Thursday, June 3, 2021

Food cravings lead to obesity but subside with weight loss

The reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" gives a good perspective into issues surrounding obesity. Two weight loss hindrances common to every participant are food addiction and food cravings. The morbidly obese gastric bypass patients talk about food as if it was heroin and hunger is withdrawal. One gal said she thinks about eating all day long. Another said there's a constant voice in her head yelling "I WANT CHOCOLATE!

Though I'm not as food addicted as the folks on "My 600-lb Life" I do understand cravings. This blog is devoted to sharing how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or other bariatric surgery. So clearly I've been overweight and struggled with overeating. And I've got a theory about cravings and obesity: the more overweight you are, the worse cravings get, but they subside as you lose weight. Said differently, it gets easier if you work your program (Al-Anon nod). 

Of course the reverse is true too: stronger cravings lead to greater obesity and mastering them is how you lose weight. Sadly, most of the gastric bypass patients on "My 600-lb Life" are, at the risk of sounding crass, incredibly immature, self-centered, weak-willed and lazy. But as they address these bad habits and  follow Dr. Now's 1200 calorie bariatric surgery diet, they find incredible weight loss. 

I was able to lose weight when I learned to control cravings instead of letting them control me. Getting on 1200 calorie diet helped too! I'll write more about how I lost 100 pounds and ways to curb hunger tomorrow. Here's to healthy weight loss one day at a time!

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