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.
Avoid: Refined foods such as breads, pastas, and breakfast cereals that are not whole grain. Healthy eating tip 6: Enjoy healthy fats & avoid unhealthy fats Good sources of healthy fat are needed to nourish your brain, heart, and cells, as well as your hair, skin, and nails. Foods rich in certain omega-3 fats called EPA and DHA are particularly important and can reduce cardiovascular disease, improve your mood, and help prevent dementia. Add to your healthy diet: Monounsaturated fats, from plant oils like canola oil, peanut oil, and olive oil, as well as avocados, nuts (like almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans), and seeds (such as pumpkin, sesame). Polyunsaturated fats, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, found in fatty fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and some cold water fish oil supplements. Other sources of polyunsaturated fats are unheated sunflower, corn, soybean, flaxseed oils, and walnuts. Reduce or eliminate from your diet: Saturated fats, found primarily in animal sources including red meat and whole milk dairy products. Trans fats, found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, candies, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, baked goods, and other processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
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.
How much protein do you need? Protein needs are based on weight rather than calorie intake. Adults should eat at least 0.8g of lean, high-quality protein per kilogram (2.2lb) of body weight per day. A higher intake may help to lower your risk for obesity, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. Older adults should aim for 1 to 1.5 grams of lean protein for each kilogram of weight. This translates to 68 to 102g of protein per day for a person weighing 150 lbs. Divide your protein intake equally among meals. Nursing women need about 20 grams more high-quality protein a day than they did before pregnancy to support milk production. The key to ensuring you eat high-quality protein is to try different types, rather than relying on red meat and whole milk dairy products which are high in saturated fat. Replacing processed carbs with high-quality protein can improve your good cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. You'll also feel full longer, which can help you lose weight. Replace red meat with fish, chicken, or plant-based protein such as beans, nuts, and soy. Replace processed carbohydrates from pastries, cakes, pizza, cookies and chips with fish, beans, nuts, seeds, peas, tofu, chicken, low-fat dairy, and soy products. Snack on nuts and seeds instead of chips, replace baked dessert with Greek yogurt, or swap out slices of pizza for a grilled chicken breast and a side of beans.
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.
Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a healthy diet. They are low in calories and nutrient dense, which means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Unfortunately, most people are falling short of the recommended daily minimum of five servings of fruit and vegetables. In fact, most of us need to double the amount we currently eat.Try to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day and with every meal—the brighter the better. Colorful, deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain higher concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—and different colors provide different benefits, so eat a variety. Aim for a minimum of five portions each day. Try adding berries to breakfast cereals, eating fruit as a healthy dessert, and snacking on vegetables such as carrots, snow peas, or cherry tomatoes instead of processed snack foods.