“Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.” —Epicurus
This is similar to AA's "one drink is to many and a 1000 is not enough"
One of the common problems of overeating is alining our will with our needs. It is desire that drives much overeating, desire for more, desire for tasty food, the desire to try some tasty piece of non food.
Learning to control our desire and our wants, and limit them to our needs is a big issue in weight loss.
W5 ran a show that showed this issue very well. http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?binId=1.811589
Carbohydrate intolerance, a phrase coined, I believe, by Phil Maffetone, is an apt descriptor of one of the physical problems. This is a insulin/adrenaline/dopamine/serotonin issue that creates a urge to eat when we overeat on carbohydrates. Phil talks about it here. He provides a method of determining how much carbohydrates are required to provide the effect here.
So how sensitive to carbohydrates am I? Well if I eat only greens, I still crave often. So if it is insulin, proteins can also produce insulin. Protein are digested into peptides, and some peptides are processed further in the liver through glyconeogenesis into glucose. So some meats, pork, especially any processed meats, even sausages, produce insulin. Too much beef or bison, and I am into a craving situation. That is what I live with. Craving is almost impossible to avoid, so how does one live?
This suggests recovery should include at least three separate study areas:
1. Desire adjustment, to moderate our desires. This may be separate or part of belief change, our expectations, our will and wants. Recovery dose not include eating what we want to eat, but rather eating and only wanting what little we should eat.
2. Expanded food and physiological need understanding including concepts like carbohydrate intolerance, food addiction, maladaptive eating, correcting environmental driven cueing, priming, bating and temptation, and understanding the physical food drive issues.
3. Correction of our own thinking to get rid of self bating, and similar cognitive dissonance with recovery.
But what do I know?