Where Winners Lose & Losers Win: Food Addiction – Is it Real?
First in a Series
So my book is coming along great, and I thought I’d start sharing some of the cool things I’m learning as I write it.
This will be the first in a series of entries I’ll post, coming up to the book’s launch. What’s it about? Weight loss. PERMANENT weight loss. That’s in the title:
“Where Winners Lose & Losers Win: PERMANENT Weight Loss Made Simple.”
I’m a strength and nutrition coach in Mississauga, Ontario, and I’ve been helping people to lose weight and get in shape for over 10 years now.
My own journey includes a total fat loss of 95 lbs, which I’ve maintained since September of 2003. I’ve discovered the key to permanent weight loss. This book will reveal to you everything I’ve learned about losing – and maintaining the loss of – your weight.
Phil Werdell, MA, co-author of “Food Junkies: The Truth About Food Addiction,” classifies problem eaters in to 3 groups:
1. Normal eaters who are overweight/obese
2. “Emotional” eaters, who may be overweight or obese; and
3. Food addicts, who may be overweight or obese
If you have a weight problem, knowing which type you are will be absolutely crucial in determining the right plan of action. If you don’t understand your particular problem, you will not be successful in overcoming it.
The book will cover how to determine which type you are, and for the purposes of what I’m writing here, diagnosis is beyond the scope of this book. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on the problem of food addiction, leaving the diagnostic criteria for you to read when the book is published.
Food addiction is a biogenetic condition, which a person is BORN with. It predisposes them to be unable to moderate eating certain foods. Usually wheat, flour and sugar products (processed foods, essentially) cause the food addict to crave more of the same.
Some binge excessively, some overeat just a little bit. Some don’t even have a weight problem, but their eating habits disturb them.
Usually the food addict is overweight, however, and cannot seem to stick to a diet no matter how much they want to.
The most frustrating part is that normally, in other areas of their lives, they are capable and able to control their behaviours. With food, however, they just don’t seem to have the capability.
Giving up wheat, flour and sugar products is the base condition necessary to recover from food addiction. This means forever. No cheats. Ever. Cheating and eating “just one,” or “just a little bit” for the food addict is no different than a recovered alcoholic deciding to have one drink. “One drink, one drunk,” they say in Alcoholics Anonymous. “One bite, one binge,” we might say, in talking about recovering from food addiction.
This may seem impossible, but I can assure you it is not. I have been doing it for years, because I in fact am a food addict. I have recovered from the condition, by abstaining from all processed foods and products containing wheat, flour and sugar. I found it took about 3 weeks for the (very severe) cravings for these foods to dissipate. Today I no longer think about them, nor do I want them.
The truth is, I feel better than ever as well. When you give these foods up, you become amazed at 2 things:
1. How good plain, simple food actually tastes; and
2. How good you feel without all the junk you’ve been eating in your body
Are You a Food Addict?
Not everyone who wants to lose weight needs to eat the way I’ve just described. That’s because not everyone who is overweight is a food addict. If you are a food addict, however, you will have to eat this way, or you will be doomed to a lifetime of struggling with your weight.
The science behind this is – as Phil Werdell says – incontrovertible. It has been proven to exist. If you have it, the only way to combat it is complete abstinence.
I can assure you, from personal experience, that it is not the life sentence it might seem to be at first. I have been writing food plans and exercise plans for clients in Mississauga and beyond for years now. I have been a nutrition coach pretty much since I lost my weight. I have worked with people and have seen it time and time again: only when they accept their problem as it is, can they then apply the proper solution. When they apply the proper solution, they invariably lose their weight.
Have you been struggling with your weight, or with overeating? Do you binge eat, or – if not – do you simply eat too much of the wrong stuff and it bothers you? My book will have the information you need to overcome your struggles, IF you’re willing to apply the right solution to your particular problem.
Remember to look for “Where Winners Lose & Losers Win: PERMANENT Weight Loss Made Simple.” I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to the publishing date. In the meantime, watch for more blogs here on what you can expect to learn in its pages.
In the meantime, remember, I’m a strength and nutrition coach right here in Mississauga. I serve the GTA and beyond (Skype works!), and I offer online weight loss courses and one-on-one weight loss courses as well. You can contact me at 647-677-6025 via text/e-mail, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’ve been struggling and you don’t know what to do, reach out for help. You may be surprised at how easy the solution actually is!