- You fall off the diet wagon before hitting your diet goal or
- You hit your diet goal and then fall back to your old patterns
Some patients think they’re overweight because they don’t exercise. Others believe it’s because they are always hungry and eat too much.
Why Am I Always Hungry?
As humans evolved food was in short supply – there was no need to diet. In fact, it was a survival benefit to overeat when food was available. Today, when food is plentiful, this characteristic or drive is a key contributor to the obesity epidemic.
What’s In My Diet That Causes Me To Eat In Excess?
We are lured by processed, packaged and pre-made foods – engineered by the food industry for our convenience, with little regard for our health and well-being. Processed food is designed to taste good, so making us want more and more. Unlike cigarettes and drugs, most of us are unaware of the drug-like substances (i.e. ‘flavor enhancers’ and chemicals) in foods and their ability to set us up for a lifetime of addiction.
70% of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are obese which increases our risks for getting:
- Type-2 Diabetes (which is an epidemic)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Cancer as well as many other illnesses
What’s Addictive in Your Diet?
The foods we eat influence the hormones our bodies produce. These hormones affect our behavior, food choices and physiology. Refined carbohydrates and sodium, in addition to other non-food additives, are put together in such a way to keep us coming back for more.