Hooked on Food
Are you captive of a food 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 anymore."
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 permanently."