Goal of the Handout : Describes the ways in which weight-loss schemes can make food addiction worse.
Application: The Handout can be used by food addicts to understand the relationship between failed weight-loss programs and the development of food addiction. With this awareness, food addicts can shed painful self-blame for weight struggles. The Handout can also help food addicts resolve to build a sufficient program to counteract the effects of repeated weight-loss attempts.
Some ‘weight-loss’ schemes may actually make food addiction worse. This may occur for a number of reasons:
THE ‘WEIGHT-LOSS SCHEME’ PROMOTES CRAVINGS THROUGH MALNUTRITION
THE ‘WEIGHT-LOSS’ SCHEME CONTAINS ADDICTIVE FOODS WHICH TRIGGERS CRAVINGS
THE ‘WEIGHT LOSS’ SCHEME DAMAGES KEY BODY FUNCTIONS CAUSING STRESS.
A safer route to weight loss is to eliminate obesogenic, processed foods from the diet and replace them with unprocessed foods such as meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, non-gluten grains, beans and cold-pressed oils.