It is virtually impossible to miss seeing images of delicious fattening foods. A recent study seems to prove that when people look at images of fattening foods they are likely to crave eating them. According to a recent local article viewing pictures of hamburgers, cupcakes and other high-calorie foods can ignite cravings for fattening foods, even more so if you are drinking a sweetened drink at the time, reported the study. Researchers from the University of Southern California discovered that consuming a sugary drink while looking at photos of fattening foods increases the appetite and reward portions of the brain which could be an explanation for the obesity epidemic that exist today. “Studies have shown that advertisements featuring food make us think of eating, but our research looked at how the brain responds to food cues and how that increases hunger and desire for certain foods,” said the study’s principal investigator, Kathleen Page, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the university’s Keck School of Medicine, in a university news release. “This stimulation of the brain’s reward areas may contribute to overeating and obesity, and has important public health implications,” said Page. Dr. Stuart Kincaid stresses to his plastic surgery patients that maintaining a stable weight after plastic surgery plays a large part in the longevity of the results. Patients who have had procedures including abdominoplasty or liposuction are most likely to see a change in their results if they gain a significant amount of weight. Dr. Stuart Kincaid explains to patients that after body contouring procedures it is possible to gain weight. Even though after liposuction fat cells have been removed, there are fat cells that remain and if those are overpowered patients can gain weight. It is also important after breast augmentation to maintain a stable weight. If patients gain a significant amount weight it is likely that their bust line will increase as well. If the increases significant there could be a new component of sagging to the breast. It is important for patients to understand that a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet and regular exercise is the best assurance that their plastic surgery results will last a lifetime.
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