Never Sucked Dick For Coke, But Food Addiction Is Real, I Seen It

#Truth

Food addiction is entirely real.  I’ve seen it.  Researchers have found that when consumed, food releases certain chemicals in the pleasure centers of the brain (the same ones people feel all giddy with glee over when they use drugs) that make them feel all warm on the inside.  They have on record, seen that certain reactions are the same as a person with a cocaine or heroin addiction.

Minus the raging anger/talkativeness and purple dragon.  Just can’t seem to catch that fucking dragon.

Anyway, for a long time, the idea of being addicted to food was essentially scoffed at.  People were told they just needed some “self control”, or to “…get off their fat ass and do something else”.  Sound familiar?  But in recent decades, with the rising obesity epidemic, researchers decided to look at the causes of it.

They began to notice more and more people were becoming addicted to food, using it as an escape of sorts to make themselves feel better.  For one, food isn’t illegal, and relatively easy to come by (apparently there are places everywhere that sell it. Don’t even need to “know a guy who know’s a guy” to find it).

So how does food addiction actually happen? Processed junk foods have a powerful effect on the “reward” centers in the brain, involving brain neurotransmitters like dopamine.  The foods that seem to be the most problematic include typical “junk foods,” (like candy) as well as foods that contain either sugar or wheat, or both.  Food addiction is not about a lack of willpower or anything like that.  It is caused by the intense dopamine signal “hijacking” the biochemistry of the brain.  There are many studies that support the fact that food addiction is a real problem.

There are several signs and symptoms that can help to identify if you or someone you know truly has a problem with food.  I won’t go into details, as there are several, but take a look at that link to help spot them.  You may laugh, but it could help save someone you know and care about from serious problems down the line.

And just like with any addiction, there are support groups.  For example foodaddictsanonymous.org is one such site.  These are in most maenters as well.  Like with most problems, the first step is admitting that there is one.

  1. Set Boundaries with Unsafe Foods. Typically, trigger or “unsafe” foods are removed from the diet and boundaries are set so that managing these foods in a healthier way can be relearned. If someone binges on ice cream when he or she is stressed, it’s best not to keep it in the house. Eliminating the temptation until he or she can eat ice cream again in a balanced way is a safe option.
  2. Follow a Structured Meal Plan. A person suffering from an unhealthy relationship with food can get on the right track to recovery by following a meal plan and normal eating pattern. This helps the person set safe boundaries with food, and feel satisfied so that there is not a physiological need to eat. It’s more tempting to be out of control with food when there is physical deprivation.
  3. Learn Healthy Coping Strategies. Address reasons for turning to food to cope. Identify healthier coping mechanisms and strategies so that one can begin learning healthier means of dealing with emotions.
  4. Seek Professional Advice. Beating a food addiction is a process and does not happen overnight; it often needs to involve a registered dietitian and licensed therapist that specialize in the area of disordered eating. These professionals will help a person suffering from food addiction implement appropriate strategies, and provide accountability and sound advice.

Those are some examples from our friends over at myfitnesspal.com of ways to help.  In reality it can be a lot more complicated than that, but as always with our philosophy here, see a doctor.  They can help point you in the right direction to get you or someone you know the help that they need to become a healthier individual.

For those that don’t mind reading and find things like this interesting, the Food Addiction Institute released an interesting research article about food addiction, that I do suggest reading.  It can be sciency, so I do warn you, but it is interesting nonetheless.

3 Realizations One Comes To When Getting Less Fat

Hidy ho there!  How’s life been for you?  That’s wonderful.  I’m glad.  It’s been awhile since my last post, I know this.  You don’t need to point it out.  Life has been full of ups and downs, and it was a busy summer workwise.  Not much of an excuse, but it’s the only one I have for you.

Anyways, this isn’t the first time that I have been in a weight loss transformation, as I have said before.  While going through this most recent change, I was coming to some realizations that I had came to the last time.  I had forgotten some of these, others are things that I knew but haven’t mentioned, others I have.

I thought it would be a good idea to put these in a nice list form for you people, especially the ones out there with the attention span of a gnat (lists are fun!).  Now, I aim to provide links to some of these that need them.  You know, so you can see I’m not just blowing smoke up your ass with my own opinion.

  1. You Are The Reason You Fail

Redundant?  Damn right it is.  It is one of our major philosophies here at Tough Love & Kittens, and with good reason.  Remember when I spoke about Bob?  You know, that little voice in your head that tells you you aren’t able to do that?  Or that there are too many problems keeping you from achieving your goal, or that it will take too long.  This is you, psyching yourself out.  You CAN do this, and have to.  You got yourself here, you’re the reason you keep failing.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are medical reasons why people have issues here.  There is a video that came out recently by comedian and satirist Nicole Arbour.  She has gotten a lot of backlash for saying what she said about fat people.  Do I think that’s deserved?  Hell no. I agree with a lot of points she made.

One video was put out there in response to it, and the individual was going off on how you can’t tell what’s going on with a person just by looking at them.  This is true.  I have some things going on, and am correcting the problem, and moving forward in becoming less fat.  Other people don’t seem to care, and say “Fuck it.  I am this way and that’s good enough for me.”  That’s okay too.  If you want to be a poor example of a person and use a medical excuse as the reason your life isn’t the greatest, that’s fine.  Just shut the fuck up anytime you get flack for it.

 

  1. Not All Weight Loss Is The Same

This question I have asked a lot of people, and the amount of times it gets answered correctly is quite frightening.

“Which weighs more: a pound of fat or a pound of muscle?”  I’ll give you a second to answer that, without using Google.  You’re probably wrong.  Most people say muscle, as it is a myth that has been ingrained into our minds from day one.  They weigh the same.  Muscle does NOT weigh more than fat.  Don’t think that you have lots of muscle, it’s just under the fat.  I mean you do have muscle, it’s just covered by fat.

Muscle and fat have a different density.  Look at a cut of beef that hasn’t been trimmed for example.  If you exist in a world that encompases only you, are from Toronto, or are just stupid. you probably have no idea what I am talking about, so I’ll explain.

Muscles are tight, and compact, ie have a higher density.  Fat, is the opposite.  It’s less dense, meaning it is more spaced out and lucid, like water.  It occupies more space.  This is why you can have two people stand next to each other that are the same height and both weigh 250 lbs.  The major noticeable difference will be the fact that one is a healthy and less fat, with more muscle definition, and the other is not (that’s a nice way of me saying they look like I did back in January).

 

  1. Failure Is Inevitable, And Okay

People get really hard on themselves when they stray from their path.  “I ate this piece of cheesecake, then the rest of it.  Diets done  MAOR CHEESECAKE!”

This above scenario happens a lot.  Way more than most people will admit to others.  They usually end up alone, depressed, and binging on junk food.  But I am here to tell you a little secret.  It’s a big one that people try telling you, but you don’t want to hear it.  Mostly because you still feel bad.

It is OKAY to fail.  It’s inevitable.  There are going to be days where you will fall off the wagon and not eat 100% healthy.  There are going to be days when you can’t get to the gym.  There are days where you just don’t go because you made some bad choices.

Life gives you obstacles and days where you can’t make it to the gym. That’s okay, just remember to go hard when you do.  When you can go, go.  You will be happy.  I put my back out and for the last almost two weeks I didn’t go.  Granted I wanted to make sure I didn’t over do it.  But I still felt like a sack of smashed assholes, and guilty as hell.  The gym is relaxing, and therapeutic.

Don’t believe me?  You’re either still making bad decisions, or you’re doing it wrong.

OH MY GOD! THERE’S A MIRACLE PILL!

Just kidding.  Now that I have your attention, I thought it would be best to bring up and discuss a few things.

Dr. Oz is full of shit.  The guy has been discredited multiple times, and had to go to court for his claims on weight loss products.  He even admitted his claims were not backed by any science.  I understand the idea of having sponsors, and discussing the products on TV to sell said product.  It’s how product placements work, and it’s how popular shows keep cash flow coming in for the stars and the network, without having to fork out fuckloads of cash.

By the way, have you tried Brawndo, and his amazing cousin Powerthirst energy drinks?  They are fantastic!  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Yeah, that’s how product placement works.  And honestly, it’s just that fucking stupid to me when people tell me about these “amazing and awesome products that actually work” with no science behind any of it.

**Side note**  Most of the “miracle” pills you see advertised on TV that tell you they work, ever notice it’s on an American based channel?  That’s because there are only two countries that allow it (That’s right. ‘Murica, fuck yea!)  That’s how bad it actually is to do.  And anyone that says there are not a lot of side effects is full of shit.  With those pills, there is always a danger.  Trust me here.  I bought into a lof of that shit a while back, and fucked myself up for a while.  How so?  My heart fucking stopped.  This is why we can not stress this enough: SEE YOUR FUCKING DOCTOR. I was fortunate that I was around friends that helped me (it’s kind of a funny yet freaky story for another time) and that’s why I am here today.  We have experienced the problems and are lucky to be here to tell you this stuff.

But hear me now when I say this with the utmost clarity and truth: There is no miracle pill that will make you lose the weight.  So stop buying useless products.  You’re wasting your money.  Don’t get me wrong, there are certain stacks (don’t do them unless you know a large portion about said products, as well as the effects on people.  And especially without consulting your doctor) and even then, they don’t “make you skinny”.  They assist in regulating certain things, and feature products with different intended purposes that work together to enhance energy, endurance and recovery.  But for everything we are telling you, YOU WON’T NEED THEM.  They are more something worth researching because it’s an interesting aspect of the field, and not really something you need anyways (like I said, not for the purposes we are doing, not yet anyways).  As well, unless you’re planning on getting into fitness competitions, you don’t need them.

Those “magic”pills are primarily made up of the same “special proprietary blend of ingredients”.  It’s mostly all the same base items in varying amounts, that really don’t do anything special.  It’s much easier (and cheaper) taking them on their own instead of in pill form.  “What are they?” you are frantically asking? For the most part, its regular items you see everyday, and sometimes use a fancier sciencey term for it.  Others are new age “miracles”.  Some include:

    • Capsicum/Capsaicin: Which is mostly Cayenne Pepper/Chili Powder.  Add that shit to your food people, gives you flavor.
    • Garcinia Cambogia:  When you see works like “…fail to replicate this…” in studies, skip it.  Next.
    • Hoodia:  Next.

 

 
There are so many more items that I could list, but would be here all fucking day.  The bottom line is, there is NO MIRACLE PILL that will cause you to lose weight (speed might, but that gets pricey, is supplied by some terrible people for the most part, and is, well, highly illegal).  The best way to do it is to get off your ass and work for this kids.  How badly do you want to see your son or daughter graduate?  Or get married?  Or grandchildren?

We all have our reasons for doing this.  I just want to give you the truth from someone that has and is suffering through it, so you don’t make the mistakes I did.

Peanut Butter Banana Fluff!

Ice Cream Without The Guilt!

 

Who doesn’t like a little fluff in their life?  Lincoln and I were talking not long ago about desserts that can be eaten when watching calories and this was one that popped up.  It was something I had made before, but had no name to put to it, not until Lincoln had called it protein fluff.

It’s a delicious little healthy treat that is easy as hell to make, even if you have never really cooked very much.  All you need is a food processor (a blender works just the same, but the processor is easier to clean, and you get less waste).

There are several other variations of this that you can make, but this one is probably my favorite, at least from what I have tried making so far.  I based this on a 10 serving recipe, as its more of a treat item than anything else.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas, Frozen
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 4 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder (I prefer chocolate for this though)

Method:

  1. Cut frozen bananas into small chunks.  This allows it to blend more easily.
  2. Place protein, peanut butter and bananas in processor and blend.  Slowly add almond milk until smooth.
  3. Enjoy.

Yep. That easy.  It’s high in protein, and is just awesome.

Nutrition:

  • Calories: 299
  • Total Fat: 19 g
  • Total Carbs: 19 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 19 g

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.  I’ll post different variations of this over time, especially as I try new variations of it.

Sunday Update: May 17/2015

Two Week In A Row!

 

Huzzahs!  I managed to sneak two weeks worth of recordings this week!  Go me!  (I know that this is actually Monday that I am posting this, but I wrote it on Sunday night.)

Enough of that shit.

So, interesting week.  I’ve been working as much as I can on not shoveling food in my gullet.  And it’s been working.  I don’t mean that I have been starving myself and not eating.  I simply just cut my caloric intake based entirely on the fact that I knew I would be behind the wheel more than I would be able to get into the gym or move.  Lincoln yelling at me helped a lot.  For once.  Dick.

It’s a simple equation really: calories in vs. calories out.  If you know you will be doing enough activity for a certain period of time that will burn X amount of calories, consume Y amount.  Y is an average amount that isn’t overly more than what your intake is.  If someone is telling you that that doesn’t matter, and that calories in, plays no part in being fat or not, than that person is a fucking idiot.  Chances are they are trying to tell you something.

It’s a major factor.  Telling me that being only slightly active and consuming 6000+ calories is okay, just means you’re an idiot, and clearly do not understand reality.

Moving forward, when you are aiming to make your weight goals, meals make up (I firmly believe it’s this high) around 80% of the task.  Being relatively active and doing the normal things a person would do on a day is usually good enough.  Adding extra activity is just icing on the cupcake…mmm, cupcake…one second…

When you first start out, keep a food journal.  Check out our Downloads page for some decent Android apps that we use.  They do help quite a lot, especially when you are first starting out, to gain a reality check on what you are actually putting into your body.  Trust me when I say this, the results will shock you.

Anyways, time for the results.

Last weeks:

  • Weight: 309.2 lbs
  • Chest: 128.3 cm
  • Right Arm: 47 cm
  • Left Arm: 47 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 122.6 cm
  • Navel: 124.5 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 121.9 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 116.8 cm
  • Right Thigh: 66 cm
  • Left Thigh: 66 cm

This weeks results:

  • Weight: 303.2 lbs
  • Chest: 127 cm
  • Right Arm: 45.7 cm
  • Left Arm: 45.7 cm
  • 2″ Above Navel: 119.4 cm
  • Navel: 124.5 cm
  • 2″ Below Navel: 121.9 cm
  • Hips (widest point): 114.3 cm
  • Right Thigh: 67.6 cm
  • Left Thigh: 67.6 cm

I am happy that I managed to drop my weight (yay!).  Simple really, just eat less.  It’s actually easier than you think.  Don’t believe me?  Try it!  I double dog dare you.  Until next time.