The Science of Food Cravings

Don't let your beverage choice ruin your chances for weight loss. Diet sodas are not the answer. Even though they have no calories, diet sodas contain phosphates that can damage teeth and bones as they deplete calcium, raise blood pressure and harm brain chemistry.

Instead of salt, use flavorful spices such as cinnamon, rosemary and cayenne pepper. They are packed with nutrients. Salt can cause blood vessels and organs to swell and bloat, and slows down metabolism. Increased salt consumption can also lead to more bad food choices, because the more salty foods you eat, the more powerful your cravings can be.

Instead of saturated fats, use olive and safflower oil . Olive oil is one of the healthiest fats around, and should be stored at room temperature. Safflower oil is best for cooking and is high in omega-3s. Fat consumption is integral to good health, and eating the right quantities of the right fats can crank up metabolism and increase the amount of body fat burned during exercise.

For more information on Dr. Eric Braverman or his book, "The Younger, Thinner You Diet," please visit www.pathmed.com.

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