Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy
Nicole M. Avena Ph.D.
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This revolutionary eating plan reveals definitive proof that sugar is addictive, and presents the first science-based program to cut out the sugar, stop the cravings that cause most diets to eventually fail, and lose weight--permanently.
If you’re like most people, you’ve tried a few (or maybe many) different diets without success. The truth is, most diets work for a while, but there’s usually a point at which the dietary restrictions become too difficult to maintain. Why? Because whether you’re following a low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, or even an all-liquid green juice diet, the addictive nature of sugar causes cravings to take over and sabotage your diet-of-the-moment.
In Why Diets Fail, Dr. Nicole M. Avena and John R. Talbott reveal definitive proof that sugar is addictive and present the first science-based program to stop the cravings and lose weight—permanently. A neuroscientist and food addiction expert, Dr. Avena has conducted groundbreaking research showing that sugar triggers the same responses in the brain as addictive drugs like cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol. And like those other substances, the more sugar you eat, the more you need to get the same pleasurable feelings. (No wonder your last diet didn’t stick.)
Avena and Talbott’s eight-step plan walks you through the process of going sugar-free and surviving the make-or-break withdrawal period—those first few weeks when your body feels the absence of its favorite sweetener most acutely. An easy-to-use Sugar Equivalency Table developed by Talbott lists the amount of sugar in hundreds of common foods so you know precisely what to eat and what to avoid. And when it comes to what you can eat, you have a lot to choose from. In fact, you’ll probably eat more on this diet than you normally do—while continuing to lose weight.
This science-based program is the diet to end all diets. It will help you break the yo-yo dieting cycle, end those maddening sugar cravings, and develop a new longing for the good food that will keep you fit, healthy, and happy.
a fast pace and cause your blood sugar to spike and dip, which causes your body to produce large amounts of a hormone called insulin. Insulin is needed to turn the sugar in your blood into a usable sugar that can enter your cells. Insulin helps to convert blood sugar into energy or stores it for later use in other places (such as your liver or muscles). If you have too much excess blood sugar floating around, insulin can even convert it into fat stores. Eating a lot of fast carbohydrates such as
the O’Doul’s beer nor the electronic cigarette fully satisfies their addictive craving for alcohol or nicotine. When you drink real alcohol, you get a buzz, and when you smoke real cigarettes, you ingest a lot of nicotine. Both alter reward-related neurochemicals in your brain, making you feel good and leaving you feeling anything but bored. The same thing happens with food. So, when you restrict your consumption of addictive substances and replace them with something else, the experience may
just need to reconceptualize what a dessert might look like. If you are accustomed to junk-food types of desserts, you can choose things like sugar-free Jell-O. Countless recipes can be found online for sugar-free desserts, including a recipe for sugar-free sugar cookies! However, you don’t want to fall into the habit of eating desserts often. Desserts should be special treats, not eaten after every meal. Desserts should not dominate your diet. Even though they can be made sugar-free, they are
feel driven to eat sugars and other sweets, much as drug addicts might feel compelled to get their next fix. These stories, while fascinating, were largely anecdotal. Yet studies now suggest that foods high in added sugars and other carbohydrates satisfy the clinical and scientific requirements for an addictive substance, like a drug that’s abused. Excessive intake of some types of foods can result in behaviors and changes in the brain that are akin to what one would see with addiction to drugs.
substitutions? (You may want to use the Sugar Equivalency Table in the appendix as a guide.) • Do you find that you tend to crave foods or drinks in certain circumstances (for example, when you are stressed, sad, or excited)? Aside from eating, how else might you respond to or cope with these situations or moods when they arise? STEP 8 Avoiding a Relapse (and What to Do If One Occurs) “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.”