I wanted to comment on some bollocks I read in the Daily Mail today.
Basically, some study determined that the brain has two parts when it comes to willpower, 1) An "angel" side and 2) a "demon" side.
Apparently, people who are fat and have trouble dieting have more of the demn side, and thinner people with stronger willpower have a stronger influence of the angel side.
Simple eh? Well thats sorted then. In other words if you are overweight you are more weak willed then you skinny friends.
Finally, the study came to the conclusion that possibly if people are reminded how bad food is before they eat it they may be less likely to indulge........
What TOTAL CRAP!
Willpower only has a small part to play inlong term dieting. Of course willpower is required to make the decision to eat better and make better food choices but willpower can only last a certain amount of time.
In typical low calorie, low fat (and therefore high carb) diets people experience constant hunger and spend all day thinking about food. Hunger is a drive that is essential for human survival and has helped keep mankind alive for thousands of years. Therefore willpower is facing a constant battle against hunger, and will eventually cave in!
A low carb, higher fat diet is great because it satisfies the bodies hunger cravings which means a person is not thinking about food all day long so willpower is not involved
Of course willpower is still important in the long term, for instance when you go out to a restaurant you need to make good choices, but this willpower is only needed short term and any cravings pass.
In conclusion, articles like this place the blame entirely on a persons mental strength, if you are fat you are simply weak willed, a loser. They fail to take into account the metabolic processes that stimulate our most basic drives. Its not fair to label people this way.
Until the media explain eating behaviours based on hard science facts and not BS people will always be fighting a losing battle with their wills!