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Sweet Deception

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I began my weight management journey at the age of 4 years. My anorexic mother told me I was fat and put me on a diet. As it turns out, I was not fat. My weight was perfect for my age and height. I weighed 40 pounds. However, starting life out like that left it’s impression and had me trying every fad diet that came down the track for the rest of my life until I discovered David’s Way. It’s the only permanent solution to weight management because it fuels your body with good, whole, high protein, low carbohydrate food and does not leave you hungry and craving desserts and other simple carbs.

Something that I discovered along the way is that I could eat different menus with the same calories and get different results. This flies in the face of many weight loss plans, and of individuals, who perpetuate the myth that you can continue to eat added sugar and successfully manage your weight. While this line sells, in the long run it is not a successful weight management strategy because sugar creates cravings for more sugar. Sugar is so calorie dense that it leaves you without enough calories to adequately feed yourself so you will be perpetually hungry. Although you might be satiated for a little while, the hunger will return with a vengeance.

Along with robbing you of healthy foods while keeping you within your daily caloric needs, sugar also causes you to dump insulin into your bloodstream and promotes fat storage. When you get that insulin dump, your body will try to stabilize and you will get hungry again to give all that insulin something to metabolize. If you reach for sweets again then the cycle continues. Does this sound familiar? When I ate sugar, this was my experience. Even if I was able to lose pounds, I could never keep them off. After reaching my “Goal”, I would indulge a bit more in those sweets that I never completely abandoned and before long, my appetite would be completely out of control. That’s why most people don’t keep the weight off when they lose it. Their sugar addiction has to be fed and it takes over again.

When we are constantly hungry we feel justified to eat anything that we want. After all, we’re HUNGRY. When we leave off sugar and use those calories to fill up on nutritious, whole, high protein foods and complex carbs, we have trouble eating all of our calories. Complex carbs have fiber in them that slows their absorption into your bloodstream and sustains you longer. Protein is harder to digest and keeps you satisfied for the long run. The combination of a high protein food with a high fiber food is wonderful for staving off hunger with minimal calories.

A six month study was conducted at John’s Hopkins to compare a low-carb diet and a low-fat diet. (1) The results showed that the low-carb group lost more fat and less muscle while the low-fat group lost more muscle and less fat. As a result of this study the researchers concluded that a low-carb diet is better for weight loss than a low-fat diet consisting of the same calories. We add high protein to that idea to keep you full and help build more muscle.

Along with slowing weight loss, following a high-carb diet that includes sugar and other simple carbs which are high in the glycemic index, can lead to insulin resistance. When this occurs your body can’t effectively use the insulin that it produces and you may become pre-diabetic or even Type 2 Diabetic. Is that slice of birthday cake really worth it?

Everyone is obsessed with getting abs. Everyone wants a shortcut to a six pack. The saying that abs are made in the kitchen is true. The fat storage that comes from eating simple carbs is usually stored in the belly which can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and even stroke and some cancers. Too many simple carbs can also upset your gut bacteria in a way that will cause you to absorb more calories from your food.

Couple the extra calories from the constant hunger with absorbing more of those calories, and toss in the brain fog and lethargy associated with a high carb diet and you have a recipe for disaster. David and I aim for about 100 grams of net carbs in a day and eat a lot of protein, about 1.2-2 grams per kilogram of body weight because we are strength trainers. Non-athletes can go as low as .9 grams per kilogram of body weight and be satisfied and healthy.

The choice is yours. You can continue to deceive yourself and eat sugar and other high carb processed foods if you so choose, or you can decide to get off of the hamster wheel and take control of your life. What will it be, triumph or tragedy? Get real about weight management and your overall health today. We are here and it’s free. Take advantage of all that we have to offer. Read the Home Page to discover all the tools available to you here at David’s Way.


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