I always enjoy reading Dr. Mark Hyman's articles at the Huffington Post. This week he wrote about American's addiction to food, and again I could really relate. The article Food Addiction: Could it Explain Why 70% of Americans Are Fat? even goes so far as to compare our obsession with high sugar and fat foods with serious drug addiction. Awhile back I called myself a Carboholic, only half tongue in cheek, but this article helps me understand the link even better.
In summary, it talks about how we overeat, even though the end results puts us on outs with society and causes self loathing. Multiple attempts to correct the behavior and frequent relapses are another common thread. It also says we develop a tolerance for sugar and need to increase the intake in order to get the same effects. He also quotes a study that talks about the withdrawal symptoms from sugar, which all of us experienced the first week on the Belly Fat Cure. A quick read of Jorge Cruise's Facebook page any day and you will see a dozen newcomers complaining of headaches and dizziness. If you stick with it, they quickly go away. Much like the detoxifying affects drug addicts experience. But most shocking, it says brain imaging PET scans show sugar works on the brain the same as heroin. It is an excellent read, but a little long. I hope you will check it out!
These are are few of the books quoted in the study. I'm putting these on my library list and hope they will help me better understand my body in weight loss maintenance: