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The brain and obesity

Become a Health and Happiness Addict

When it comes to health and happiness you cannot think, you have to do. To do it correctly and consistently, you have to make it a party. Read More

Sounds to me like...

Sounds like what you're saying, in my very layman's terms, is that if you flood your brain with fun things, you'll get enough dopamine, and won't need to go to your addictions as much as you did previously to activate those rewards systems. And then you'll need less of what you were addicted to. Am I correct? Glenn

Thanks for commenting

Yes and no...What I am saying is that if you find things that you like to do, opposed to things that your supposed to do, for example, you're supposed to go to the gym, but you don't like the gym, whereas you like hiking or playing tennis, that you should flush the gym and play more tennis and hiking because you will become addicted to that healthy behavior, and the more you do that the sooner it goes from being goal directed, i.e., "I am doing this to achieve this goal.... to a stimulus response behavior... such as you walk into a room and hit the light switch because you want light.... goal directed.... but if the light bulb is burned out... you will often times just hit the light switch automatically because its a stimulus response behavior.... i.e. you walk in a room, you automatically hit the light switch..... so the goal here is to get your healthy behavior to be automatically hitting the light switch.... that automatically hitting the light switch occurs in the back of the striatum.... which releases more dopamine if the message to hit the light switch comes from the front of the striatum which is about anting and reward opposed to the cortex which is about thinking you need to do something.... but yeah in your "laymen terms".... you kind of nailed it.... if you figure out fun healthy things to do you can create an addiction to them that will be greater than your self-demoting addiction.... for example you can be addicted to food and alcohol, but you will prefer one to the other.... But you can't just replace addictions with fun things... you have to replace them with a stronger addiction... Thanks for commenting...

Now I see.

It's not just about having fun. It's about becoming addicted to the fun healthy thing. Thanks, Glenn


Although, it is always good to have as much healthy clean fun as possible. Have a great day Glenn!

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Billi Gordon, Ph.D., is  Co-Investigator in the  Ingestive Behaviors & Obesity Program, Center for the Neurobiology of Stress, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


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