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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT BASICS #17: FOOD, MOOD, AND CARBOHYDRATES- Trigger foods reduce stress and improve mood and refined carbohydrates are the champions when it comes to inducing pleasure through the production of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. The addictive compulsion to eat Trigger foods affect some people with true food addictions through the actions of dopamine on the Reward Center in the brain, but refined carbs like colas and soft drinks, cakes, cookies, and pastries make most people feel better through its action on serotonin. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter increased by popular antidepressants (like Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro and Celexa) that are used to fight common stress-related depression called atypical depression. Many overweight and obese individuals have mild depression and we all have episodes of “down moods”. Refined carbs and sugar increase the entry into the brain of an amino acid called Tryptophan which gets converted to serotonin. Some people get a more pronounced pleasure effect and call themselves “carb addicts”. Part of this may be genetic and part is clearly a learned behavior. Cut down on unnecessary carbs like the extra basket of bread or chips at the restaurant while you are waiting for your food to arrive or the afternoon cookies at a work break to change this behavior. Have Protein-Rich shakes for breakfast and for an afternoon snack which will help keep your hunger under control by providing amino acids that promote appetite control in the brain. When you are not hungry, you have the mental ability to make the right decision and can follow a program of Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle. Reduce your stress and change your habits using techniques I will describe in my next few posts – so stay tuned!! #drdavidheber #carbs #mood #behavior to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com and Read PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND TRANSFORMATION available on Amazon.com for $5.49.