Food Addictions: Are They For Real?

December 3rd, 2015


Why is our laser weight control program so unique? Because unlike traditional programs, which focus primarily on calorie restriction (or carbohydrate, fat, sugar, etc), our program approaches weight issues as a Food Addiction. We understand that there is a physiological relationship between the brain and unhealthy foods that, when interrupted, causes problems.

The reception of food addictions as a legitimate condition has taken some time, and it still has a ways to go. But, for the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan looked at exactly which types of foods could be the most addictive, and why.

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Some excerpts from the story:

There have been reports of people losing control over how much they eat, and experiencing withdrawal when they are cut off, just like with drug and alcohol addiction………. 

In a similar manner that drugs are processed to increase their addictive potential, this study provides insight that highly processed foods may be intentionally manufactured to be particularly rewarding through the addition of fat and refined carbohydrates, like white flour and sugar……

The researchers found that the most problematic foods tended to be those with a high glycemic load……which make foods more difficult to stop eating in a similar way as drugs that are highly concentrated and rapidly absorbed into the body are more addictive……..

Although a handful of almonds and a milkshake might have the same number of calories, they will have a different effects on your brain and your reward system, and you will be much more likely to go back to get more of the milkshake……..

Many of the symptoms of food addiction look like drug addiction, including that people need more and more of the food item to get the same effect. They also accept negative consequences to obtain it and feel the anxiety or agitation of withdrawal when they can’t have it………..

Break-ups are never easy! Sure, self-control and discipline play a role, but an effective approach to any addiction requires empathy and support, both of which we provide at Alpha Lifestyle Center of Birmingham. Laser therapy (laser acupuncture) is just one of the many tools we use to help our customers. More information about laser therapy for weight control can be found under Our Services, Weight Management on our website,


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