Research has shown that sugar is eight-times more addicting than cocaine making it a hard substance to cut from our diet, as we get dopamine highs from it. However, we can also get dopamine highs when we laugh, exercise, and spend quality time with friends and family.
A recent scientific study where people were randomly assigned to either a low fat & high glycemic diet or a high fat & low glycemic diet of same caloric value, showed dramatically different health effects. The high glycemic & low fat diet group was always hungry and gained 70% more fat eating the same amount of calories as the low glycemic group that incorporated more healthy fat in their diet. The low glycemic & high fat group lost weight and increased their metabolism. Another study conducted by Harvard Medical School found that the Mediterranean Diet, a high fat & low glycemic diet, not only helps people lose weight but it also lowers the risk of heart disease.
Thus, you can still eat yummy food and improve your metabolism if you cut sugar. One of my favorite authors on this subject is Mark Hyman. In fact, the majority of my research that I found for this blog was presented by Mark Hyman last year at the Institute of Integrative Medicine and he co-wrote the movie “Fed Up.”