February 2, 2018,
A friend of mine just started on this whole diet thing. Mind you this is the third time since the year began that she ‘decides’ she needs to go on a diet. The first time she was derailed by the food at a friend’s birthday party. In her words, “I just could not control myself, my stomach wanted those chips and that was that.” Last week it was the smell of a fast food joint on her way to the bus terminus from work. Yet here we are again, day 1 of many in this dieting cycle.
What got me concerned, however, is how she would get down on herself every time she ‘falls off the wagon’. Which got me thinking, do her food choices really have anything to do with her self- esteem as she purports?
Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, New York Times best-selling author and founder of Bright Line Eating says that it’s the other way around.
Apparently, leptin, the hormone in the brain that tells us we’re full and to stop eating is to blame. Ideally, people with leptin resistance might think that they have a say but they really don’t. Consequently, if your brain is convinced that you don’t have enough fuel on board, or if you’ve reduced the amount of food that it has decided is dangerous, it will force you to eat.
This thus explains Sheila’s third round in her cycle of pledging to start the latest diet.
How to break the cycle
Fortunately, for Sheila and many other young women out there, there really is no ambiguity about what kinds of food to eat. All you have to do is come up with a food plan devoid of sugar and flour. This, according to Dr. Thompson will drastically reduce insulin levels. A strict adherence to this and three meals a day with nothing in between allows digestion to complete fully.