Are You Addicted to Food, Or Just the Rat Research?

Topics: Obesity and Weight Loss

My private practice based in Santa Barbara is primarily about weight loss. I’ve been able to study it too, including Chef Clinic and RealAge Diet programs.

But this week’s report in Nature showing the more high fat junk food rats eat, the more they want to eat it and the less rewarded they feel is sad. Because too often we see brain chemistry and addiction as insurmountable.

Out of our hands. Off our plates. (Whether rat research applies to people is also important…often it doesn’t).

But as Marion Nestle points out about the new West Virginia research showing that Jamie Oliver’s reality TV intervention kids didn’t like the more higher fat(!) food or change their eating habits.

In the UK, Oliver’s food has apparently improved kids’ test scores and attendance.

The trap here is that sometimes research does not measure what is really important.

What is really important is that people who want to lose weight and keep it off find a method and an someone to be strongly accountable. And stick to them: that works, over and over again, in my practice.

The best diet is one you can stay on, that uses Real Foods. Meals that fit for you, into your lifestyle, time-frame, and capabilities. And that help change your life.

Have you had success with an approach/person that really works?

  • Sue

    Caring for my mom with dementia was a huge wake up call for me. I didn’t want to have the same health issues. My mom scared me straight! I changed my ways. I lost weight and I feel better than I did at 30 – I’m now 50.