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Hunger attacks? It is a biological addiction to sugars. Here’s how to defend ourselves now, even if we do very little exercise

Last update: Sep 9
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Secret getaways to the kitchen …

That desire to eat your entire pantry, including furniture …

That impulsive desire for sweets and salted, giving up to temptation and then regretting it…

All of this may not be the fault of our gluttony

David Ludwig, a recognized American endocrinologist and writer, has shown how foods with more sugar – not just sweets – but also foods like white flour, potatoes, and refined starches – have what’s called a high glycemic index.

This is responsible for activating a special region in the brain called the “nucleus accumbens” which is known to be responsible for all addictions, precisely because it secretes dopamine, being the pleasure hormone.

In fact, several experiments carried out by the academic have shown how a sugary drink or a dish high in carbohydrates* activates the same area of the brain recalled by drugs.

*Yes, sugars and carbohydrates are the same thing for our body.

On the left, a brain scan after the intake of sugars, on the right, a brain scan after the intake of drugs.

You have probably noticed. 

When we have been fasting for many hours.

And we find ourselves in front of a soft piece of chocolate cake…

filled with velvety chocolate cream and next to it a beautiful and light strand of freshly whipped cream…

we imagine ourselves sticking our fork through the fragrant layers…


Immediately our salivation increases…

our pupils dilate…

our sweating increases …

and we start rubbing our hands or fingers compulsively

They remind us of the abstinence symptoms, right?

Listen, please continue following this thinking

When sugar enters into the bloodstream, your body releases an insulin spike.

Insulin is an essential hormone for our body. It is the necessary bolt for sugars to enter cells and is used to produce the energy necessary to fuel the functions of our body.

The insulin mechanism becomes “wicked” when too much is produced, as in the case of the intake of sugars.

In this case – after a spike – blood glucose and insulin drop abruptly, the brain goes into a crisis and sends stimulations to the body to introduce new fuel = (HUNGER).

fast food

Is there an anti-hunger path?

Now we have understood that insulin is responsible for sudden hunger attacks, especially when we have continuous high and low spikes.

The solution is obvious and undeniable. Eliminate sugars and carbohydrates!

Think about it, it’s simple:

  • Less Sugar 
  • Less Insulin
  • Less Hunger

For this reason, low-carb diets have become so popular…

Because it is all about eliminating the root cause that makes our willpower fail.

The solution would seem really close at hand: eliminate carbohydrates and sugars and that’s it. Is flawless.

But is it really like this? 

Easy to say, difficult to do

These approaches overlook a fundamental detail: the mental and psychological balance of those who follow a weight loss plan.

It is undeniable, almost all diets involve sacrifices and waives towards food, our little big hideout.

These deprivations end up upsetting our own security and in the long term contribute to increase our stress levels.

The disruption of our habits and the drastic changes to which our body, but mostly our minds are subjected to, cannot be underestimated.


Over the years, each of us has built up our own routine, made up of study, work, friends, sports, hobbies and commitments of all kinds.

In the midst of all these repetitive actions, we framed food.

Everything is run to perfection, until, one day, these consolidated practices are abruptly swept away by a diet, which with its constraints and conditioning disrupts that routine.

Suddenly, the life and daily commitments we have long been used to are no longer good. They need to be modified.


The purpose of a diet should be to transmit love for food, to teach us to avoid food cravings, to eat well and healthy, but always with taste, in a few words, it should create better eating habits.

So please understand that the problem is not just how many carbohydrates and sugars you eat. They certainly affect the percentage of calories and reactions in the body that we talked about. But that is not all.

What if we told you that according to the statistics, most of the diets that didn’t work were too difficult to follow?

You begin to understand why all the diets you have tried so far have failed, right? The answer will seem trivial to you, but

to work, a diet must be easy to follow.

If not, you will never be able to achieve the desired results. You will fall crushed by the weight of alcoholic beverages, dinners with friends and the uncontrollable desire for food.

You don’t have to feel guilty. It is really difficult to overcome temptations.

For this you need to lose weight in a balanced way, so that you don’t risk regaining it back.

Not only. Each of us is different from others.

We are distinguished by body size, lifestyle, tastes in terms of food, metabolism and a thousand other peculiarities. Here is why

All you need is a weight loss plan that is as personalized as possible.

weight loss plan

It has to become an integral part of YOUR life, not anyone’s life and therefore it has to be tailored to you.

It doesn’t have to make you change your lifestyle drastically, but to adapt to yours, without upsetting your life.

That’s right, for most women, following a diet – be it ketogenic, cetogenic, zone or dissociated – without personalized guidelines, it is not only much more difficult, but also ineffective.

Imagine having to reach Paris by car, without a map, without a compass, without a navigator and even without roads to follow. Just an infinite uniform white slope.

How would you proceed? Searching, following your instinct, asking for directions at random and constantly getting lost.

You would end up going in circles and always returning to where you started.

Instead, there is a direct highway to a life without sudden hunger attacks, with more energy and happiness and without many sacrifices, to reach the desired shape.

A way to lose weight without eliminating carbohydrates and sugars, that is, without giving up 80% (to stay low) of your favorite dishes.

It’s called Perfect Body and it’s right here at your fingertips.

Take the completely free quiz now and answer simple questions about your eating habits.

It takes less than 60 seconds to receive your personalized plan, designed by nutritionists and personal coaches, which will gradually become an integral part of your daily life.

It won’t change your habits, but it will improve them, aiding your stress-free transition to a healthy diet. Just remember:

There Is No Need to Change Your Lifestyle, the Personalized Plan Will Suit You.
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Written by
Edibel Quintero, MD

Edibel Quintero is a medical doctor who graduated in 2013 from the University of Zulia and has been working in her profession since then. She specializes in obesity and nutrition, physical rehabilitation, sports massage and post-operative rehabilitation. Edibel's goal is to help people live healthier lives by educating them about food, exercise, mental wellness and other lifestyle choices that can improve their quality of life.

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