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Got a sweet tooth and/or a passion for savoury, fatty foods? Easy tiger, you may be addicted to these super-sugary and high-carb treats.

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Leading Sydney dietician and nutritionist and author Susie Burrell (pictured) says highly-processed, fatty, sugary foods like pizza; sweet, baked cookies; cake, ice-cream and chocolate are the most common food addictions.

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Susie, who recently launched her new program: Shape Me, The 30 Day Plan, says new research shows food addictions are becoming both increasingly common and problematic. “There is new research to show that foods that contain a mix of flavours, and ones that are high in processed carbs, can stimulate the brain in different ways and hence have a more addictive quality than other foods,” she says.

“We know obese individuals tend to need more stimulation from certain types of foods to get their satisfaction and we also know that habits and programming, for example, the types of foods we choose to eat regularly, heavily programs our food preferences.”

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So, how do we learn to put down that yummy muffin or pizza slice and pick up a carrot stick instead? I, erm, had a danish myself just this morning, eek! Susie advises these handy tips to help us battle our food addictions:

  • Be aware that certain foods will prime your brain to seek out more.
  • Choose plain foods where possible, for example: plain vanilla ice-cream over one with confectionery.
  • Always purchase portion-controlled treat sizes of desirable foods.
  • Do not buy it if you do not want to eat it!
  • Own the issue and actively manage it rather than letting it manage you.

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Top 5 most addictive foods

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate
  3. Chips
  4. Cookies
  5. Ice-cream

Top 5 least addictive foods

  1. Cucumbers
  2. Carrots
  3. Beans
  4. Apples
  5. Brown Rice

Susie Burrell’s new e-book Change Your Mindset And Lose Weight Fast: The Motivation You Need To Lose Weight is out now.

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