Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise.
Are you having weight problems? Have you been diagnosed as obese? Maybe it's not just what you eat or how much. According to a study, you could actually have a food addiction. We all say we're addicted to our favorite donuts or chocolates. Food addiction is quite a controversial topic among researchers, but there is increasing evidence to prove that highly processed, sugary and fatty foods have a unique contribution to our weight problems.
According to the latest research conducted on the subject, certain behaviors and attitudes associated with certain types of food, closely resemble 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. Scores for different food types for each participant were then averaged, and then the foods were ranked from most problematic to least problematic in terms of behaviors that mimic 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. Researchers believe this is not a 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 latest conducted on the topic – is the first to establish a connection between how people eat specific foods and the qualities of those foods (being highly processed, high-sugar or high-fat). Research continue to hope that this finding will soon help obese people who are struggling with their weight issues.
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 could help change the world's approach to obesity treatment, which may not always be about reducing food intake, but rather using methods that are known to stop drug abuse, smoking and drinking.
A person who feels like he is addicted to food may never get a medical diagnosis as of now. But researchers are keen on spreading information so that those who are exhibiting sings of an addiction-like eating disorder can be helped. 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 accept your need for help.
It's better to get the nutrients for healthy skin from food, not supplements. Salmon, walnuts, blueberries, spinach... lots of my favorite foods happen to be amazing for skin too. Foods high in bad fats, sugar and chemicals are directly linked to many negative emotions, whereas whole, natural foods rich in nutrients - foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes - contribute to greater energy and positive emotions.