Reader Question: "How do I break the cycle of dieting and overeating?"
Dr. Peeke says:
To break the cycle, you need to get off the foods and beverages that leave you feeling out of control. This requires detoxing off these False Fixes (sugary/fatty/salty) and substituting instead with Healthy Fixes (natural, whole foods). Re-exposure to the False Fixes will ignite a relapse as the brain’s reward center is over stimulated once again, triggering relentless cravings.
It’s important to understand that this isn’t about “diets”. To heal and live healthfully requires a holistic evaluation and change-up of your entire lifestyle---the persons, places and things that enable and support your food addiction. Instead of looking at this as “dieting”, see this as a lifestyle change with nutritional choices as one cornerstone.
Getting more physically active, meditating and practicing better stress management, and consuming Healthy Fix foods is the recipe for success.
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Dr. Pamela Peeke is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland, WebMD's lifestyle expert, Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health TV, host of the Could You Survive series and the national spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine's Exercise is Medicine global campaign. A triathlete and mountaineer, she is known as the "doc who walks the talk." The New York Times best-selling author of Fight Fat After Forty, Body for Life for Women, and Fit to Live, Dr. Peeke recently published another New York Times best-seller, The Hunger Fix: The Three Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction. For more information, visit www.drpeeke.com.
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