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Height: 5'6"
Starting Weight: 169 lbs
Goal Weight: 105 lbs
Current Weight: 139.2

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Somehow today was a weird day. Did the Spartan 1000 workout in 40min, then went to the hospital. No correlation. #wellshit #weirdface #dontbeme #atleastimalive

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Turkey chili with salsa #yummy #instafood #chili #healthy #mexican #food

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Dress shopping with my favorite person ever! <3 #sara #frankfurt #shopping #skylineplaza

posted 2 weeks ago

Compulsive Overeating

"Powerful forces you don’t recognize may be driving you to overeat, the culprits: fat, salt, sugar, and brain chemistry” says David Kessler, MD, an FDA commissioner. Although he avoids using the terminology “food addiction” he concedes that there is a correlation between the abuse of drugs and not being able to resist that last deep-fried chip on a heaping plate of cheese-smothered nachos. For some it’s alcohol, for some it’s drugs, for some it’s gambling, but for many of us it’s food.

Even with all of this acquired knowledge on nutrition and eating disorders, Kessler’s weight has fluctuated greatly over the years as well, leaving him with a suit in every size. 

"For much of my life, sugar, fat, and salt held remarkable sway over my behavior," he exclaims.

And so the man currently leading the FDA has poured countless resources and hours of work into finding out why he just can’t resist that last chocolate chip cookie. His results were fascinating.

His theory: “Hyperpalatable” foods. These foods are loaded with salt, sugar, and fat, and stimulate the senses to provide a feeling of reward that leads many people to eat more to repeat the experience. He calls this a condition of hyper eating. 

Here’s how it works: When someone consumes a sugary or fatty food they enjoy this releases endorphins. These are chemicals in the brain which signal pleasure and excitement bordering on happiness. These chemicals stimulate us to eat more of the same type of food. Food can actually create a feeling of calmness and happiness!

Another chemical the brain releases is dopamine, which is the motivational trigger for us to pursue more of that type of fatty, sugary, and salty food. Cues stir us back to these sources as well: seeing familiar brands of food, restaurants along the street, or maybe even our favourite candy bar in a vending machine. Eventually, the food becomes a habit, and soon enough we no longer realise why we’re eating and can’t control our appetite. Our innate desire to eat to fuel the body is now lost.

Once the food has become a habit we are no longer satisfied and continuously look for foods higher in fat and sugar content to recreate the initial thrill of consuming food.

Of course, not only biological factors are involved. Many studies show that there is a correlation between obesity in the US and household income. People who are obese mainly live in low income neighbourhoods and are not educated. 

Now that social and biological factors are examined, how can this burning desire to eat foods high in fat and sugar content be overwritten? How can we overcome the inability to say no?

  1. First and foremost you must believe that you can take back control. It is possible and many people have overcome this obstacle before. 
  2. Second, creating a structure in your eating habits is crucial; know when and how you will eat. A set plan will help avoid the situations or food that trigger overeating and replace the destructive eating patterns with new ones. A habit cannot just be destroyed, it must be replaced with a better habit.
  3. Third, in addition to having a plan rules must be established, such as not eating between meals. If you know you’re not going to eat your brain will not be as stimulated to steer you near this food.
  4. Four, figure out your cues for overeating and find responses to these cues. Once established rehearse your responses and reactions. Some might read a nice book, some might go for a run, and others might call a friend. Do whatever works best for you!
  5. Five, change the way you think about food. Food is fuel, it is supposed to keep your body up and running. Starving or feeding your body excessive amounts of food is not what your body was naturally intended for. Instead of looking at that large plate of french fries and thinking about how good it will make you feel, look at that same plate and tell yourself that it is twice as much as you need and it will make you feel bad. "Once you know you’re being stimulated and bombarded," Kessler says, "you can take steps to protect yourself."
  6. Last, but most importantly, learn to enjoy the foods you can control. Pick up healthier alternatives to your comfort foods and think twice about eating a plate loaded with cheesy fries. Are all those toxins really necessary?
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