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Is Adult ADHD-ADD Making you Obese? 5 Weight Loss Tactics

Monday, August 8th, 2011



Overcome the obstacles to weight loss caused by adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (adult deficit disorder).  End obesity with some simple changes in diet and eating habits.


If you suffer from adult ADHD or ADD,  then you probably also struggle with you weight. Diet plans work for several months, but later fizzle out.

Even if you do manage to reach your goal weight, it’s not long before you yo-yo back to your original weight, and then some.

It’s not your fault- the symptoms of ADD/ADHD make it harder for you to stick to a diet.


Why do adults with ADHD/ADD have trouble losing weight?

Impulsive behavior

You see something chocolaty, and your first reaction is to grab it, and worry about the calories later.

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Most people who have ADHD/ADD battle some form of addiction, be it food addiction, drugs and alcohol, gambling, impulsive shopping, or internet addiction.  With ADHD, instant gratification is seductive, and gives you brief, if temporary, relief from everyday stress.
Lack of organizational skills

If you suffer from ADHD/ADD, you have trouble meeting long-term goals because of poorly developed organizational skills.  You don’t have it in you to log your meals in a food diary; such tedious details, such as portion sizes, nutritional data, and food allowances probably overwhelm you.  Yet, one of the keys to weight loss success is keeping track of your eating habits in a food journal.
Aversion to change

Another symptom of ADHD/ADD is a strong preference for all things familiar, and disinclination to learning new behaviors.  You are resistant to change and you’ll fight it at every opportunity, even if it means succumbing to morbid obesity, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

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There is no middle ground with ADHD/ADD sufferers; you’re on board, or you’re jumping ship.

For example, you decide to start exercising more.  You buy new sneakers, a brand-new designer aluminum water bottle, and a badge cover for your new gym membership card, which you proudly clip onto your new sports bag.

Your resolve is strong…until you encounter your first glitch.  And then another one.  A few weeks later, your gym shoes are collecting dust under a pile of laundry, right next to your workout shorts

Self-fulfilling prophecy syndrome

Your confidence in yourself is low, and you (erroneously) assume that, based on previous experience; you will never accomplish anything that you desire.  The idea of reaching an ideal weight seems more like a fantasy than a reality.

Tips for managing your weight with adult ADHD/ADD

1- Consider medication

There’s no shame in taking ADHD/ADD treatments, such as Adderall, Concerta, or Ritalin.

Many people who have learning disabilities can effectively reverse their symptoms and achieve weight loss by addressing their medical issues through an ADHD diagnosis.

Additionally, supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 helps to maintain neurological and cognitive health.


2- Out of sight, out of mind

Some people can look a plate of cheesecake in the eye and turn the other way.  You are not one of those people, and the sooner you learn to accept that, the easier it will be for you to achieve your weight loss goals.

Don’t frequent restaurants that serve trigger foods. If ice cream is your weakness, then stay out of the frozen desserts aisle.  Don’t buy junk food, thinking that you make keep it in your cupboard, and make it last a long time.  You’ll most likely end up eating the entire party-sized bag of potato chips in one day, just to save yourself the anxiety of having to resist the constant temptation.


3- Create a flexible workout routine

Find an exercise that you love, and then find another one.  Remember, variety is  the spice of a life-long workout goal.  If music gives you energy, then choose sports activities that go well with an inexpensive MP3 player, like jogging, elliptical stepping, or indoor cycling.  Like the water?  Swim laps at the local YMCA, or enlist in a water aerobics class.

Whichever activity you choose, it should be something that you look forward to, and boosts your mood.


4- Avoid boredom.

Especially during the first few weeks of a change in diet, keep busy with a new hobby, an outside activity, or just a drive to the mall (avoiding the food court, naturally).

Boredom is one of the most common barriers to weight loss success.

5- Stay on the wagon.

Ignore your inner pessimist.

Say positive affirmations (they work!), think yes-I-can thoughts, and paste a smile on your face, even if you feel differently.

The term, “practice makes perfect” definitely applies about behavior modification.  Train yourself to expect the best, and eventually, positive thoughts will come naturally.  If you do fall off the wagon, get up quickly.  The longer you stay on the ground, the harder it is to get back up.

You can do this!


Also read:

Kick your Sugar Addiction in 4 Weeks without Cravings

11 Easy Strategies for Eating Healthy on a Tight Food Budget

New Study: Diabetes Drug Metformin Causes Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Anorexic British Teen Regrets Gastric Bypass Surgery


How to Lose Weight when Suffering from ADHD- 3FC

ADHD ‘behind weight loss problems’

ADHD and Obesity and Overeating: How ADD Adults Can Lose Weight

DD/ADHD and Obesity – Adult ADD/ADHD – EverydayHealth.com

Severe Obesity and Adult ADHD: Connection and Cure | Psych Central

Adult ADHD and Obesity -Diet -ADHD


cohdra, doctor_bob, jlynn11235, Helga Weber, Robert S. Donovan, Diane S Murphy

Fast Food Felonies, Part II: Top 10 Fatty Offenders

Monday, January 31st, 2011

From the small-time offenders to the major heavyweights, here is a top ten list of the fattiest fast food meals that you should avoid, rated from the least to worst:

Blimpie BLT 12-Inch Super Stacked- 640 calories

At a mere 640 calories, the Blimpie BLT weighs in as the lightest of the fattiest, although you might wonder why anybody would name their restaurant Blimpie if they’re trying to attract customers…


Steak ‘n Shake Chili Mac, Supreme- 1067 calories

The vanilla milkshake won’t be the only thing that’s jiggling if you make this fat-filled orgy a part of your regular diet.


Quiznos Large Tuna Melt Sandwich with Cheese and Dressing- 1220 calories

Oh, yeah. Don’t want to forget that dressing. As if the mayo and the extra cheese were not saturated enough for ya.


Burger King Texas Triple Whopper Sandwich- 1310 calories

The only thing higher than this monstrosity will be your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels.


Hardee’s 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger- 1320 calories

Who says there’s no truth in advertising? This burger will, indeed, make you thick.  In the middle, that is.


Wendy’s Baconator Triple- 1330 calories

Add some fried eggs and a dollop of chicken gravy and you’ve got a complete quadruple bypass in the making.


Rubio’s Nachos Grande Steak- 1430 calories

We love your fish tacos, Rubio, but what’s up with this? Something is definitely wrong with this picture.


Baja Fresh Quesadilla Charbroiled Steak- 1430 calories

Their motto is, “Eat well. Live fresh.” Whatever happened to live long and prosper?


Dairy Queen Chicken Strip Basket, 6-Piece with Country Gravy- 1640 calories

DQ doesn’t even pretend to be interested in your health, and you gotta love them for that.  This fried feast is no exception.


Baja Fresh Nachos, Charbroiled Steak- 2073 calories

You might want to call your doctor and let him know you’re coming in before you sit down to eat this caloric catastrophe. If the resulting indigestion doesn’t send you to the hospital then the obstructed coronary artery will.


Live Strong

Hungry Girl

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Fast Food Felonies, Part I: the Anatomy of a Chicken Nugget

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Let’s suppose, hypothetically speaking, that you were going to prepare a home-cooked dinner for you and your family. I say “hypothetically” because current research proves that the family sit-down dinner around the table is slowly becoming a thing of the past, as convenience food becomes standard fare in today’s “gotta have it now” society.  But let’s instead imagine a scenario where all the fast food restaurants have temporarily closed their doors to the public, and here you are left to fend for yourself and your family with nothing but a frying pan, four stove burners and a few bags of groceries still sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be unpacked.

Not wanting to intimidate your children by cooking up something unfamiliar or too “crunchy granola,” you decide that tonight’s menu will include chicken nuggets, french-fried potatoes, and fruit on the side. Here are the typical recipe ingredients for golden chicken nuggets, as featured on allrecipes.com:

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

Looks good, right?

But wait! What’s that they’re saying on the television news? Leading fast food chain Donald McRonald has settled in court, agreeing to incorporate apple slices dipped in caramel into their kid’s menu as a healthy alternative to French fries?  Yippee! You drop your spatula like a hot potato (no pun intended).

Here are some of the ingredients your family will be getting as they gratefully chomp on their fried chicken tidbits, breathing a collective sigh of relief between sips of cola:

  • Dimethylpolysiloxane, silicon-based anti-foaming agent
  • Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ)- poisonous, but only if you consume 5 grams.
  • Approximately 13 corn derivatives, including modified cornstarch, yellow corn flour, partially hydrogenated corn oil and dextrose
  • Mono-, tri-, and diglycerides
  • citric acid
  • “leavening agents”: sodium aluminum phosphate, mono-calcium phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate, and calcium lactate
  • chicken

Only half of the ingredients in a fast food chicken nugget consist of actual chicken; the rest is made up of a combination of corn-like substances, leavening agents, preservatives and synthetic poisons. Yum.

Surely, if customers had some idea how badly they were clogging up their arteries they would order something healthier, right?

Nope. Consider Taco Time, a fast food eatery in Seattle, Washington. When compulsory nutritional labeling came into effect several years ago Taco Time complied, as did all restaurants of that district; for the first time customers were able to glance at a menu and quickly assess the caloric content of a burrito or a grilled chicken salad from the “light” menu.

Later, Duke University and Seattle-King County Public Health ran a study to see if the new labeling law had any effect, encouraged by health experts who predicted a sharp decline in sales. The results were underwhelming; the new menus had zero effect on Taco Time’s revenue, nobody ordered from the salad menu that ordinarily wouldn’t have and people who customarily ordered high-fat sugar-laden entrees went right on ordering the same meals everyday. Many confessed to not even looking at the label.

Scientists might be baffled by these results, but anybody who’s ever seen the website This Is Why You’re Fat knows one indisputable truth: you can lead a fast food junkie to the nutritional data, but you can’t make him read it.

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