Have you ever wondered if you suffer from food addiction? On his March 18 talk show, Dr. Mehmet Oz explored the signs of food addiction. Learn how to break the cycle. Plus: Learn all about Dr. Oz's new appetite-suppressing weight loss supplement, Irvingia.
Dr. Oz discussed food addiction and out-of-control eating patterns with expert Dr. Ramani Durvasula, author of "You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life" (click for details). She explained that food addiction symptoms include:
- Feeling preoccupied with food.
- Using food to manage emotions.
- Needing more and more of certain foods to feel numbness or feel positive
- Intense cravings for certain foods
You can break the cycle of food addiction, says Dr. Ramni. It may take time, but following these steps can help:
- When you feel that you're going to eat for the wrong reasons, take 10 minutes first to take control of your food.
- Recognize your trigger foods such as ice cream, and keep them out of the house.
- For two weeks, make a commitment to eat fresh, natural foods rather than opening up a bag of potato chips or carton of ice cream and digging in.
But what if you're not a food addict, yet still have difficult-to-manage cravings that prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals? Dr. Oz says that in such cases, the hormone leptin may be triggering those desires to eat. One way to help with that problem: Diet supplements.
In addition, you can re-set that hormone to kick the cravings with these tips from Dr. Oz:
- Plan your last meal and first meal so that at least 12 hours pass. Example: Eat your bedtime snack at 7 p.m., then eat nothing until breakfast at 7 a.m.
- Eat a filling breakfast that's high in fiber, protein and healthy fats by combining peanut butter and plain oatmeal.