Monday, July 22, 2013
I am a food addict. I like Cosco carrot cake and Baskin Robbins ice cream. I like to have Pizza Hut pizza and garlic bread at Olive Garden.
But the thing is - these companies know this. They realize that when a product tastes good, more of it sells. And because of our biology, our affinity for foods with fat and salt and sugar, that means the foods with the most of these end up being a bane for people like me. I know I need to eat healthy. I know I need to stop. But WHY does my body do this to me? Why can't I stop? What makes me attracted to these foods - and is it even possible to ever be healthy, to be in control of my urges.
David A. Kessler's book, "The End of Overeating", was eye-opening. It made me realize how little in control I could be over what I ate. It made me realize that my issues with food were startlingly similar to an alcoholic's relationship with alcohol - or a drug addict's desire for cocaine. It made me realize that the previous methods of trying to lose weight would never have worked for me - because trying to portion out one serving of Oreos or Doritoes or eat just one burger were failing because I was addicted.
This book has been valuable to me. It has reinvigorated my drive to get these remaining 20 pounds off and to move into maintenance - into lifelong health. It has shown me a highly adaptable plan of HOW to do this, the basics being:
+ Don't eat your emotions away
+ Remove all the tempting foods from your life
+ Make a plan for your eating habits
+ If you come in contact with tempting foods, have a plan
+ Integrate exercise to give you that "happy boost" food used to give you
They are simple ideas, ones that you hear all the time in weight loss literature, but the way Kessler presents them in his book just clicked with me.
I've said it many times in this series, but I highly recommend reading Kessler's book, "The End of Overeating". There are some really technical portions, but in between the "sciency bits", there are so many good, helpful ideas. It really helped me find my second wind; hopefully, it will be as helpful and insightful for you!