100 lb. Club - The thin brain vs. the fat brain

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09-12-2007, 10:08 AM
So this morning, the receptionist where I work brought in some store bought boxed doughnuts for my class today. She decided to put them out on a plate...and the proceeded to cut them all in 1/2. When I asked her why she was doing this, she said, well, people are more likely to pick up 1/2 a doughnut.

I have never eaten a 1/2 a doughnut in my life. These are not HUGE doughnuts, they are regular round cake doughnuts.

She is a naturally very thin person who often just skips lunch or has a yogurt because she isn't hungry. It's funny how to her a 1/2 a doughnut is a serving. And to me 2 doughnuts is a serving.

I think there is just a difference in our brains!

09-12-2007, 10:10 AM
I've always heard that a great way to lose weight is to "think like a thin person", lol...perhaps that's how it works.:p

Mrs Quadcrew
09-12-2007, 10:15 AM
I really think that is a big part of this battle, making our brains RE program how we look at food. I know for me, that has been what has gotten me this far - and for the first time, I know I will make it to my goals (AND more important - STAY there!) I HAD to make those changes in my mind, otherwise I would be well over 300 pounds for the rest of my life.

09-12-2007, 10:26 AM
i saw a neat thing on one of the medical shows, where they had MRIs of people's brains, and how the levels of dopamine, the "FUN & HAPPY" hormone, are released

they showed the response to alcohol, heroin, and food (for fat people) and the results were all pretty much the same GULP!!!

The more you eat, the more dopamine, more more more til the receptors are so overwhelmed you need more more MORE to feel the same buzz . . . . the good news is that ALL pleasureable things will release this good feeling, and that exercise can boost the # of receptors, so you need less dopamine to feel the same effects....

so let's all have tons of sex and exercise!!! yay!!!!

09-12-2007, 10:26 AM
Im with you Sandi. I have to stay away from trigger foods like donuts or I would binge on them. I couldnt have just a 1/2 or even 1. Id need 2 or 3 so I stay far, far, away. I need a thin brain too.

09-12-2007, 11:21 AM
so let's all have tons of sex and exercise!!! yay!!!!

Here here! :cheers:


09-12-2007, 11:25 AM

09-12-2007, 12:07 PM
ROFL! Y'all made me snort water from laughing so hard!!!

09-12-2007, 12:10 PM
Here´s the weird thing, I think my brain has changed a bit.

A couple of examples:

- My favorite breakfast over here used to be chicharrones, or fried pork with fried sweet potatoes between a big french roll. Last week I tried to have one, but I could only eat two bites before I felt disgustingly full.

- My rice portions were out of control. Easily two to two and a half cups of white rice. Now I keep myself to about half a cup, even when I´m in a restaurant and they serve me the full out serving of rice.

- About a month ago I had three cheetoes. I didn´t think that was possible. I have friends who don´t believe me.

- I haven´t eaten a doughnut since January.

Wow, I´m turning weird...

09-12-2007, 01:48 PM
Ha.. 1/2 a doughnut is only one bite! I'm with you 2 or 3 doughnuts is a serving lol
I always found/find it odd when eating near skinny people. They'll have a 1/4 or 1/2 of the meal and push the plate away?!?! And I'm thinking "whats wrong with them?" I'm just starting to realize that there is nothing "wrong" with them there is something WRONG with ME. Eating until I feel sick isnt normal. I'm getting much better but its really difficult!

09-12-2007, 02:22 PM
My first thought was that she was just cheap and trying to stretch them.

Gonna work on my fat brain right after I work on my snarky brain.

09-12-2007, 02:38 PM
- About a month ago I had three cheetoes. I didnīt think that was possible. I have friends who donīt believe me.

- I havenīt eaten a doughnut since January.

Wow, Iīm turning weird...

only if weird is the new AWESOME!!! :carrot::carrot:

wanna b thin
09-12-2007, 05:45 PM
It has taken me a long time to be able to take just a small portion of anythng good or to actually eat part of a meal and push the rest away. It is very hard to reprogram the bain for all the bad things we have done for so many years.

09-12-2007, 07:08 PM
I always found/find it odd when eating near skinny people. They'll have a 1/4 or 1/2 of the meal and push the plate away?!?! And I'm thinking "whats wrong with them?" I'm just starting to realize that there is nothing "wrong" with them there is something WRONG with ME.

I have felt the same way! It always made me angry when my thin friends would stop eating with food left over on their plate. It made me feel bad about myself because I couldn't find the strength to stop myself. I cleaned the plate. It was always so embarrassing to me when a waiter/waitress would clear the table and make a stupid remark like, "You didn't like that at all, did you? heh, heh..." Grrrr.....

I think part of it was that I felt for the longest time that I was missing the full sensor other people had. No matter how much I ate, I could always keep going, always wanted more. A bottomless pit. Eating less, eating slower, cutting out binging, cutting out fast food, etc. has made a difference. I do feel fullness now. And I do stop eating when I feel that. Amazing!

09-12-2007, 07:20 PM
Here's my popcorn story: My friend has been small all her life. In college she weighed under 100 pounds, but not because she was trying to--she is just a small-boned person and naturally thin.

When she eats popcorn, she picks up *a* piece of popcorn. She then bites it in half and eats that half, then she eats the rest of the piece. Sometimes she even bites it in thirds if it's a big piece. A bowl of popcorn lasts her the whole night! Only, usually she doesn't finish a whole bowl--gets tired of it.

And how do you eat popcorn? I used to eat it by putting as much popcorn into my mouth as I could. I would be chewing that while I reached for the next handful.

I've made myself learn to eat it my friend's way--and it really does last a lot longer and is more satisfying as a result. :corn:


09-12-2007, 07:42 PM
I want a skinny brain!! But, not all skinny people are small eaters, I have some skinny friends that can polish off more than me, how is that fair!

09-12-2007, 07:56 PM
wow, yeah... I still don't think I have a skinny brain. I've changed MANY of my habits and don't crave the same kind of food I used to, but if confronted with a plate full of 1/2 donuts... and if I had one... I would most certainly want another, and another... yeah...

I don't know that I will ever have that skinny brain in that regard... Best I can hope for is to pretend to act like a skinnier person as often as I can...

09-12-2007, 08:01 PM
puboochu99, I truly believe that in time binge eating will catch up with EVERYONE... in some way or another. It might not manifest itself as extra pounds but eating like a cow can't be good for anyone.

My mom is a very slim, active person and sometimes when she came to visit we would take the kids to McD's, (not anymore) and she always ordered something SO tiny like just a little snack wrap OR a small fry. My parents are well off but very budget-minded so I always thought she did that just to save money! Ha ha! She just did that because she has a "normal" brain and that's how much seemed like a normal portion to her! I am so silly.

09-12-2007, 08:31 PM
Heather, I'm with you. I don't have a skinny brain, but I'm fakin' it for all I'm worth.

A few years ago, I was ordering lunch for some girls that were volunteering for us at my job. One of the wanted a hamburger and I noticed a quarter pound was the same price, so I ordered a quarter pounder, thinking "oh wow, more food for the same price" (my fat brain talking). The girl interrupted me and said "oh, no Ms. Tammy, I couldn't eat all of that, I just want a regular hamburger" (her skinny brain talking). I couldn't fathom it at the time.

09-12-2007, 08:44 PM
i could only have half a doghnut if i got the bit with the jam in. if not i'd be searching till it got it

09-12-2007, 08:46 PM
interesting quote there miss tammy. about the more food for the same price. i think the world is against people getting thin.

09-12-2007, 10:29 PM
I'm currently in the process of trying to train my brain to think like a thin person. So I'm trying to limit myself to food that is good for me, but that I don't like. I don't know how long it will take or if I will succeed, but I am finding that I eat slower and I stop when I get full. And who knows, maybe I'll learn to actually like them!

This week it's broccoli and cauliflower. So far so good - even though I have this on-going urge to check to make sure I don't have any little green specs in-between my teeth!

09-13-2007, 02:28 AM
I don't know that I will ever have that skinny brain in that regard... Best I can hope for is to pretend to act like a skinnier person as often as I can...

This is one area that "fake it 'till you make it" will be absolutely effective. I fake it too, especially when I'm out with my very thin family. I just eat like they eat and I'm satisfied. It's starting to teach me to do it even when I'm not with them.

09-13-2007, 09:18 AM
I have learned to eat like a thinner person, but I don't know that I'll ever turn off the fat brain that WANTS more. I just have to try to resist it. Some days it's easier than others.

09-13-2007, 09:37 AM
And isn't it funny how some days are easier than others. I didn't even take a second look at those donuts yesterday, and they are (were) my favorite. But I was able to walk right past. I think much of that is hormonal.

I feel embarrassed sometimes when I dine with skinny people - like at our work Christmas lunches. Everyone is ordering soup and salads and I order a steak sandwich with fries. Hmmmm - what's the problem here. But I have never been one not to be true to myself, I will not order a salad just to save face.

09-13-2007, 09:44 AM
I definitely am NOT programmed to have a skinny brain! I LOVE food. HALF a donut? You have GOT to be KIDDING ME!!! I force myself to have a skinny brain, though - for instance, yesterday I went to Dunkin Donuts and got my girlfriend four donuts. Two of them were sugared risen, one vanilla cream, and one chocolate cream. I had one bite (I mean, literally 1/8 of the donut if even) of the vanilla cream because that's my favorite and had her eat the rest. She finished all the donuts throughout the evening. She doesn't have a skinny brain either, just a skinny body :lol:

I do, however, enjoy a variety of foods. When I was heavier, I would eat large portions of a variety of foods, but now I just eat small bites and I can put the rest away and nibble on something else. Plus, overeating makes me SICK now... I'm really happy about that because whenever I WANT to overeat, I'll think of how CRAPPY I'll feel for the rest of the day! :D

Mrs Quadcrew
09-13-2007, 10:17 AM
I am still to this day a volume eater. I like LOTS of food, always have, always will. I now eat tons of vegies and things that are better for me than I used to. I still amaze my MIL and DH - I can eat them both under the table. Nothing I am proud of, but I know what satisfies me....I will always eat 3 or 4 plates of food at the buffet table, but now it is 3-1/2 plates of vegies and 1/2 plate of good protein. Yep, I am retraining my brain. It WILL be a skinny one!!

09-13-2007, 10:27 AM
Me too, Mrs. Quadcrew. I STILL have to have volume. That's why I stick to vegetables and a big reason Fiber bars and 100 calorie packs just don't work for me.

I definitely still have that fat brain. It's not second nature to me to choose the salad instead of the pasta. I have to make a conscious effort to do so. I do it, but it's thought out, it doesn't come naturally.

So, yeah, I'm with you guys. I need to "fake it".

This reminds me of a book I've started reading. "The Beck Diet Solution". I'm only a couple of chapters into it and am in no rush to get through it. But it's all about retraining your brain and thinking like a thin person. I like it very, VERY much so far. From what I can see there are some very useful tools in there.

09-13-2007, 11:03 AM
I am also very much a volume eater. I literally could overeat on Lettuce. Like on one of my wt. loss shows I watch, a man couldn't understand why he wasn't losing weight cause all he ate was oranges. But , he was eating a couple cases of oranges a day. Yep, that's me.

The only way I ever ate 1/2 of a donut is if it was the last one in the box. LOL.