Originally published May 9 2013
How to beat food cravings with a loving attitude and lasting results
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) Food cravings can ruin any attempt to lose weight or ease into a healthy diet while weaning off SAD (standard American Diet). Slow and steady with gentle persistence while tolerating occasional short setbacks will deliver lasting results.
If losing weight is the primary goal, then you may need to wean off the low and no fat diet. Ditto if your concerns center around heart health. Mark Twain once quipped, "It's easier to fool people than convince them they've been fooled." Guess what low/no fat diet soda guzzling dieters - you've been fooled!
Fat consumption myths shatteredCardiologists Stephen Sinatra, MD, author of The Great Cholesterol Myth and Dwight Lundell, MD, author of The Cholesterol Lie both agree that cholesterol alone is not the source of heart disease.
Instead, hyperglycemia or sugar overload creates inflammation, the true source of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries (http://www.naturalnews.com).
Dr. William Davis explains in his article "A Headline You Will Never See: 60 Year Old Man Dies of Cholesterol", that cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease "any more than a bad paint job on your car could cause a fatal car accident."
Oxidized cholesterol from hydrogenated and refined polyunsaturated cooking oils and margarine, which are commonly used in low fat diets and processed foods, can lead to complications that result in heart disease.
This occurs indirectly from the oxidation process those oils initiate (http://www.naturalnews.com/035033_cholesterol_disinformation_fats.html).
Pediatric endocrinology professor Robert H. Lustig, MD asserts in his strong "Sugar the Bitter Truth" video lecture that the current obesity epidemic started when low fat diets were introduced and sugar consumption increased. He also asserts that consuming fats doesn't create obesity.
Low or no fat foods contain high amounts of sugar, especially HFCS, and other refined carbohydrate foods became SAD staples. The increased amounts of sugar and HFCS consumed corresponds with the rise in obesity, even as many avoid fatty foods. (1)
The lepsin connectionRecent research has discovered high sugar diets arouse increased insulin production that interferes with leptin, a hormone that signals you've had enough to eat. Dr. Robert Lustig has also written a book called Fat Chance, recently reviewed in UK's Daily Mail. (2)
According to Lustig's research, whatever spikes your blood sugar increases your insulin output and dampens your leptin awareness. This includes refined carbohydrates of all sorts, as well as sugar and HFCS that are SAD-ly ubiquitous.
Insulin resistance itself will cloud leptin awareness, causing one to eat more than necessary while on the road toward diabetes.
Convenient cheap foods also contain the highest amounts of "flavor enhancers" such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is often disguised with a vast assortment of aliases to keep you from realizing your yummy snack is that way because it contains MSG under a different name (http://www.naturalnews.com/039918_MSG_food_labels_excitotoxins.html).
Gradually phase out of SAD for permanent changeStart cutting back on all processed foods. Most are created to create cravings. Don't substitute sugars with synthetic sweeteners or use diet sodas to curb the calories. In addition to causing neurological problems with long-term use, they actually create obesity.
At work or in your car, carry organic apples and raw organic nuts to replace those cookies, pastries or donuts, and chips. Avoid grabbing snacks from convenience stores and quick meals from fast food drive-throughs.
Eating among a group of gregarious munchers may cause you to forget you're eating and be totally unaware of leptin signals. Quietly permit leptin interventions. Eating too fast or while anxious or upset will do the same thing.
And this all leads to indigestion, a source of overall bad health. Chew more, and eat more slowly, peacefully, and consciously. You'll be more satisfied with less.
Sources for this article include:
Dr. Lustig lecture (1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM
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