I've been eating 1.5 metric assloads of food a day recently (3500 calories/day, for those more familiar with imperial units). Eating bucketfuls of healthy
food requires quite some effort, and I've been managing it with the help of neuropsychology research findings :)
When a severe amnesiac (none other than H.M.
, human guinea pig extraordinaire, who deserves a fucking nobel prize or two, and without whom neuroscience would probably still be in its infancy) was fed a full meal, and was offered another one only a minute later
, he heartily ate it. And then a third, right after that
. After the third meal he began to feel full though. What this proves is that our notion of hunger is not based on the level of shit in our intestines, but based on our recollection of eating.
While surprising when discovered, this fact is by now well known; in fact standard recommendations from weight-loss advocates include buying smaller plates: if you eat a plateful of food, your brain thinks you're full, even if the plate was smaller. (If only more people knew what a ridiculously imprecise internal represenatation we have of ourselves and the world around us, there'd be a riot :-)
Anyway, I manage to fool my brain into underestimating my food consumption by dissolving a large quantity of oatmeal (full of low-GI carbs, the best for gaining weight) in a big bowl of water and drinking it in about 30 seconds, all the while trying to focus on anything but
the oatmeal. It works.