“Am I really powerless over my food?” The short answer is “no.” However, you might be powerless over certain foods—the ones to which you have become addicted (it's true, certain hyperpalatable foods can, in fact, be addictive).
Let’s clarify this concept further. If you struggle with food addictions it would be better to say that you are relatively powerless over these foods, since you do have the power to become abstinent.
In terms of your brain chemistry, it doesn’t matter if you’re a hard-core drug addict or a junk food addict; either way, the feel-good chemical receptors in your brain lose their responsiveness and you start to require more and more of your “drug” of choice to get the same pleasure that you became addicted to in the first place.
When you realize the mind-body reality of addiction, you begin to recognize the significance of abstinence. We all know about the proverbial cigarette smoker who, after quitting smoking for a few months, decides, “I know I can have one.” That first drag reawakens a sleeping nicotine beast and before that person knows it, it’s off to the races!
Regardless of the substance to which you’re addicted—whether it’s nicotine, cocaine, alcohol, or chocolate—if you dabble with that substance, you will most likely relapse.
Thin From Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss
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