Are you having weight problems? Have you been diagnosed as obese? Maybe it's not just an issue of the food you eat and proportions. According to a study, you could actually have a food addiction. It's easy to say that we're "addicted" to our favorite burger or Chinese fried chicken. However, though food addiction is a hot topic among researchers, there's growing scientific evidence that highly processed, high-fat and high-sugar foods have something unique to add to our weight problems.
A quick definition of healthy carbs and unhealthy carbs. Healthy carbs (sometimes known as good carbs) include whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Healthy carbs are digested slowly, helping you feel full longer and keeping blood sugar and insulin levels stable. Unhealthy carbs (or bad carbs) are foods such as white flour, refined sugar, and white rice that have been stripped of all bran, fiber, and nutrients. Unhealthy carbs digest quickly and cause spikes in blood sugar levels and energy. Tips for eating more healthy carbs: Whole Grains.
The latest research on the subject shows that certain attitudes and behaviors connected to specific food types are very similar to addiction patterns. In the study, over five hundred participants identify the foods that contributed the most to their weight problems. Participants used the Yale Food Addiction Scale in defining their problem foods. All foods had their corresponding scores which were averaged for every participant, and then the foods were ranked from being most problematic to being least problematic, in connection with behaviors associated with addiction.
The foods that turned out to be most mentally distressing and physically uncomfortable are the highly-processed types or those which are high in fat and sugar. Such foods also have the highest glycemic indices, which are measurements of how the food affects a person's blood sugar levels after being consumed. According to researchers, this is no coincidence. There are many studies suggest that these particular food types can elicit behaviors and alterations in the brain which are normally associated with a drug or alcohol addiction diagnosis.
Food addiction as of today has not been recognized officially. It is most similar to binge eating disorder using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. But the study mentioned earlier – the most recent on the subject – is the first to investigate into the connection between how people eat certain foods and the properties of the food, whether high-sugar, high-fat or highly processed. Researchers are very hopeful that the finding will help obese people in their struggle to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Not to lose weight, conform to a fad, or because I am depressed and need comfort. As Hippocrates wisely stated: "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." The reason we eat should be to keep us healthy - which makes us strong, beautiful, happy and confident. This doesn't mean you can't enjoy your food just because it's healthy, in fact, it makes it more enjoyable. Just look at some of the recipes on this blog and other whole foods blogs! I eat when I'm hungry, and stop when I'm satisfied. This means I eat whenever I want, and I eat however much I want. Since I am eating foods that my body loves, it's pretty hard to feel uncomfortably stuffed because my digestive system knows what to do with what I am feeding it. My smoothies regularly consist of at least 7 or more bananas. My dinners often include over 4 potatoes and 2 cups of rice. Keep it carbed! Keep it whole foods! I drink alkaline water throughout the day. Our bodies are 70% water, so we should replenish that water whenever we can, allowing it to wash out the toxins in our bodies and our cells hydrated. I filter my water with velaqua. That's about it! With these guidelines, my diet ends up being a diet of whole plant foods, a lot of them raw, and with a high-carb focus. Your diet will surely be different, maybe by a lot or just slightly; the important thing is that it works best for you.
This may help change the globe's perception about obesity treatment, which may no longer be about reducing food consumption, but rather adopting strategies used for curing smoking, alcoholism and drug abuse.
A person who believes he might be addicted to food may never get an official addiction diagnosis from a doctor. But researchers are planning on distributing information so that help can come to those who are showing signs of an addiction-like eating disorder. If you're afraid you might be one of these people, this is one continuing research that you should follow. You can't deny a problem that is clearly there. Know and be sure to accept that you require help.
Many people from across the globe are seeing the need to change their lifestyle and go into trying out healthy diet to uplift the heath and condition of their body. There is a rapid rise in the presence of so many people that are having diabetes as well as obesity and many other health problems because these people are also into overdependence of eating foods coming from fast food chains. The very main reason as to why the foods in the fast food chains are not healthy because most of these foods are fried with the use of high amounts of cooking oil which drenched the foods with high amount of oils in it, thus predisposing the eater to develop high cholesterol as well as heart problems eventually. There is a way to combat the unhealthy effects that fast food has brought on to so many people, and it is through the use of what is being offered in markets, such as the natural and healthy fruits and vegetables and other foods.