Limitless – Hungry brain

In last few days I’ve been watching the series Limitless. I’ve got to say that I loved it, in my opinion, it was better than the movie. Brian Finch (played by Jake McDorman) is so darn adorable.

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But that’s not the point of this post… The thing is that mid-season I realized that Brian doesn’t have the need for huge amounts of food, even though his brain is working on 100%, consciously. I know, I KNOW! It’s fiction, but still, I can’t help it, it bothered me…

I found that odd, because personally when I study, I eat a huge amount of food and mostly lose weight while doing so. Therefore I found it weird that there was no mention of excess food consumption in the series.

Yeah, I had to study like crazy 2 weeks ago, because I had last two exams to take before I could finally drag myself into the second year. It was tough and I can say that I lost weight even though I ate like two times more food than normal. Also, I’m not the only person who constantly complains about being hungry while studying so…

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And me being a nerd naturally forces my brain into an overdrive and have to research whatever’s bothering me, so I checked if there’s a bigger energy usage, therefore a bigger need for food consumption while you’re burning miles on your brain studying (as an example).

Basically, our brain’s a gluttony because it uses 20% of our resting metabolic rate (RMR)—the total amount of energy our bodies expend in one very lazy day of no activity.

While I know that we subconsciously constantly use our brain’s full capacity, we still don’t force ourselves to focus on one thing for a long period of time, most of the time. So thinking hard is not really the issue here because it doesn’t really affect how much the brain works.

But why the heck do we need more food while studying?! Well that’s because:

1)We’re stress eating
Oh, admit it! You’re stressed as hell in the time of exams! So it’s kind of normal to stress eat.

2) Our brain is lazy and refuses to focus on studying, therefore uses eating as a distraction
Like mentioned before, out brain would love to do anything else BUT focus on cramming for a longer period of time, so taking breaks is absolutely needed… And the longer you study the more breaks you should take, otherwise well… Your brain will give up on you and you’ll start thinking about cute cat gifs you saw on internet god knows when.

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3) You actually need glucose to power your brain   
Basically, our brain uses glucose as the source of energy therefore if you want your brain to work as it should. Therefore, if there’s not enough sugar for your brain the brain will not remember anything you’re trying to cram… And you’ll have to study everything all over again.

However, even though I made it clear that your brain needs sugar (glucose) to work properly, eating too much sugar will damage your brain. So yeah… Put down that ice cream Brian…

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That said… I think Brian in Limitless would need to eat a lot of food… I mean his job is quite stressful as it is, not to mention he has to consciously think of everything that’s happening in his body and about everything else, while on NZT. I’d probably want to eat a pizza every hour if I was him…

Oh and before I end this…. KIDS! Don’t do drugs!!

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I didn’t want to put quotes after every sentence where I pulled the things from, so here are the sources, in case you want to read further:


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Go on now… See you next time


43 thoughts on “Limitless – Hungry brain

  1. Limitless, the movie, was terrible. I had to stop watching. So, I was hesitant to watch the series. I think we overestimate how valuable taking aesone brain power is – exploitation or destruction seem to be the only two options, especially if that guy has a boss.


  2. Honestly I am not much aware about the Limitless TV show, but this sounds pretty interesting and entertaining. I can relate with you when it comes to eating more when I am not in the best of mood!!

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  3. I’ve never actually seen Limitless!! But it’s true – I do seem to eat more when stressed! Especially now I stopped nail biting. It’s such a vicious cycle.

    Lisa | Xx

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  4. It’s funny that you brought that our brains is lazy and refuses to focus on studying, therefore uses eating as a distraction. Every time I have to study for anything or I am stressed out, I tend to distract myself by taking a lot of snack breaks lol.

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  5. Yeah, that’s a great show. I haven’t made it all the way through it, but I have enjoyed the movie more.
    I guess the same can go for when we bloggers are maxing out our blogs read and working on new articles! Guess I have an excuse to eat a little more lol. Thanks for the interesting read!

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  6. Great post! I’m currently taking a break from studying to reply, whilst eating lunch… so I guess the facts must be true! Haven’t seen the tv series yet but watched the film last summer and loved it! So going to have to add this to the list of things to watch

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