Diet Rehab: 28 Days To Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat

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Penguin, Dec 27, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 336 pages
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The co-host of TLC's hit series, Freaky Eaters, reveals the ultimate diet plan to kick the junk-food habit in just four weeks- without the pain of withdrawal.

In March 2010, The Scripps Research Institute released a study showing how rats on a junk-food diet had just as difficult a time-if not more so-giving up excess fat and sugar as the rats who were struggling to recover from cocaine dependence. The results showed that certain foods actually alter the brain's chemistry, making our consumption of these foods less like an indulgence and more like an addiction.

Our brains require two key neurotransmitters to maintain proper mood and function, serotonin and dopamine. We get a rush of the two when we eat junk food, but the converse is also true: If we stop eating them cold turkey, we go through serotonin and dopamine withdrawal. This is what causes so many dieters to ultimately fail. In order to successfully lose weight, explains Dr. Mike Dow, dieters should be sensitive both to their emotional and physical needs. Dr. Dow, a psychologist who specializes in addictive behavior and eating disorders, introduces a four-week program for breaking the hold that food has over the body, mind, and spirit by gradually decreasing the amount of "bad" foods while increasing activities and foods that boost serotonin and dopamine levels. Sensible and uniquely effective, Diet Rehab eliminates the withdrawal pains of most diet plans, and provides the structure for a sustainable, healthy, and happy lifestyle.

 

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We all know that the chips, cookies, and burgers we love can make us fat. Lately, we've also come to realize that the salt, fats, and sugar in these foods can be addictive because they affect our ... Read full review

Contents

Obsessive Eating and Serotonin
How Do I Let Go?
Set Yourself Up for Success
Am I an Emotional Eater?
Emotional Eating and Your Brain Chemistry
Putting Your Emotions in Perspective
Why Am I Like This?
Am I a Binge Eater?

Feeling Calm Peaceful and Positive
Diets Dont WorkTackling Addiction Does
Finding Freedom from Food
Are You Addicted to Food?
The Dangers of Tolerance
Making It Through Withdrawal
Addiction and YoYo Dieting
Getting to Know Your Hunger
The Reward Response
What Is Gradual Detox?
Why Diet Rehab Works Where Diets Fail
28 Days of Gradual Detox
The 7 Ps to Avoid
The 7 Ps to Master
FineTuning Your Brain Chemistry
Are You Hungry for Serotonin?
Serotonin and Your Body
How Sugar and Carbs Make You Tired and Hungry
Why Dieting Makes You MiserableEspecially If Youre a Woman
A Powerful Tool for SelfTransformation
Identifying Your Mantra
How Your Mantra Affects Your Weight
Transforming Your Mantra
Boosting Your Belief in Yourself
How Cindy Changed Her Mantra
Satisfying Serotonin
Are You Ravenous for Dopamine?
Harder on Men?
The Dopamine Reward
Paying the Price for Your Caffeine Buzz
Why Diet Soda Is Bad for Your Waistline
Frustration Boredom and Feelings of Inadequacy
Identifying Your Mantra
How Your Mantra Affects Your Weight
Transforming Your Mantra
Using Diet Rehab to Transform Your Mantra
Supporting Your New Mantra
Revitalizing Dopamine
Rewriting Your Mantra
Feeding Your Brain to Control Your Life
Whats Your Trigger?
Be Kind to Yourself
Breaking the Cycle of Fear and Fat
Rules to Live by for Binge Eaters
Freeing Yourself from Bingeing
My Own Story
Natural Flavors
Recalibration Made Easy
The Science of Satiety
Rehabbing Your Home
Finding the Time Money and Energy to Rehab Your Diet
The Perils of Salt
Jasmines Story
Andrews Story
Keys to Cutting Salt
Start Slow But Keep Going
Your Diet Rehab Treatment Plan
Serotonin Booster Activities
Serotonin Pitfall Foods
One Step at a Time
Your Diet Rehab Treatment Plan
Dopamine Booster Foods
Dopamine Booster Activities
Dopamine Pitfall Foods
By Leaps and Bounds
Journal Your Way to Weight Loss
Frequently Asked Questions
Booster Snacks and Meals
Keep Your Pitfalls Manageable
Swaps and Switches
Beware the Stealth Foods
GENERAL READING
HOW I KICKED MY FOOD ADDICTION AND HOW YOU CAN TOO
CHAPTER 1 WILLPOWER IS NOT THE PROBLEM
CHAPTER 3 THE SECRET OF GRADUAL DETOX
RAVENOUS FOR DOPAMINE
STARVING FOR EVERYTHING
REGAINING CONTROL
JONESING FOR SUGAR AND CARBS
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Dr. Mike Dow has studied with Dr. Harville Hendrix and been trained in the treatment of addiction at the Betty Ford Center's Professionals in Residence Program. He lives in Los Angeles.
ANTONIA BLYTH is a health and beauty writer who works with such publications as US Weekly and Marie Claire UK.

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