Discover the best way to cut cravings,
ditch deprivation, and shift to a
new way of eating that makes you
look and feel fantastic.
By Pam Peeke, M. D., M.P. H.
The #1 Secret to Diet Success
Are You In?
Take the WH breakfast challenge!
Sitting down to eat a meal can help give your body
time to signal when it’s full. Once a week this
month, try this instead of eating on the run.
Share on Facebook photos of what you ate, and tag
@Women’s Health in the post.
Let’s be realistic: You aren’t going to trade in
your beloved potato chips for kale chips
overnight. And that’s why most diets fail you.
So many of them involve depriving your
body of the foods it’s accustomed to—a move
that sets you up for a weight-gain relapse.
And determination doesn’t matter. Your
brain will literally go through withdrawal—
and you’ll feel hungry all the time. In a study
published by the National Academy of Sciences,
when rats with access to sugar and chocolate-flavored food had those treats withheld, their
brains pumped out five times the normal levels
of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF)—the
same stress hormone unleashed in junkies
trying to kick a drug habit.
So instead of going cold turkey, transition
from bad eats to better ones in small steps. This
will teach your body to enjoy healthy foods that
satisfy hunger, and you’ll shed inches. Get ready
to welcome the end of yo-yo dieting—for good.