Revealed: How to train your brain to eat less sugar with the help of a computer game


Absolutely gutted with the stagnant needle on the weighing machine? There is no reduction in your weight and you know perhaps cutting down on the sugar consumption is one sure way of toning down – there is a computer game which can now come to the aid of the people struggling overcome their sugar addiction to shed weight and boost health.
This brain-training game targets that part of the brain which inhibits impulses by making players waddle through a grocery store by putting healthy food in a grocery cart and ignoring high sugar foods. For every healthy food, a point is awarded to the participant.
Now, this experiment has proved to be helpful as it has helped at least half of the 109 overweight participants, who were addicted to sugar, to lose almost 3.1 per cent of their body weight over a period of around two months. This study which is called Computerized Neurocognitive Training for Improving Dietary Health and Facilitating Weight Loss was published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine in March 2019.
“High sugar and fatty foods can cause cholesterol and triglycerides to rise, hence heart diseases. It will, later on, add to the sugar levels that may cause insulin fluctuations,” says Neha Arora, Delhi-based nutrition expert.
“It’s a part of the overarching cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) of which one of the types is computerized CBT. The idea is to correct your thinking process (cognitive) by using a computer-based tool. It’s all a part of the mobile health therapy that people are building on, for which you need to visit a doctor physically,” says Dr Rajesh Sagar, professor, psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
However, there are few experts who have asked for caution as it could provide an alternative and a different type of addiction.
“We also need to see how healthy is this approach in the long run as there is a risk of getting hooked to the computer game itself that again is not healthy,” says Delhi-based psychiatrist Pulkit Sharma.

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