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WEIGHT MANAGEMENT BASICS #16: FOOD ADDICTION? – Most people enjoy the sensations that result after eating a high fat, high sugar, high salt snack food like cookies, cakes, pastries, colas and soft drinks, but some people are actually addicted to these Trigger Foods. How do you know if you have a food addiction? There are three characteristics of addiction: 1) the behavior is compulsive (you have to have it due to strong urges); 2) You keep doing it even though you know it is contributing to the negative outcome of weight gain; and 3) There are changes in brain structure. The key substance that goes up in the brain in anticipation of eating a junk food or taking an addictive drug is dopamine. Dopamine normally goes up and then down after a pleasurable event, but with an addictive drug or addictive eating, the dopamine levels stay elevated leading to “high” that keeps you coming back for more. Special brain imaging shown on the slide demonstrates that the dopamine receptors are decreased in both cocaine addiction and obesity. While food addiction unlike drug addiction has no withdrawal symptoms when you stop, the American Psychiatric Association has classified obesity as a substance abuse disorder where the substances are the Trigger Foods. Behavioral strategies drawn from addiction therapies are used to get food addictions and habits under control, and I will discuss these in the next few posts, so stay tuned!! The only healthy addiction is exercise and a Healthy Active Lifestyle while Protein-Rich Shakes and Balanced Nutrition can help you control hunger and put you in the right frame of mind to fight your bad habits!! #drdavidheber #addiction #foodporn #mood #carbs #junkfood to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com and read PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND TRANSFORMATION available on Amazon.com for $5.49k

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