What is Lifestyle Transformation?
Lifestyle Transformation is an online, clinical treatment program for food addiction. Each step of our program is facilitated by a licensed therapist trained in treating food addiction.
95% of diets fail because they don’t treat the underlying cause of weight gain and obesity - addiction.
Lifestyle Transformation’s approach is a combination of proven addiction treatment models. Our unique three phase treatment protocol helps participants to understand why they use food as a coping mechanism, deal with their underlying emotional issues, define sobriety, and develop a plan for a lifetime of freedom from food addiction.
Our founders/developers have extensive background and experience in treating process addictions, as well as overcoming their own weight and food addiction issues.
What is Food Addiction?
Food is essential to human survival and is an important aspect of our everyday lives and wellbeing. However, for many individuals, food can become as addictive as drugs are to a substance abuser.
Food addiction is complex but is best understood in two parts.
A dependency on the process of eating
An addiction to specific foods or types of food.
There are both biological reasons and emotional reasons for finding comfort in food.
First, it is important to understand what happens in our brain when we turn to food for comfort. When we eat a food that brings us pleasure, our brain releases dopamine which increases the desire or amplifies the craving for more of what gave us that pleasure.
While some dopamine is good and even essential for optimal brain functioning, when we over-eat, binge or eat compulsively we release more dopamine than is needed. This “feel-good” neurotransmitter is linked to the pleasure and reward system in the brain. It helps us numb out or de-stress. The dopamine hijacks the brain, so now when we feel stressed, lonely, sad, anxious or bored our brain says “Hey! I know what to do with that!” and we become fixated on food.
Additionally, highly palatable foods trigger chemical reactions in the brain that create feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. After eating foods high in sugar, fat and/or salt, the brain can develop a physical craving for these foods. Progressive consumption of highly palatable foods, makes it difficult for a food addict to stop the behavior. This reaction has been proven to be comparable to a drug addict’s response to their substance of choice, as it activates the same reward center in the brain.
Why Is Therapy Necessary?
Food addiction is rooted in a variety of triggers, behaviors, thoughts, emotions, situations, and social interactions.
Often we self-medicate with food when trying to cope with major life situations (death in the family, loss of a job, a breakup or divorce, a major illness). Some of us cope with past trauma by escaping and numbing out with food. Many of us don’t take very good care of ourselves and don’t recognize all the destructive patterns (lack of sleep, over worked, too much stress) that sabotage our well-being. Is it any wonder that sticking to a meal plan or exercise regimen falls apart in light of what life throws at us?
Therapy helps you to understand how these things effect your relationship with food and how they get in the way of long-term success with weight management.
Through psychoeducation, group therapy, and self-guided exercises, our program empowers individuals to be able to define their own sobriety through current research-based information and knowledge, tools and skills to manage food cravings and triggers, mindfulness techniques, addressing the underlying issues, and group support.
How is Lifestyle Transformation Different?
Our program is all about developing a long term, healthy relationship with food through the guided expertise of a licensed therapist trained in treating food addiction.
There are dozens of online weight loss programs. Most of them claiming to have the magic formula for successful weight loss: do or don’t eat this, eat more or less, count, track, and record this way, etc. Many offer slick workbooks and toolkits, meal plans and cook books, support groups and motivational affirmations. Some even offer occasional one-on-one coaching.
With Lifestyle Transformation there’s no counting calories, no required weigh-ins, and no restrictions on when or what you eat. Our program is all about developing a long term, healthy relationship with food through the guided expertise of a licensed therapist trained in treating food addiction.
That’s it. That’s our big secret. We believe that the only way to truly experience freedom from food addiction is through an intentional, therapy driven approach.