Introduction Dr. Eric Westman: It is my great pleasure to have Dr. Vera Tarman with me today. We are going to be talking about sugar and food addiction – is it real? What is it? What can you do about it? Dr. Tarman is the medical director of one of
Can’t stop eating once you start? Do you think about food all day? Feel like you’re genuinely addicted to food and worried you’ll never break those patterns? You’re not alone! Keto diets help to curb hunger and kill sugar cravings in most people, but some still struggle to stop binge eating and compulsive overeating. Here’s a collection of Dr. Westman’s insights about sugar and food addiction after having worked with thousands of patients for over thirty years.
Harm reduction Dr. Eric Westman: What am I doing when I tell someone to just put a big bowl of sugar-free Jello in the fridge, let it set, and have as much of that as you want? There are no carbs in it, so you don’t get the sugar. You
Is sugar and food addiction actually the same thing? Sugar addiction is real and it’s what we deal with all the time. I think they’re not exactly the same. Most people have an addiction or inability to not eat something. When you don’t eat it, you crave it and you
One of the biggest things I realized with the low-carb or keto diet, is that your hunger completely goes away. This is so different to other diets, which are calorie restrictive, you feel like you’re starving, and they’re not sustainable. Could you explain why and how the hunger goes away?