If you are fat like me, chances are you have been labelled. We all know it. Society thinks we have no self control, that we are gluttons. The fashion industry says we are unworthy of pretty, well designed clothing. Our doctors succinctly label us "non-compliant" in our charts.
I mean, how HARD is it to control the food we put in our mouths?
Messages like this have FILLED me with anguish, self loathing, disgust. I am a freaking nurse. I have had access to anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition, MANY classes that told me that it is calories in/calories out and I should be oh so skinny in no time. I was told that if I was not losing weight, it was my fault.
I do take FULL responsibility for my size. I knowingly put every bite of food in my mouth when I was old enough to do so. What I DO take offense to is the fact that more and more research is coming out indicating that the foods we have been told to eat are now being shown to be HIGHLY addictive.
Research is starting to show some interesting things. The above link refers to an article from Nature Neuroscience. The study discussed was one in which rats were fed a "bad diet", one with fast food, cheetos, etc. What the researchers found was that the rats became ADDICTED to the bad diet foods. How do they know that for CERTAIN? Well, MRIs done on the brains of rats showed activity changes that looked IDENTICAL changes to those of heroin and opiate addicts.
What does that mean for everyday fatties like you and I? Well, what it means is that these foods cause your brain's own ability to make the feel good hormone dopamine to decrease. Let's repeat that: addictive foods do what heroin does: it acts like dopamine in our bodies, so our brain says "well, I am not making dopamine since this food is doing it for me."
So, what does this mean for the dieter? Funny you should ask. It means that for those of us who want to begin to "eat clean", it is going to be VERY hard for awhile. VERY. We are going to feel like crap. We are going to go through a drug withdrawal. Depressed, moody, gassy, tired. Our brain does NOT immediately begin to produce dopamine immediately, so we CRAVE junk food like a heroin CRAVES that fix.
The link above discusses how dopamine works, how long it CAN take for your brain to produce normal levels of dopamine again. It is a LONG process people. Studies have shown that drug addicts can take up to 18 months before their brain produces sufficient amounts of dopamine on its own again.
Let me sum what I am trying to say a bit more succinctly:
If you are having a difficult time losing weight, there IS a reason for this. Your brain is having a ROUGH time giving up those feel good chemicals that make us feel like LIVING. It is NOT your fault, you did NOT know that you were filling your body with addictive chemicals....you just thought you were eating those healthy meals the TV said would help you lose weight. This happened with those back in the 50's who were told smoking did not cause cancer. They just didn't know.
What can YOU do about it now? Well, I hate to say it, but every bit of research out there says we have to sober up. No more crap. Specifically:
1. Eat as little from a box as possible.
2. Drink at LEAST 8 glasses of water a day.
3. If you must eat from a box, make sure the ingredients in the box are 5 ingredients or less, such as Grape Nuts.
4. Go sit outside for 15 minutes a day. The vitamin D will help with the depression you WILL feel.
5. 30 minute of exercise a day. Even a slow walk will do.
6. Orgasms. They will increase your dopamine levels.
So there you have my rant for the day. I don't believe our medical professionals, our schools, our media are doing their due diligence in providing information to the People. We are intelligent people, and we deserve to know what we our doing to our bodies. AND THEY DO KNOW.
What do you think? You have withdrawals while trying to change your lifestyle?