Learn how to Lose Weight - Is It All in Your Head?
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This is Joe. Welcome back! Now how many times have you thought or have you heard that you don't have the will power or the self discipline to stick with the diet. I mean how many times have you been through a diet and you try to cut off the sugar and the refined carbohydrates and the starches and just cannot do it. There is a reason why you can't do it because, sugar is a drug. Anything that you take out of your diet and you literary have withdrawals from, I consider it to be drug. And what a lot of people are not realizing is that, it doesn't have a whole lot to do with self discipline and will power all the time, a lot of times it could be physiology, it could be brain chemistry. And a lot of the ideas I am going to talk about today are from a book called The Diet Cure by Julia Ross, a very good book that I just – I read not too long ago, and I have been using some of the concepts in this book and they have been totally working with my clients. And she talks a lot about brain chemicals, what’s going on in our dome. See our bodies and our brains make chemicals like Norepinephrine, Dopamine, Endorphin, Serotonin, GABA, and these are all good happy chemicals they keep us happy, they kill physical pain, they kill emotional pain, they help us relax and sedate us right, but a lot of us don't have the proper amount of these, for several different reasons. You could have inherited a deficiency from your parents, you could be stressed all the time, you literally use these chemical up, third off and very important is that, sugar, starches, alcohol, drugs, what they do in your body is they -- this is the receptor for those good chemicals, those good brain chemicals that I mentioned, and this is a drug or alcohol or food like sugar, it binds to the receptor. It clogs the receptor that those good chemicals are supposed to fill, and so when it does that, your body reduces its natural production of those good chemicals, right. And so, when you are feeling down or you are feeling like you need a little pep in your step, your body doesn't produce those chemicals, instead it sends out a craving to you for sugar, alcohol and drugs. And so what Julia Ross found is -- she worked with alcoholics and drug addicts, she found that when they got off alcohol and drugs, they turned to sugar because sugar pretty much does the same thing as alcohol and drugs do. Now maybe that's your issue, maybe that what going on in your dome, alright? So another way in you can be deficient is by not having enough protein in your diet, and I can totally relate to this one, I will tell you about it later, because proteins are made out of amino acids, and so are these chemicals. Norepinephrine, which is your natural energizer, your natural caffeine, is made from L-Tyrosine. Now L-Tyrosine is in meat and it's also in supplement form. So I have been using L-Tyrosine with some of my clients, and they feel so much better. They don't need their coffee, they don't need that sugar pick me up. What's the other one? Endorphin, Endorphin is like -- it numbs your emotional, physical pain. Well, Endorphin is made by Phenylalanine which is the another amino acid. If you don't have enough Phenylalanine in your body, then you are not going to produce Endorphin. And what's interesting about Phenylalanine is that there is a ton of Phenylalanine in diet sodas, and I find that a lot of people can't give off the diet sodas, they are addicted because Phenylalanine in the diet soda maybe stimulating production of Endorphin and numbing their emotional and physical pain. So they are addicted to the diet soda. Or Serotonin, Serotonin is your happy chemical. That's made by L-Tryptophan an amino acid, and so what's really interesting about Serotonin is the first, the very first nutrient depleted in your body by dieting, is Serotonin. This is why people get depressed when they go on diet. So you can get L-Tryptophan in supplement form as well. You can also use 5-HTP, you can also get