Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 310 David Kessler and The End of Overeating

One of the best books on overeating is that by former Surgeon General David Kessler, who suffers himself from the problem. His book is interesting, illuminating, and sane. No magic bullets, no big promises.

From Chapter 45: Making the Critical Perceptual Shift

"The enduring ability to eat differently depends on coming to view the trigger foods as enemies, not friends. It is not enough to be told that you shouldn't overeat, or that foods high in sugar, fat, and salt will only get you to eat more foods high in sugar, fat, and salt. No one can persuade you with intellectual arguments that such foods will not relieve stress but only make it worse.

But as you learn new approaches to eating and recognize the powerful influence of these trigger foods, you will begin to see that food has kept you trapped in a cue-reward-habit cycle. Only then can you accept that food rewards are short-lived and that their more enduring effect is to sustain your desire to keep eating. That's when you realize that if you stay trapped, you'll never eat enough to feel satisfied, and that 's when you can stop expecting food to make you feel better.

When this happens you begin to assign different value to foods. Your attitude shifts."

I highly recommend this book.

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