Break Your Food Addictions
Are you driven to eat certain foods? It could be an addiction.
Breaking the Food Addiction continued...
But if your stomach is already growling at the mere thought of
a total fast, try making a complete break just from the foods you crave -- a
process that Barnard says works much better than trying to eat them in
moderation. He argues that staying completely away from a food item for three
weeks often resolves the problem. "At the end of three weeks, your tastes
will have changed," he says. "You won't want the food as much
When you get rid of the sugar or chocolate from your diet
"cold turkey," don't expect any of the withdrawal symptoms that are
often associated with other addictions. "Occasionally, a person does say to
me, 'When I stop consuming sugar, I feel lethargic and depressed,'" says
Barnard, an adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington
University School of Medicine. "But withdrawal symptoms are not essential
to the definition of a food addiction."
Also, don't be surprised if you backslide. "You can expect
to fall off the wagon into the waiting arms of chocolate," says Barnard.
"Just like an alcoholic, you may relapse before making the break