Author, FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy series
“The Best Weight Loss Book Ever Written”
getting tight, dress size going up, blood pressure on the rise, type
two diabetes right around the corner? These are the concerns I deal
with every day from people of every age all around the world. What
do they all have in common…… They ALL want to get skinny! Imagine
the thought of it, to be thin again, or maybe thin for the first
For most of us it’s just a pipe dream and like so many pipe dreams,
never to be achieved. But here we are, a fatty with at least some
desire to change, so what do we do? Choices seem to be everywhere,
flooding our televisions, newspapers, magazines and radios. Promises
of a new and better you are just a pill away, a surgery away, a gym
membership away, an exercise machine away or a prepackaged food
program away. Maybe we call our doctor and ask advice only to hear
“eat right and exercise”.
So the battle begins, just as it has over and over again, but this
time things will be different right? This time a better exercise
machine gets bought or a month’s worth of diet food is on its
way….this time will be different. The day begins with a weigh in and
a crunchy diet cookie or the pop top of a diet smoothie can, the
sneakers go on and the switch to the treadmill flips, it’s time to
run. 30 minutes later a sweaty you emerges from the exercise room
and heads for the shower. You’re proud, you’ve made a decision and
you’ve started your diet food and workout program, a skinny you is
just around the corner. You emerge from the shower hungry after
your strenuous work out and it’s time for a healthy breakfast. You
pour a bowl of bran cereal with low fat milk, top it off with a
banana and drop two pieces of whole grain bread into the toaster.
While your toast is cooking you swallow up your vitamins with a nice
glass of cold OJ, a healthy breakfast, the most important meal of
the day…..just as you’ve been taught. As your day proceeds it comes
time for lunch. You hook up with a friend and watch in horror as
your pal orders a greasy burger and cheese from the menu. You
however make the right choice and order a totally fat free lunch. As
your plate arrives you make comment to your friend about the fat
content in the burger while you enjoy your bow tie macaroni tossed
with carrots, peas and lentils. As your friend drinks a diet soda
you enjoy tea sweetened with healthy honey and a fig tart for
dessert. You leave the restaurant knowing you are following the
doctor’s advice…eating right and exercising. You head for the market
to pick up groceries for your families dinner. Tonight’s meal
includes your mom’s meat loaf recipe topped with ketchup, mashed
potatoes and corn on the cob…delicious. As your day ends you go to
bed feeling accomplished.
7:00 am…….the alarm goes off and it’s time for the treadmill but
first ….. weigh in! You feel skinnier, how much did you lose?
You are so excited you can’t stand it and as you step on the scale
you look with disbelief at the number staring back at you. How is it
possible that you’re a pound heavier than the day before?
What would you say if I told you EVERY food choice you made the day
before was the wrong choice for weight loss? Would it surprise you
to know you literally ate the equivalent of 132 teaspoons of sugar,
over 2 ¾ cups! Shocked? Let’s talk about it further.
SUGAR IS YOUR ENEMY, here are the tips
that you need to lose weight quick!
SUGAR is what is making you FAT, and it’s coming into your body from
many different sources. Your body uses what it needs and then turns
the rest into FAT. Once you know where all the SUGAR is coming from
and understand what happens to it once it’s in your body, you can
start to make adjustments.
is found in processed foods, soda, candy, cookies, cake, ice cream,
and any other products using it as an added ingredient. Refined
SUGAR is a simple carbohydrate. The body burns it for fuel
before it will burn anything else by immediately turning it into
glucose (blood SUGAR).
SUGAR from fruits,
fructose, is also a simple carbohydrate. The body
burns simple carbohydrates first for fuel before ever getting
close to burning stored FAT. Fructose metabolizes slower
because the liver converts it to glycogen prior to
SUGAR from vegetables and grains
is a complexcarbohydrate and burns more slowly than
the simple carbohydrate. Although it burns more slowly, in excess
complex carbohydrates will also cause FAT gain.
happens more quickly with grains than with vegetables. Grains get
turned into flour, flour gets turned into breads and pasta, and
bread and pasta break back down to SUGAR in your body. (I bet you
eat lots of bread and other flour products, such as pasta.) Grains
also get turned into cereal, and cereal breaks back down to SUGAR in
your body. (I’ll bet you eat a lot of cereal. You may even put a
high-SUGAR fruit on top along with a teaspoonful of table SUGAR.)
is going into your system at an alarming rate. It’s in your
vegetables, fruits, processed foods, snacks, condiments, beverages,
breads, and flour. Americans live on SUGAR. I mean that
literally when I say it. SUGARS and added SUGARS are the main fuel
of the American public! According to U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) data, SUGAR consumption in 1999 was 158 pounds per person!
And SUGAR consumption is on the rise. In 1983, each of us ate 113
pounds of the stuff. Our consumption has risen every year but one
since 1983. The USDA surveys indicate that the 158 pound figure is
equivalent to around 50 teaspoons of sugar per day! What is the
result of all this SUGAR? Over the last 20 years in the U.S., we
have seen a 100 percent increase in obesity rates in children and
adolescents. Added SUGARS include regular table SUGAR derived from
sugarcane and sugar beets (sucrose), corn syrup, high-fructose corn
syrup, corn sugar (glucose), honey, and others. These figures do
not include the SUGARS in milk, high fructose fruits, and high SUGAR
content vegetables. All this SUGAR consumption over the years has
created a vicious cycle for those of us addicted to SUGAR. The more
SUGAR we eat, the more SUGAR we crave. Like the tobacco
industry, it’s the cravings that the SUGAR industry counts on to
continue building its bottom-line profits.
So, now we know how much SUGAR we get from the SUGAR industry. How
about the hidden SUGAR? This is the SUGAR coming into our bodies
from high-SUGAR foods, such as fruits, grains and vegetables. They
come in the form of simple and complex carbohydrates. Here’s the
Four grams of carbohydrates metabolize
the same as four grams of SUGAR.
To give you a visual, four grams of SUGAR equals one level
So, how does our food compare to teaspoons of SUGAR?Let’s
analyze the SUGAR content from your seemingly healthy day of eating
One of the purposes of your digestive tract is to break down the
starch and other complex carbohydrates – which are simply chains of
SUGAR molecules – into their component SUGARS so they can be
absorbed into the blood.
Let’s take a look at your breakfast. A bowl of bran cereal with low
fat milk, a banana, two pieces of whole grain bread and a nice
glass of cold OJ,
2 cups of bran cereal
= 20 teaspoons of sugar
1 normal size banana =6 teaspoons of sugar
2 pieces of toast
= 8 teaspoons of sugar
4 oz of milk on cereal = 1.5 teaspoons of sugar
6 oz box of orange juice = 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
TOTAL SUGAR INTAKE: 41 teaspoons!
Almost a full cup
about that healthy lunch? Bow tie macaroni tossed with carrots, peas and
lentils, tea sweetened with healthy honey and a fig tart for dessert.
= 30 teaspoons of sugar
2 tsp honey in tea
= 3 teaspoons of sugar
Fig tart = 18 teaspoons of sugar
TOTAL SUGAR INTAKE: 51 teaspoons! A little over a cup
you imagine how GROSS it would be to sit in front of your SUGAR bowl
and eat 92 teaspoons of SUGAR, almost two full cups?
But that’s exactly what you did when you ate this breakfast and
Now add the additional ¾ cup of sugar from the bread crumbs in your
Mom’s meatloaf recipe, the ketchup on top, the starch from the
mashed potatoes and corn ….you ate over 2 ¾ cups of SUGAR yesterday
not including your “diet snack” before your workout. No wonder you
gained a pound! Imagine what happens day in and day out as you
continue to eat these “healthy” meals.
So much for a healthy day of American
eating! No wonder why obesity and type 2 Diabetes are so high in
But what about all that running on the treadmill you did yesterday?
Would it surprise you to know you’d have to run for 95 minutes
straight just to burn off the sugar from the bran cereal? You are in
a trap many fall into, the trap of battling your food not your FAT
in the gym.
Now you see the problem with the American diet, and probably your
diet. The problem is that our bodies are not burning all the food we
eat, let alone our excess FAT. Our bodies are burning the crazy
amount of SUGAR in our foods. The result is, all the SUGAR that
doesn’t get burned turns into what?...you guessed it… more stored
FAT! If you want to lose weight, your body needs to burn the stored
SUGAR (FAT) for fuel. In order to get the body to do that, we
simply have to cut off the SUGAR pipeline. This forces the body to
attack those big, FAT, flabby deposits dangling around our bodies
and as a bonus balances our blood sugar.
Cut off the SUGARand you’ll cut off the FAT and balance your blood sugar.
It’s that simple.
So, how do we get rid of the SUGAR? Easy, while you’re in weight loss
mode stay away from all the foods that metabolize into blood sugar and
stick with proteins, fats and green veggies. Remember this rule;
Quick Weight Loss Tip
MEATS AND GREENS WILL MAKE YOU LEAN – SUGAR AND CARBS WILL MAKE YOU
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