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The Killer Combination of Salt, Fat and Sugar

Some scientists suggest that being overweight is your destiny -- if you’re fat, it’s because your body's "thermostat" is set high. If you lose weight, your body would try to get it back,.

But this theory doesn’t explain why so many people, in the U.S. and UK in particular, are getting significantly fatter. Three decades ago, fewer than one Briton in 10 was obese. One in four is today. It is projected that by 2050, Britain could be a "mainly obese society". Similar change have taken place in the U.S.

Higher sugar, fat and salt make you want to eat more. They stimulate neurons, cells that trigger the brain's reward system and release dopamine, a chemical that motivates your behavior and makes you want to eat more.

During the past two decades, there has been an explosion in our ability to access and afford what scientists call highly "palatable" foods.  To take back control:

  • Plan when and what you will eat
  • Practice portion control
  • List the foods and situations you can't control
  • Talk down your urges
  • Rehearse making the right choices
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