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Overeating

Overeating is something with which many people struggle. After a bout of over indulgence, people often feel very guilty and have feelings of self-loathing which can become a vicious cycle. According to David Kessler, author of The End of Overeating, the food industry actually has a lot to do with why people overeat. It is not necessarily that one has no discipline. Over the years, the food industry has figured out how to get people to buy more of the products which are produced. After all, that is how a profit is established, so I have no qualms about that. I firmly believe in the free market. What has occured is that in order to get people to eat more and therefore purchase more, food must be addictive. In order to create addictive food, extra salt, sugar and fat must be added. David Kessler calls this process "loading and layering." Load a food with fat, layer it with sugar and salt and it will taste extra good. Of course that makes it extra bad for people too, but they keep going back for more. An example of this is McDonald's french fries. They are cooked in oil and salted, but sugar is also added! Now who would add sugar to their fries in the cooking process? There is sugar in ketchup, so people do add it if they dip the fries in ketchup, but if one is eating Md's fries, then there is double the sugar. The following tips to avoid overteating I learned from Jennifer Ward, master Spinning instructor and registered dietician, when she spoke on this topic recently at WSSC in Miami, Florida. 1. Refusal of trigger foods must be definitive. 2. Don't trust your brain because it is easily fooled when it comes to processed and fast foods. The satiety control center is confused by tasty, high processed foods. 3. Avoid situations and people that lead to overeating. 4. Engage in competing behaviors that are incompatible with overeating and plan ahead. 5. Never snack. Only eat meals whether they are mini meals like 5 per day, or large meals like 3 per day. 6. Look at a large plate of fast food, or food in a restaurant for what it is: Fat on top of Sugar, on top of Salt, on top of Fat on top of Sugar on top of Salt..... 7. Enlist support if possible from people who have good eating habits. 8. Create your own rules around foods that cause your to overeat: either total avoidance, or eating only in certain situations. 9. See ultraprocessed foods like you would smoking and completely avoid them. 10. Do not trust the food manufacturers to have your best interest at heart. They only wish to turn a profit. 11. Fight back by encouraging people not to buy ultra processed foods and the market will change. Written by master instructor Sabrina Fairchild for community.spinning.com blog on 06/08/2011
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