We've all heard the reasons why dieting can be unhealthy. Most nutritionists will tell you that eating the right food in the right quantity is far more beneficial for health than going on some fad diet, but researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have a new reason why you shouldn't diet. Dieting causes the brain to eat itself. Om, nom, nom.
Published in the journal Cell Metabolism
, the researchers found that in mice, neurons in the hypothalamus start to eat their own organelles (interior parts of a cell) and proteins when the animals are deprived of food. Now, the body cannibalizing itself isn't something new, when the body is starving cells will start consuming pieces of themselves in a process known as autophagy
, but until now, it was believed that the brain was resistant to this process.