The media is constantly publishing facts and figures around obesity, and whilst a lack of exercise is contributing to this, a major factor is in diet. But what about those who are not obese? Does that make them any more healthy? Research has shown that those who have a diet with a high level of carbohydrates and sugar are exposing themselves to medical conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. So the simple solution is to reduce the levels of carbohydrates and sugar in one’s diet. But what about if the person develops an addiction to them? Then what?
A clinic in South Africa has developed the world’s first carbohydrate and sugar addiction programme. The programme was developed by Tim Noakes, professor of exercise and head of the Sports Science Institute. He recognises that many families are eating too many carbohydrates, especially unrefined ones such as sugar, white bread and rice. Whilst for many, some education around healthier eating and direction as to how to achieve it will suffice, for others there is no longer the element of choice involved. As with any substance, whether it is alcohol, crack or heroin, sugar has a chemical effect on the body which has the potential to lead to physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms can include lethargy, headaches and mood swings.
The programme developed by Noakes helps with the physical side of the addiction whilst also helping with the psychological side of the addiction. Just as with any addiction, there is usually a reason why the person has got to this point in their lives, and these reasons will need to be addressed in order to make sure the person is able to live a healthy life, free from addiction, in future.
If you are interested in learning more about the programme, give us a call and we will be more than happy to discuss it.