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Food addiction - the hidden cause of obesity

By Althea Hayton, May 9 2014 06:00AM


The present epidemic of obesity and overweight has a sinister cause: many of us have, without realising it, become food addicts. Addiction to certain food ingredients, such as wheat, sugar and dairy products puts the appetite into overdrive and this is why some of us overeat. This idea is now becoming common, but when this diet was first published it was revolutionary.


I know from personal experience what being a food addict can mean. For me, "just a little" of the wrong food could spell disaster for my slimming efforts! To lose weight I have to give up my favourite "food fix" entirely, in just the same way that a smoker must give up smoking tobacco entirely. However, because food is a 'basic need', handling a 'food addiction' is so much more complex and challenging. That's why we came up with this book. It's designed to help address food addiction without curing it. It's a way of eating, not a diet, and it helps you to find your back back to healthy control with your eating.


I knew all about nicotine addiction, but I spent 42 years as a food addict and never realised what was going on. While carrying out some research into food intolerance, I discovered the four foods that were driving my appetite into overeating: wheat, cows milk, sugar and potatoes.


As an experiment, I eliminated all four of these ingredients from my daily diet and was amazed at the results: I ate less, lost weight easily and gained in energy and vitality. This discovery was a defining moment in my life, when many decades of trying out endless, unsuccessful slimming diets made sense at last.


I could not wait to tell everyone about this simple new diet. I set out to prove my theory with the help of 100 people who responded to an advertisement asking for people to try "a new kind of slimming diet." I set before them an experiment: to eliminate the four "zero" foods [ie wheat, sugar, cows milk and potato] for three weeks, and eat as much as they liked of everything else. Hardly a starvation diet!


Unexpectedly, only 50% of the participants were prepared to try this and the other 50% refused outright - I eventually understood this to be a sign of food addiction. The willing 50% tried it, lost weight, felt better and saw various annoying medical problems such as headaches, simply disappear. It is becoming increasingly clear that food addiction is the sinister hidden ingredient in many of the problems people have with food. This book is a simple, unglamorous introduction to a groundbreaking idea that was well ahead of its time. Following this simple plan, while it may be difficult, is likely to change your relationship to food!



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