food addiction is a myth

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Overeating2 Comments

Chocolate Berry Pavlova

“No matter what I do I can’t seem to stop craving sugar! I feel like I’m a slave to my cravings. I’m addicted to sugar!” Does this sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. I hear this all the time. If it’s not sugar you can’t stop eating, maybe it’s fast food. Or chips. Or some other food. Well, I’m here with some good news for you. You are NOT addicted to ________ (insert food you eat compulsively). You do NOT have a food addiction. I know this is controversial and some nutrition experts might even disagree with me … Read More

6 dangers of calorie counting (and how to avoid them)

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6 dangers of calorie counting

It might surprise you to hear that I, a Dietitian, am not a huge fan of calorie counting. It’s not one of my recommended techniques for managing weight.  It might also relieve you to hear this, if you’ve had a bad experience with counting calories, or you’ve been thinking about doing it! Don’t get me wrong… some people enjoy the process of logging and calculating everything they eat and do. New technology is making this easier and more enjoyable, too. If you enjoy it, and it works for you, go ahead and do it. But most people simply don’t have the time or patience for it. The … Read More

my story: how I stopped overeating

Jessica Penner, RDNutrition, Overeating2 Comments

When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 27, it came as a revelation. It explained why I’d been losing weight for months: a tumour had decided to eat some of my extra calories. You see, losing weight wasn’t something I’d decided to do. To me, weight loss and weight gain always seemed like something out of my control. As a teen, I would sneak ice cream at night and eat a litre at a time, without ever gaining weight. I figured my genetic make-up was looking after me. As a young adult I noticed my belly growing, … Read More

my story: how I stopped overeating

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My story how I stopped overeating

This article was originally published on my friend and colleague’s amazing website Carrots and Cake by Nita Sharda. I used to overeat. I’ve never been significantly overweight, so people are surprised to hear this. When you think of overeating, you think of someone who is above their natural weight range, right? Well, I used to purposefully undereat as well. I was able to keep my weight within some control, but only through a lot of physical and mental anguish. Here’s a glimpse into my life as a first year university student: Friday: Go to a party and eat a lot of chips. Feel … Read More

“the biggest loser:” what not to do to lose weight

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New research is highlighting how dangerous The Biggest Loser is. Researchers found that 6 years after the show ended, their bodies burn 200-800 calories less than most people their size. Most of the participants ended up gaining most or all of their weight back. There’s a reason you’ll never see a reunion show. The producers don’t want to draw attention to what happens to their participants. The health risks associated with yoyo weight loss gives the show a particularly bad rap. Several studies have shown that it’s healthier to remain overweight than lose weight and regain it again. Research has also shown that viewers … Read More