Let’s face it, the “eat less, move more” solution doesn’t work in the long term. In fact, it makes things worse because the underlying message is that if someone's overweight it’s their fault since they’re obviously being piggish and lazy. We must change the way we think about obesity, diabetes type 2, and other consequences of bad eating habits. The science now shows that the fact that so many people are constantly hungry for “crappy carbs” and have low energy levels is the RESULT of the problem and not what’s causing it.
One of the most overlooked reasons why people eat in a way that's harmful, even though they know better, is addiction to sugar and ultra-processed foods. Studies show that these foods are addictive, just like other substances of abuse like nicotine, alcohol and drugs.
Addiction happens in the brain where a chemical dependence develops. It actually hijacks the brain so that the urge to have some is so strong that it literally takes over. It basically robs people of the power to choose to eat just a little. People who are sensitive to the addictive nature of junk-foods develop cravings for them and the more they eat, the more they want until it becomes a
vicious cycle of obsessive thinking and overeating accompanied by guilt and shame. This can go on for many years
if not treated properly and as ruined many people’s health and quality of life. I know, I personally spent many years like that.
If you think these foods are hijacking your brain, know that your problem is NOT lack of knowledge or self-discipline. That’s not where the solution lies, either. The solution is about developing a new way of eating and a new way of thinking about food that will bring a lasting change.