Weight Loss Apocalypse-Emotional Eating Rehabilitation Through the hCG Protocol by Robin Phills Woodall is an excellent book which poses the dilemma of what to do after weight loss. Most weight loss attempts fail because people don’t have a replacement activity for rapacious eating. After weight loss, there is a whole new you with a new identity which people readily recognize and applaud.
Robin Phills Woodall challenges people who lose weight to shed their old identity and adopt a new one. For many people, this task is not easy because it comes after years or decades of seeking reward from food. The place to begin is by finding new hobbies and activities which are good substitutes for binging on food.
For some, over-compensating with exercise becomes the new substitute. This can be problematic because athletes rationalize that they can overeat since significant energy has been expended. For athletes, a better strategy is to eat protein after workouts and not sugar or excess carbs. Another strategy is to eat more meals during the day but smaller ones.
Ms. Woodall explains the partial success of Dr. Simeons’ hCG protocol which utilizes injections to induce less eating. The problem with the hCG protocol alone is that the patient loses weight and regains it later. There must be a change in behavior directed to less eating on a permanent basis, as well as a substitute for the habitual binge eating. A substantial part of the answer may lie in a permanent lifestyle change.
The urge to eat is caused by decreased brain leptin because food stimulates leptin. Excess ATP and leptin equate to more fat cells. The daily administration of FAS inhibitors increases mitochondria in red and white skeletal muscle. This could explain why studies show an increase in metabolism tested through indirect calorimeters.
The author explains that too many of us overeat because of a feeling of vulnerability, emotional weakness or as a reward. i.e. I earned the right to overeat because I did a lot of work or exercise. The challenge for over-eaters is this one. Can you stop eating when hunger has been satisfied? A related question is the re-prioritizing of food in your life. Most people eat out of sheer habit and not necessity. For this reason, many trainers recommend eating four to six smaller meals throughout the day.
Weight Loss Apocalypse-Emotional Eating Rehabilitation Through the hCG Protocol challenges us to rethink our ideas about food in favor of finding viable hobbies and substitutes in order to live life more fully with less eating. The presentation is easy to read and understand. There is an extensive section on References and a Glossary at the end of the book.
Prestigious research journals are cited. Examples include The British Journal of
Clinical Pharmacology, Nature, The Journal of Physiology, The National Academy of Sciences and Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.