In the United States, as I’m sure it’s probably the same in other developed countries, compulsive eating is a real problem that may not get the attention it deserves. Overeating is unhealthy because it is usually, if not always, eating when you are not hungry. This obviously leads to people becoming overweight.
For anyone who has a compulsive eating problem, it is not like they can just stop. It’s just not that simple or easy and it can become a very serious problem. People afflicted with it have what many would consider unnatural eating habits, compulsions and cravings.
They will use eating as a way to relieve bad feelings and to make them happy. Many who has not developed the ability to cope with daily life will often run to the refrigerator for relief, rather than deal with the problem. This vicious cycle is perpetuated because they are consumed with guilt over their overeating and self-loathing in many cases over their appearance.
Obesity is one of the greatest and preventable global threats to public health. The number of those who are over-weight have surpassed those who are under-weight for the first time in history. Health risks associated with being over-weight are metabolic, cardiovascular and oncological diseases, as well as orthopedic complications and psychiatric disturbances.
What Started Us on the Path to Overeating?
Table sugar has been ascribed as having some of the greatest potential for addictive properties. In the United States since many of us were children, table sugar for many years has been a staple in our everyday diet. This is the reason many people prefer sweet tasting food and this preference is enhanced when salt and fat are added.
The craving for sugar has created a capacity for abuse similar to other addictive drugs. A substance’s addictive potential is increased by its potency and by its rapid absorption into the bloodstream. As foods become more processed and altered by the producers, they begin to take on the properties of addictive drugs because of ingredients used to improve the taste. Highly processed foods can have significant similarities with addictive drugs.
The Beginning of Change
So what can be done? It’s a long road to totally change, but the good news is it can be done and it can start today with just a few subtle changes to what we eat daily. Starting with many common foods that are easy to find but are low in calories and high in fiber. High in fiber is important because that is what will help you feel full longer and allow your body to start to burn fat.
Fat Burning Foods
Apples – high in a fiber called pectin which is a viscous, soluble fiber. One apple has 5 grams of fiber. They are fat, sodium and cholesterol free. A natural mouth freshener and moves food quickly through the digestion system.
Avocados – provide antioxidants and fight inflammation. They are considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Curbs hunger pains. Cleans the intestines and make you feel full. Avocados detoxify bodies and are 73% water. It reduces the desire to eat for many hours. They are an excellent addition to a healthy diet.
Almonds – high in fiber and protein and will aid in the reduction of belly fat. They help maintain your body’s energy flow. It lowers bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack and diabetes. They are also an excellent source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant.
Broccoli – packed with fiber, protein and high in water content. When eaten regularly it decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting healthy complexion, hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. It also will lower the risk of colon cancer and help maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Berries – loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals. They have antioxidant power which protect against inflammation and free radicals which are molecules that can damage cells and organs. They support healthy bacteria that grow in the gastrointestinal tract and aid in digestion. Healthy digestion is an important factor in weight control and your overall health.
Cucumbers – can help reduce inflammation and are made up of mostly water. They contain powerful lignans (antioxidants) that bind with estrogen related bacteria in the digestive tract. It also is believed to strongly inhibit cancer cell development. Cucumbers have a high water and low calorie content and will help you feel full as well as aid in digestion.
Cabbage – are just loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber. It helps reduce risk of colon and rectal cancer. Low in calories and high in fiber helping you stay full it is a healthy way to reduce weight. It is also known as an effective detoxifier by purifying the blood and removing toxins including free radicals and uric acid. Helps to regulates bowels and relieves peptic ulcer symptoms.
Grapefruit – contains a high level of fiber that aids in bowel movements and can also provide relieve from constipation. It also can have a relieving effect on heartburn and any irrigation that can occur with digestion that causes discomfort to the stomach. It has been shown to reduce the risk of colon and prostate cancer. Grapefruits can help people from overeating and for some the mere scent can reduce appetite.
Green Tea – Activates the body’s fat burning systems. It helps to Speed up the body’s use of calories as energy. A supplement with green tea extract is just as effective. It also provides powerful antioxidants and supports immune system.
The list above is only a partial list, there are many more fat burning foods so take the time to do your homework and own you weight loss. Being overweight is not healthy. There are many diseases associated with being overweight. Using fat burning foods to help get healthy will become more satisfying as improvements to your health are noticed.
Finally I would be under serving you if I failed to mention the need to exercise. It is no less important and can be included gradually, just like the changes you can make to your diet. The important thing is to continue and not give up. You can do it!! Take control.