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I knew it was my biology!

Sometimes those dietary temptations are just too hard to resist.

Finally science has proven my assertions to be true.

In a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Gene-Jack Wang of Brookhaven National Laboratory found that women's brain mechanisms for controlling food intake are dramatically different than men's, which makes them less able to inhibit their responses to foods.

In the study, 13 men and 10 women were quizzed about their favorite foods and then asked to fast overnight. They were also taught a technique called cognitive inibition to suppress thoughts of hunger and/or eating. The next day they underwent brain scans while implementing the technique and, at the same time, being offered their self-described favorite foods.

Both genders claimed that the inhibition technique decreased their hunger, and the brain scans did indeed show significant decrease in activity in the male brains. Such was not the case, however, in the female brains.

"Even though the women said they were less hungry when trying to inhibit their response to the food, their brains were still firing away in the regions that control the drive to eat," Wang said. "There is something going on in the female <brain>. The signal is so much different."

According to co-author, Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Addiction, the female brain is hard-wired to eat when foods are available because the traditional role of the female is to provide nutrition to children.

Wang and Volkow will next search to discover if female hormones are reacting directly with specific parts of the brain.

Which leads to something else I've always known...

It's my damn hormones!

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Tags: dieting, hormomes, hunger, nutrition, parenting, women

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