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Fatty food as addictive as cocaine or heroine?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Food for thought. I've often said that when I got serious about weight loss, I cut out all fatty food completely and suffered through the withdrawals like a heroine addict. There may be something to it. While moderation is key to lifelong success, I know for me I had to go cold turkey at the beginning. I was not able to do moderation because I was addicted.

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    I was able to relearn my behavior. It was not easy. In fact, I would say it is among the most difficult things I've ever done. But now I eat healthy, avoid fatty foods, and have maintained my weight loss. Mostly because I realized I WAS addicted to bad food! I didn't want to live that way anymore. I suffered through the 'withdrawals', got through it, and haven't looked back. I figure if someone can do something as difficult as losing weight and maintain it, they can do anything!
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    Comment edited on: 3/30/2010 12:58:18 AM
    One of my "addictions" is chocolate. The only way I can practice moderation for any length of time is to not buy any of it myself. My husband has it hidden somewhere and gives me a bit every night. Cold turkey is best for me for other things which require moderation.
    2910 days ago
    This is an incredibly interesting article. Thanks for sharing. I was some what taken aback by the conclusion of the article where they state that we should look into drug therapies. Not that drug interventions may not be useful, but there are other types of therapies that have been shown to work with addiction, why not start there?
    2910 days ago
    It is true. We have bad habits that have to be broken and it is the rare person indeed that can be successful with moderately reducing rather than cold turkey and then a slow re-introduction later. I would agree with you that the cold turkey method is the most successful for me as well, so that I concentrate on the good habits I am trying to incorporate. emoticon
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