Saturday, September 7, 2019

Voice of My Readers- Food Addiction Vs Weight Maintenance Sept 2019

Hello All,

Quick check in with my readers.

Background Info: 
1. I'm about to dive in super deep on studying food addiction.
2. There is a lot of overlap between food addiction and weight maintenance

Question for my readers:

A. Would it benefit THIS blog- to keep it focused on weight maintenance with links to food addiction?

My Why's:  Insurance Discount for Weight Maintenance and Health Risk Reduction = My Best Life

Girl's gotta get her insurance discount and keep her risks low for future avoidable illness.  Plus, I like the mental clarity of Food Addiction Remission. Just to live my best life.

Another Why: Potential Side Hustle:

As of early September 2019: I still remain non-commercial, although I may, very soon get a very small payment for some food addiction work. It hasn't happened yet, although I'd love to keep my weight maintenance resources with links to a new Karen Parrott's Food Addiction page.

My Plan is to link over to a page about Food Addiction with full disclosure on Conflict of Interest (COI).

Comment in the links below. Moderation is on, so if you leave a comment that is constructive, I will post it. :)

Next Steps:

I'll be reading this text book, and taking notes. :) Continued Education is key for wellness- IMO.

Process Food Addiction Text Book, Dr Joan Ifland

Proof of Weight maintenance
Long Term Weight Maintenance graph


  1. Hi Karen,

    I like your perspective as a weight-loss maintainer, even though it is completely different from mine.

    I do not identify as a food addict. I lost weight several years ago and maintained it for about 7 years back then. 7 years of misery filled with hunger, coldness, depression and obsession with food. I understand now that this "starvation syndrome" is the expected, normal outcome after sizable weight loss (for most people, most of the time).

    Thankfully, your experience is different. I think.

    As far as I know, with addiction, when someone abstains, their cravings (for drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.) go diminishing over time. With weight loss however, the more someone loses weight, the more their body fights back, and the more they get hungry and preoccupied with food.

    On that basis, I am inclined to believe that food addiction and obesity and two completely different issues. Sure, they may overlap in some individuals, but they should be considered two different diseases with two different treatments.

    Does that mesh with you experience at all?
    What about other maintainers you know?

    Thanks for your time,


    1. Waving Hi, Dr. Valerie,

      That 7 year stuff, that was me on WW. Yes, that is how Dr. Ifland sees it. Independant from weight maintenance although there is overlap., as I understand her philosophy.

      And super yes, plenty of my maintainer friends online are NOT food addicts, and most of my post weight loss surgery friends ARE food addicts, so there's that. Curiously, 100% of my carnivore friends are in remission from food addiction.

      I'm carnivore adjacent, so about 70% of my food comes from meat, emphasis on red meat, meat of the bone, nose to tail eating. I still seem to benefit from cruciferous veggies, kruat and ancient ways of eating. Very good hungry full signals from meat off the bone, but I feel a little better with the low starch veg, gasp onions and carrots, but I ate those right out of the garden in Indiana.

      I value your feedback more to come on weight maintenance for my maintenance friends- food addict recovery or not. Thank you and give my best to everyone who thinks my page is cool. LOL.

  2. I am definitely a good addict...and it does affect losing AND maintenance!!! I have my upcoming doctors appointment to sign the paperwork for the appeal so I can pay the lower insurance rates through my work!

    1. Good for you MaryFran. Food addiction is not always addressed with LCHF, Keto, Paleo (COI statement, I work for Joan Ifland, PhD food addiction specialist.) Dr. Ifland has the ARC where she offers $12 per week/ 4 X per day member support. Here's the link. I will blog more about this

  3. Would like to hear more about food addiction. It is a real problem for people. Can see lot of problems with edible marijuana products for some. The food industry is definitely targeting people.

    1. Suzanne- THIS yes, the MJ stuff will an addiction problem for some, not all, and I agree, they are targeting people... thank you for your feedback. I will likely have food addiction references (with COI statements) in my weight maintenance blog.

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  5. I would prefer to have it focus on maintaining because there are very few resources for keeping it off... a lot for losing. As far as food addiction goes, I don't know. Thanks! Chris

    1. Thank you Chris, I agree and I will continue on the Weight Maintenance resources on this blog. For sure. Thanks for stopping by and I value your opinion.

    2. PS, I deleted a duplicate comment from you. LOL. So glad you stopped by. KP

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