Food tastes blander
While it’s tempting to blame weight gain on loving the taste of food too much, it might not be true—in fact, it appears to be exactly the opposite. Inflammation from weight gain can reduce our taste receptors by 25 percent, according to a new study published in PLoS Biology. This may lead people to overeat even more, as they try to get the same flavor reward from their favorite foods that they used to, compounding the problem. So, what’s a weight-challenged foodie to do? Here are 12 foods that will turn your your meals into calorie burners.
Leaving the house suddenly feels terrifying
Feeling anxious? It turns out that gaining weight can increase anxiety levels, according to a study published in Menopause. Researchers found that women with a higher waist-to-height ratio were far more likely to suffer from anxiety than their peers. Losing weight helped lessen their symptoms, perhaps because dietary patterns can alter brain chemistry and the formulation of neurotransmitters like serotonin. Although serotonin is well known as a feel-good chemical “in the brain,” it’s estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract and influenced by microbes there, which are in turn influenced by the foods we eat. Here are 9 foods that calm anxiety (and three that make it worse).