Diets are meant to be temporary, that’s why Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig are in still in business. Sugar is designed to make you NEED more. Often diets fail because of their restrictive nature. Cutting chocolate, cheese, coffee, alcohol, bread and chips out of the equation entirely merely makes these delicious foods even more desirable. You can only deprive yourself of certain foods for so long before giving in, and next thing you know you’ve gained back the weight you lost – and then some – and are moving on to the next diet or detox fad.
Diets need to be seen as a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix – that’s why I’ve created the Fast Track No Diet-Diet Detox. This anti-detox is intended to alter your lifestyle in the best way possible. It’s all about balancing food levels and indulging in moderation. I want to provide you with a real solution to regaining your health and keeping it. My No Diet-Diet detox will change your body’s physiological response to food addictions to things like sugar without completely restricting it. Unlike most diets, my detox will attack the problem at its root and reshape the way your body responds to cravings.
What is Sugar Addiction?
Americans are now eating more sugar than ever before – on average, around 160 pounds a year. People can’t resist it. However, the reason for this is pretty clear: sugar is highly addictive. Literally, it’s addictive, in the same sense that drugs are addictive. In fact, numerous studies have found sugar to be as addicting as some class one narcotics. It’s actually in the same class category as cocaine and morphine, how’s that for insane? The fact is your addictive behavior toward sugar, is literally controlled and directed by the food manufacturers (who know exactly what they’re doing). Your not failing because of your will power, your body physiologically needs certain foods for you to feel like you’re functioning.
“Sugar stimulates brain pathways just like an opioid would, and sugar has been found to be habit-forming in people,” says James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, in an article published to the New York Times. “Cravings induced by sugar are comparable to those induced by addictive drugs like cocaine and nicotine. And although other food components may also be pleasurable, sugar may be uniquely addicting in the food world. For instance, functional MRI imaging of the brain demonstrates that low-fat/high-sugar milkshakes are even more rewarding than high-fat/low-sugar milkshakes.”
If you crave sugar, lose control, and eat more of it than you planned; then you may have a sugar addiction. Even if you crave foods like potato chips, french fries and bread, you could still very well be addicted to sugar, because these foods are high in starch and are called “complex carbs”. During digestion, the body breaks down these carbs into simple sugars. If not eaten in moderation, or offset with proteins, starchy foods can make your blood sugar surge and crash just like sugar would. It’s what I call the sugar/insulin rollercoaster.
You can’t beat a sugar addiction by quitting cold turkey, there’s just no way. You need to know what to eat to replace and reduce the bad foods and cravings, respectively. Restricting all sweets is just too drastic of a change for most people to sustain. When you totally eliminate something from your diet, your body has a physiological response. The trick is to slowly purge away that sugar habit to change the physiological effects that gave you the addiction in the first place. Protein, fiber and exercise can help speed up this process and wipe away those annoying cravings.
Often your food cravings stem from physiological needs combined with psychologic reasons. Food cravings can involve an addiction to pleasant brain chemicals. Essentially, food cravings are “all in your head”. The areas in the brain that are responsible for memory and sensing pleasure are somewhat at fault here. They are the ones that keep those cravings coming. Cravings translate to specific “wants” when the physiological need for a nutrient combine with emotions and memories.
According to researchers at the Monell Chemical Sense Center and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, three regions of the brain are activated during food craving episodes: the hippocampus, insula and caudate. These areas are the same three areas that have been reported to be involved in drug cravings. Their brain tests also suggest that memory areas of the brain, are even more important to food cravings than the reward section (source).
“During a craving we have a sensory memory or template for the food that will satisfy the craving,” says Marcia Levin Pelchat, PhD, a Monell Center sensory psychologist and lead author of the study. “The food we eat has to match that template for the craving to be satisfied. It’s as if our brain is saying, ‘It has to be chocolate ice cream, lemon pie just won’t do.’” She continues, “Cravings are also like habits. We often reach for a craved food without thinking of it.”
Their study, published in the December 2004 issue of Nero Image, found that a monotonous diet – a diet that limits the number and intake of food types consumed daily – increases the likelihood of food cravings, especially when you are visualizing the foods you like which have been restricted from your diet.
Sugar fuels every cell in your brain, so your brain often views sugar as a reward. The more sugar you eat, the more you are encouraging that reward and strengthening the habit.
When toxins circulate through your body they infiltrate your tissues, cells, central nervous system and even your brain. Chemicals are sneaky. They can be created, consumed and can cause stress that may manifest in emotional and/or physical pain. They have a negative effect on behavior, your immune system, your metabolism, and will leave you feeling lethargic and moody. A healthy detox can help cleanse and restore your liver, digestive system, cells organs and organ systems to help your body function optimally. A detox can rid your body of all the dangerous chemicals and toxins that evade your systems daily and have a ton of positive effects on both your mental and spiritual health.
Your body is programmed to detox regularly – this is a natural function. But since we are overloaded with environmental toxins, antibiotics, food additives and chemicals in our food, personal products, and household products, our bodies struggle to eliminate the toxins naturally, leaving you overloaded, overweight and sluggish.
The process is simple. Toxins – of any form – get stored in your fat cells and tissues. They also stress your liver. These toxins enter the bloodstream during detoxification in larger quantities than your body can process. They contribute to buildup that causes excess weight gain, cellulite, imbalances and a sluggish metabolism. Your ability to handle toxins depends on your body’s ability to flush them out.
This is why it’s important to know what your body can handle and what it needs to improve. Food is just a first step. Safe and supportive supplements may be helpful to prevent toxins from getting partially detoxified into more harmful compounds that are dumped back into the bloodstream. When you load your body with real nutrients and antioxidants, you lessen the blow of the typical detox effects like being tired and cranky.
Nutrition should be a primary part of any detox. Eliminating the toxins is just as important as the food you choose while on it. This is why I recommend the Fast Track No Diet-Diet Detox. It’s a painless, easy to adapt program which enables you to sustain change permanently.
The Fast Track No Diet-Diet Detox has been specifically designed to eliminate the biggest allergens and aggravating food to the body for a period of between 12 and 28 days (It’s flexible). My experience proves that’s enough time to allow the inflammation to be reduced and for the digestive system to begin working more efficiently. Within the first 5 days, your cravings will already begin to subside.
This is an amazing process, with life changing results and a real solution for the long-term.
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