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Being on a diet of any kind can be extremely difficult. I know that every now and then, I feel like I am depriving myself of the foods I’ve always loved. I am very unhealthy and I am here to share tips on how to overcome the food cycle of diets-depriving-failure.
Up until recently, I had been on a weight roller coaster. Up 10 pounds, down 10 pounds, and up again. It is heartbreaking and quite frankly tiring. I was EXHAUSTED. If I wasn’t having the food I liked I felt so deprived. I LOVE food. Cookies, cakes, donuts, soda, french fries, you name it, I love it. I did a bunch of research and figured out what I needed to do to become a better version of myself. I needed to cut out processed sugar and make better choices.
That sounds super easy like it is a no brainer, but for someone with a food addiction it is very difficult. Some people laugh at the term “food addiction” and say things along the lines of “bullshit there is no such thing as a food addiction”. Well 1. it is very real and 2. it can begin to consume your life.
People who are addicted to food will continue to eat despite negative consequences, such as weight gain. Just like people who are addicted to drugs or sex, people who are addicted to food will have trouble stopping their behavior, even if they want to or have previously attempted.
Here are some articles on food addiction:
This is a battle I am still fighting. I don’t smoke and I only occasionally drink so my addiction is to food and the way food makes me feel. Some people call nicotine a “stress reliever”, the same can be said about sugary foods.
Where did I begin:
Create a food log.
I logged every single thing I ate for a week. Don’t try to cut back just because it is being recorded. I ate like I normally did and didn’t leave any information out including sodas and alcoholic beverages. I recommend downloading the free app MyFitnessPal. It tracks all kinds of foods and breaks down the amounts of carbs, fats, sugars, fiber, sodium, a food item has. At the end of the week I reviewed my eating habits and answered these questions:
Is there a food item you are eating everyday like candy or soda?
How many calories are you consuming on a daily bases?
How often do you eat proceed sugar? Are you eating out frequently?