Fitness Friday: Rats Starve Rather Than Eat Healthy Food
Plus, I sense you are all getting tired of hearing about the size of my rear end. So I’m giving you a little break. As I’ve stated so many times, Fitness Friday is not about me…it’s about you.
All you, all the time.
Speaking of you, my personal trainer and I have come up with a new plan to blast my fat. Can’t wait to see if it works and share it with YOU!
This from the “I-think-I-already-knew-that-but-I’m-so-glad-someone-proved-it-in-a-rat-study” files:
A new study performed on rats suggests junk food is highly addictive.
Scripps Florida scientists Paul Kenny and Paul Johnson tell the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that junk food changed the rats’ brain chemistry in the same way that chronic cocaine use alters an addicts brain functions.
In the experiment, one group of rats was given healthy, nutritionally balanced food. A different group was given “unlimited access to the worst stuff Johnson could find at [the supermarket] Publix, including bacon, sausage, cheesecake, pound cake, Ding Dongs and frosting,” reports the Sun-Sentinel.
The junk food group gained weight and became less active. “More surprisingly, the fat rats exhibited the sort of self-destructive behavior associated with human junkies. The rats would eat junk food even if they knew doing so would result in a mild but distinctly uncomfortable electrical shock to their feet,” reports the Sun-Sentinel.
The scientists then replaced the unhealthy food with the healthy diet of the first group of rats, and the fat rats refused to eat at all.
This sounds like some serious rat eating disorder, if there ever was one! I wonder if the rats tried ever tried any fad-rat diets to take off the weight. Like Ratkins. Get it? RAT-kins??? Like Adkins for a rat?????
Junk food alters the brain’s chemistry by releasing dopamine that would normally be released when having sex, snorting cocaine or eating a rich dessert, say the scientists. The junk food-addicted rats learned that the easiest way to experience pleasure was by eating high-calorie, high-fat food.
Researchers want to point out, this is an animal study not a human study, so the findings may not apply to humans.
Ummmm…Dear Research People, no worries: it definitely applies to humans. Some months back, I conducted my own study involving Cheddar Cheese SunChips. I was the sole participant in the study. Just me and my SunChips. I opened the bag, yet failed to measure out the serving size indicated on the nutrition label—I committed the mortal sin of calorie-counting and proper portion-sizing. I left the bag wide open on the table while I ate lunch. Just sitting there open. Wide.
The last thing I remember I was running toward the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. “Goodnight said the night man. We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
Then I wrote a blog post with a really bad joke and the word “Ratkins” in it.
More recently, just last week at an undisclosed location for my son’s Cub Scout event, I saw this in front of me.
I don’t know what this proves, except that one should look to see what is printed on the back of one’s chair before sitting in it, lest some insensitive health nut with her dopamine inhibitor still suppressed from Cheddar Cheese SunChips and a bit bitter about a stubborn 12 to 18 pounds sits behind you with a camera, takes a picture of your rear end, and posts it on the internet because she thinks it’s funny that the back of your chair says “Body Recall.”
And that concludes the world’s longest run-on sentence and the world’s worst joke in the very same post. You’re welcome.
This is not the only study suggesting that food can be addictive. Corsica JA and Pelchat ML from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago published an article in the March 2010 issue of Current Opinion in Gastroenterology reviewing previous studies and identifying many foods that can be addictive including sweets, carbohydrates, fats, sweet/fat combinations, possibly processed and/or high salt foods, and Cheddar Cheese SunChips.
I added that last one, having conducted my own study, and all. The good news is,if my book deal doesn’t work out, I can always submit articles to Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. That will attract large speaking engagements. And build my platform.
sandy, you are hilarious. i think i laughed out loud at least 6 times while reading your wonderful post. Thanks for risking your weight journey, by willingly doing the sun chip study, just for us! You better be careful, or you'll have to build a bigger platform. (see we all can give bad jokes.)
have a blessed easter weekend.
This was worth the afternoon wait 🙂 I don't just agree, but can completely confirm that junk food is highly addictive! I've fallen off the healthy eating wagon and am running to jump back on! It's so hard with the 15,000 daily temptations wrapped up in such pretty packages. Is the answer to completely give it up and not go back at all, even for occasional treats? I'm starting to think it has to be all or nothing for me and it's kind of depressing. Especially if you look at all the tempting dessert pictures on my blog. How can I be a baker if I never try the food? (Isn't there a shoemaker/feet never shod kind of reference here?!?) Would love to read your thoughts especially as Easter chocolate is calling my name. 🙁
Oh my…I could be that rat!!! Just returned from the mission trip to Vietnam. Ate skinny-cause they do. Now I am home-cheeseburgers baby and lots of them!
(trip was amazing the reading material-fabulous!!)
Sandy, sweet Sandy . . . O the Lord must have wonderful plans for you. Your humor, your wit, you honesty – what a gift! I so much look forward to reading your blog because God uses your posts to lighten my spirit and give me encouragement.
Can't wait for the world to catch some of this in your first book!Amen?
oh boy, that was the funniest picture I've seen in a while and the funniest run-on sentence I've read all day! Thanks for the laughs…
You guys are all hilarious.
Mindy, it's all or nothing for me, too, I think. The really funny thing is that when I originally read your comment, I, too, was eating easter candy!!! Too funny. I'm on vacation, so I'm relaxing my eating rules quite a bit. I'm realizing bad eating breeds more bad eating. It's hard for me to eat just one scoop of ice cream. I want the whole container and I want to finish licking the remains of everyone else's.
I love all of you!!!
Bayli and I love the pics. lol