It\u2019s summer! You know what that means: sun, sand and\u2026 swimsuit season. Luckily you\u2019ve been making healthy food decisions this whole year in preparation for these few months of sunshine\u2026 right? No? Okay, well you\u2019re not fully to blame.\nIt\u2019s your brain. Your pesky brain has been making food decisions without your approval and \u2014 even worse \u2014 convincing you that they were your idea. In fact, the brain does this in various situations\u201495 percent of decisions are subconscious \u2014 but these executive decisions are increasingly significant when it comes to food.\nFood-related Decisions\nDid you know that you make more than 200 food-related decisions daily? When polled, people estimated that they made fifteen, but when monitored, an individual makes an average of 221 food decisions daily.\nThis number is shocking \u2014 there\u2019s no way you deliberate that much over the fruit cup or side salad \u2014 but when you factor in details like where, when, what, how much, and with whom, it\u2019s easy to see how the thoughts add up.\nDid you know that you make more than 200 food-related decisions daily? Click To Tweet\nAccording to a study, brain activity precedes movements and even the decision to make those movements. In light of this, scientists have studied this process in terms of how the brain makes food decisions.\nThe brain is able to comprehend information about taste more easily than information about health; taste is a familiar experience but health is a vague concept. As a result, we often go for the tasty but nutritionally deficient doughnut over the banana. Subconsciously, we prefer foods with higher caloric content (those survival instincts), are willing to pay more for them, and will even choose them over something tasty.\nSubconscious Food Decisions and Weight Management\nSo how do these subconscious food decisions affect weight management? It differs from person to person, based on one\u2019s self-control and understanding of health. It appears that those more concerned with losing or maintaining weight are more likely to eat based on the caloric content rather than health, often times leading to weight gain rather than loss.\nTo maximize your potential for leading a healthy lifestyle, focus on the short and long-term benefits of a healthy lifestyle for motivation to change your behavior. It is important to understand the concepts of health and nutrition, and to think about them positively. By doing so, you will hopefully be motivated to change out your behavior and make healthier, happier food decisions!\nFor more details on how and why your brain chooses food, check out this study by the Health Sciences Academy.