Addiction does not generally need to include an addictive substance or drug, as the term can be used to describe an excessive behavior such as compulsive eating. Many specialists believe that food addiction truly is not about the food because it does not have addictive properties that can make someone depend on them, unlike chemical substances. Food addiction has more to do with how a person behaves around food and habits formed with food. These habits are the real source of the addiction. Losing weight and eating healthy seems pretty impossible for some people because of their addiction to food. Despite their good intentions, they often find themselves eating excess amounts of unhealthy foods, despite knowing that it is causing them harm. Food addiction is a very serious problem and this accounts for a higher percentage of reason why people cannot seem to have control over what they eat.
Scientifically, certain food can ignite cravings that rival those of any abused drug. It involves the same areas in the brain, the same neurotransmitters and many of the symptoms are identical and it is very similar to several other eating disorders, including binge eating disorder, bulimia, and compulsive overeating and having an unhealthy relationship with food. Processed junk foods have a powerful effect on the “reward” centers in the brain, involving brain neurotransmitters like dopamine. The foods that seem to be the most problematic include typical junk foods, as well as foods that contain either sugar or wheat, or both. Food addiction is caused by the intense dopamine signal “hijacking” the biochemistry of the brain. Basically, the brain calls out for more of certain foods—typically sugar or other simple starches and stopping feels impossible. Food addiction can cause physical harm. It can lead serious diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and depression, to name a few.
Under-listed are possible ways to overcome food addiction.
- You need to find out if your relationship with food is a healthy one. Identifying healthy eating patterns
- When hyperpalatables compete with natural foods, your brain’s reward center, which secretes the pleasure chemical dopamine, gets hijacked. Insulin levels go up and push you to want more and more. We should get used to eating natural healthy food than junks.
- Make a list all of your False Fix foods that you know will lead you to feel out of control and overeat. As you prepare to detox, look around you and inventory the persons, places, and things that enable your food addiction.
- Re-condition your brain to recognize how much food is the “right amount” because these days the meals we consume are twice the size they should be.
- Focus your brain on the long term result, not the immediate pleasure. If we can focus more on the long term results, eat less, it will even help in reducing excess weight in the body
Food addiction is a problem that will rarely resolve on its own. Unless you deal with it, chances are that it will just get worse over time. If you have this problem, then you have to do something about it now, or it will end up ruining your life.