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10 Apr 2003

Am I normal?
Hi DietDoc!

I weigh 62 kg and am 1.71m tall. I am trying to lose another 2 kilos - so I am eating realtively healthy - I eat fruit, nuts and provitas/crackers during the day...and lots of water...and normal low-fat meals for breakfast and supper. Yet every now and again I find myself going crazy and overeating on bad foods! For example I can eat a whole BIG (and I mean big) packet of milk bottle sweets or a box of chocolates in a matter of a few hours. I just feel like I cant stop until its all finished. And then I feel so guilty afterwards. I would never make myself bring it all up (although I have thought about it and it is quite tempting - just to make the guilt go away!!!) so I drink lots of water - because apparently it helps when you have cheated to not pick up weight.

Am I normal or just very very very abnormal!?
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Reader
You are certainly not abnormal! Your body is just letting you know that you are starving it, esp of sufficient carbohydrates. I published an article last week or so on this site about Dietary factors that influence appetite and one of the important factors, is how much carbohydrate you ingest. If you eat too little, your serotonin levels in the brain drop to low levels and this triggers the urge to eat sugar, sweets, chocolates, any food that will push up those levels again. So include more unprocessed carbs at each meal and you won't have this urge. Remember that the athletes who are probably the fittest and leanest in the world - the cyclists who participate in the Tour de France - they eat up to 70% of their diet in the form of unprocessed carbs!
Take care
DietDoc
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