As your stomach distends, the
volume of the food you’ve ingested is relayed to your brain. Gastric signals of
‘growing full’ begin to conflict with the ‘eat more’ signals coming from the
food in your mouth. The chemicals and nutrients of the food in the
gastrointestinal tract lead to the release of peptides and neurotransmitters
that send ‘I’m satisfied with what I ate’ signals to your brain. These signals inhibit
your eating to the point where you stop eating. You feel fed to satisfaction,
and then you can go from the end of this meal to the start of your next meal
without feeling the need to eat more in between.