Dr. Drew's Lifechanger and Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow
says that the reason why so many people struggle with weight and diet is
because food is both psychologically and physically addicting. Avoid the
withdrawal of food addiction by swapping the three most addictive foods with
these easy and delicious choices!
#1 Most Addictive Food: French
Did you know that all of the unhealthy and
carcinogenic fat in French fries releases heaps of dopamine in the brain?
That's the same chemical that's released by cocaine or alcohol.
Swap With: Celery
Celery dipped in salsa can deliver dopamine
to your brain the same way French fries do. Spicy foods rev up metabolism and
release dopamine, tricking the brain into happy mode. Another great option: red
peppers or baby carrots with hummus. The healthy fat in hummus doesn't just
release dopamine... it also prevents disease and helps put you in a healthy
mood. These swaps also have higher satiety values than fries
they'll keep you fuller, longer.
#2 Most Addictive Food: Soda
The caffeine in all kinds of soda releases
dopamine in the brain, and the sugar in regular soda releases serotonin.
Studies show that diet soda isn't any better; people who drink it regularly are
as likely to be overweight as regular soda drinkers.
How do you get off soda without headaches,
fatigue, and irritability? Do it slowly! Replace soda with flavored and
unsweetened iced green tea or unsweetened iced black tea: Both will give you a
sustainable boost of dopamine while giving you hefty doses of disease-fighting
antioxidants and compounds that promote weight loss. Or try a stevia-sweetened
option like iced mint green tea.
When Domino's changed its recipe to include
40% more cheese last year, sales skyrocketed. It's no wonder
—all that extra
cheese gives customers an explosion of dopamine in the brain! Just one slice
contains 2/3 of the daily recommended intake of saturated fat. And who can stop
at just one slice?
Swap With: Pizza?!
The secret swap for pizza? Pizza! Just eat it
the way they do in Italy. Order the thin crust, and request light cheese. If
you're at home, try a whole-wheat crust, pour on the marinara sauce, and get
the pizza piping hot; heating tomatoes actually improves absorption of
lycopene, the heart disease-fighting antioxidant. Skip the pepperoni in favor
of grilled chicken or veggies.
Here's a way to raise your dopamine levels:
Pair your healthy pizza with a glass of wine you've been meaning to try, or ask
out that barista you've been flirting with! The excitement can help you feel
—and that deep-dish pepperoni will start to look like, well...
artery-clogging, grease-dripping dough.