When I was obese, I was depressed. In part due to the fact that I was fatigued and exhausted most of the time. Now I know that the “food” I was eating contributed greatly to my depression. I wasn’t depressed just because I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. The carbs and sugar were poisoning and depriving my brain of what it needed. The standard America diet is filled with sugar and carbs and while sugar is sweet, it definitely has an unsavory side.
I am not a professional so this is just merely my opinion based on anecdotal evidence of my personal experience. There have been plenty of studies that show sweets and sugar can cause an addictive response in the brain that illegal drugs cause. Have you ever known a happy drug addict? I haven’t. Most addicts are almost always thinking about and looking for the next fix. We think we need it to feel better.
Sugar can cause mood swings, personality changes, and irritability in addition to all the physical ailments it can cause. Sugar also helps deplete needed nutrients from our body like vitamin B. Vitamin B deficiency causes chronic fatigue, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty focusing, and more cravings for sugar!
Most of my life I used food as a medication. I looked to it to cheer me up, comfort me and just for general relief for the feelings of “hunger”that I had. Eating carbs and sugar only brings temporary alleviation for whatever pain we are feeling. Then the pain feeling feels worse afterwards. It is a vicious cycle, especially for those of us who are/were obese. Every time I binged I felt worse about myself.
According to an article in Forbes magazine, 6.9% of Americans are depressed, which is apparently the highest depression rate in the world. Frankly, with the number of obese people in America (18.6 million with a total of 1.5 billion that are overweight), this seems surprisingly low to me. I don’t think it factors in the people who have no idea they were depressed. I didn’t know I was depressed, until I wasn’t anymore.
I suppose people can say, “Well sure Mary, you lost 92 pounds of course you are happier.” Well, yes, that plays a part, but I believe the biggest reason I am not depressed anymore is because I eat real food and I eat the food that science says my brain needs. I had a very hard time staying focused and alert when I was regularly ingesting bad carbs and sugar and I felt anxious a lot and had a hard time sleeping as well. I didn’t get a good night sleep for years. Now, I sleep really well and almost never wake up in the middle of the night.
If you feel like you have many of the issues I mentioned here and you are still fighting obesity and struggling with your addiction to carbs and sugar, please, consider living the rest of your life without them. You don’t need them and your brain doesn’t need them. Let them go and experience a new life. I promise with a diet full of yummy flavorful healthy fat foods, you eventually won’t miss the things that have caused you to be depressed and overweight.