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Gender Matters When Dieting

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Here’s one from the odd files: Women have a tougher time resisting the pull of their favorite snack foods than men, states new research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers asked 13 women and 10 men about their favorite foods, which were a variety of dishes and desserts, including lasagna, pizza, brownies, ice cream and fried chicken. Then, after the study subjects fasted for 20 hours, the researchers presented them with those favorite snacks. The men and women were allowed to smell and taste the food but not eat it. Finally, they were told to try to inhibit their desire to eat the food. Subsequent scans showed that women’s brains were more active—or, hungry—during this period of self-restraint, leading them to cave into their cravings faster.

So, give your wife or girlfriend a break and don’t tempt them with treats.

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David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Eating Out, Snacks, Dessert, Goals, Women