Monday, April 11, 2016
Food Addiction & Why Will Power is Not Enough
David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD is a practicing pediatrician and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. He holds the rank of Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ludwig is Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. David comes on Bulletproof Radio to discuss food addiction, will power, and how to hack hunger. Enjoy the show!
"David: If all calories are alike then it’s your fault you're fat, for not being able to control your calorie balance. Guess who gets on carte blanche? The food industry because there are no bad foods. They can market junk foods. It’s fine to eat chips and cookies and crackers and sugary drinks. Just make sure to balance that and burn it off. Even if you could burn off the calories in a big Coke, very few of us actually can, but even if you could you're still going to be in a worse off metabolic state.
David: It’s not your fault that those recommendations were wrong. It’s not your fault that you can’t stay on a diet, on a calorie restricted diet because it’s really more about biology than willpower. I think that this is ultimately a psychologically liberating message. Just like any other medical condition we wouldn’t blame someone for fever and just say, “Wait a second, you’ve got … It’s just a question of heat in and heat out, get into a nice bath if you’ve got a fever and your body temperature will go down.” Well it will, but guess what, how many people can do that when they’re having fever? You're going to be severely shivering. Your blood vessels would be constricting. You’ll feel miserable. You give somebody an aspirin and the fever comes down naturally. Give someone the right diet and a few other supports and body weight comes down naturally."