Tire of waking up feeling like crap and not losing weight fast enough? Keep reading!
QUESTION from a reader..
Miss Victoria,I have a serious problem! I swear I am a sugar addict. Girl, I get up in the morning and the first thing I eat is designer chocolate. It tastes so good and it is the only thing that gives e energy to get going.
I can’t stop eating and I crave sweets all the time. Everyone keeps telling me how bad sugar is for me, but I can’t seem to stop. I have sweet treats in my car, at my job, in the break room, I run to the vending machine during breaks.
I think if I don’t go crazy from weekly mood swings, then I will end up broke from doctor bills. I have chronic headaches and then I go into a deep depression and if that’s not bad enough, I only like to eat expensive chocolate so I will go on sugar shopping sprees! I have gained so much weight and none of my clothes fit anymore. What should I do? How can I stop wanting to eat sugar all the time and get on a good eating plan that will help me lose weight as I get my sanity back? Kara
Wow! I can feel your frustration and I understand why you are upset. It’s almost impossible to eat anything tasty that doesn’t have sugar in it. Practically everything that we buy to eat contains sugar! Can you believe it? Even if something says “fat-free”, it still contains a form of sugar called sucrose and glucose. The reason why you crave sugar so much is because you are eating sugar!!! I know, it sounds crazy doesn’t it?
The problem with eating sugar is that when you eat it, it makes your blood sugar levels go up. In response, your pancreas, the organ that regulates how your body uses sugar, begins to produce what is called insulin to help control the excess sugar in the blood stream. The pancreas has another job as well. It is to create a hormone called glucagon to help get rid of body fat. If the pancreas is busy making insulin, it cannot make the “fat fighting” hormone, glucagon and then the body stops the weight loss process and you will not lose weight!!!
This is the reason you are not losing after all your dedication. In order to start losing weight, you are going to have to stop eating sugar altogether. But here is the hard question: How do you stop eating sugar if everything has sugar in it?
The first thing you must do is “decided” you want to change. You will only see results if you are willing to do everything it takes to get thin, healthy, and free from the control of sweets. Your goals are to loss weight, look good in your favorite jeans, fit in all your favorite summer clothes that are collecting dust in your closet , should be worth never putting sugar to your mouth again.
Your goals are the positive reasons why you want to stop this habit. The goals represent your desire and your desire has to be greater than any type of food that contains sugar.
I understand how you feel, because I was once addicted to sugar too. I always had a bottle of pop in the fridge or a candy bar stashed somewhere hidden so I can get my sugar fix for that blast of quick energy.
Sugar can give you a power rush of energy in a flash, which is another reason why our bodies just love sugar. But it is lethal to our pancreas and our goals. An upcoming singer I worked with had this same problem. In addition to not being able to lose weight, the sugar caused serious, life threatening side effects and she had to be hospitalized several times due to her sugar binges and self imposed hyper driven recording schedule. She had jars of jelly beans, little dishes of miniature candy bars and a portably fridge in the studio filled with those super charged sugary caffeine drinks.
I thought I was going to lose her if she didn’t change her ways. One of the things I had to do was get her management team, who supplied her with everything she needed including food, to stop purchasing food items that contained sugar. I know, the very people in our lives who we think are helping us sometimes are the cause of our hardship. I had to educate her manager and her mother as well on how to change. I would like to share with you what I did to help her and her mom reverse the deathly sugar addiction she had developed.
First-You are going to have to sit down and have a heart to heart talk with yourself and who ever else is involved in your eating life. Share with them the information you have just learned about how serious you are about healing your body and taking control of your health.
You all are going to have to become “sugar cops” and blow the siren on every food item that comes your way by reading the labels and being accountable regarding everything you attempt to eat. This will be easy because most things prepackaged contains sugar, so you won’t be buying a lot of things in a box or bag.
It Takes Two
Decide as a team, group or family that you will not bringing sugar into your work, sports environment, studio or home. This is a very difficult step and it is the first step. By not having sugar around, you won’t be tempted to eat it. If you want to succeed you must SHUT DOWN everything that tempts you and can cause you to fail.
My Appetite Control Secret –I follow a Low Glycemic Index Diet that cuts out sugar, helps you lose weight fast and gives you tons of energy.
What is the Glycemic Index?
The Glycemic Index is a rating system for foods where any type of carbohydrate has a numerical value assigned to it based on its components and how each food affects the body’s sugar levels. The lower the glycemic index, the more weight you can lose. You want to think of always eating Good Glycemic Foods. You can get a free list, the source is listed later in this blog post.
Second– Instead of buying sugar, decide on a sugar substitute. There are many to choose from. I know everyone is different so you will have to decide which one is good for you. Personally I like Stevia. It is a noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener and flavor enhancer for centuries. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant have a refreshing taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs. It is 25-30 times sweeter than sugar, and far more healthy.
Third- Find an appetite depressant that works for you and helps you control your cravings. Personally, I use Hoodia. It is one of the only things that work for me. I have battled a tendency to overeat my whole life. Now I just take care of it so it isn’t an issue.
Because I have to keep my blood chemistry balanced due to my hectic schedule, plus I want to keep my blood sugar at a healthy level to prevent diabetes and heart disease, I take it every meal right before I eat. It is absolutely amazing. It really does take away my appetite.
I also have to continue to drink my four quarts of water a day. Sometimes I don’t feel thirsty or hungry and I forget to continue the healthy habits to helped me lose weight. I have to be vigilant to stay with what works regardless of all the hype in advertising.
Science Sheds Pounds
I know a lot of personal trainers and medical people try to talk down the benefits of supplements. That is their right and I can respect their views. But I have to say that after ten years and millions of customers, clients and nutritional research I have found that I, and millions of you, need and embrace state of the art products and methods that serve our needs. Plus, I love the fact that science continues to bring us innovative products and make our journey to a fit and lean body simpler and more effective.
Not only do we lose weight faster, we reverse the negative biological effects that came from a poor diet and no exercise.
YES! With a perfect diet and proper exercise you can begin to restore your body’s youth and vitality! So when you shop, look for those innovative foods on the good glycemic list found in my free app, HOW DO I LOSE WEIGHT NOW.
Eat For Energy & Exercise
Fourth- Eat 3-4 small meals a day. The meals can include protein, a vegetable and low glycemic carbohydrates. Make sure the carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, are in small amounts, and baked without sugar of course, because this type of food releases sugar slowly and will not make your sugar levels rush up and down. Don’t eat too much whole grain breads because your will experience similar results as with eating sugar because your “fat-fighting” hormone will be blocked.
Fifth – Exercise!!!!
According to A. Alain Bertoni, M.D.,. MPH., assistant professor in Public Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., states that being active in exercising is a good way to help you lose weight, and fight sugar cravings because your muscles use the natural sugar from the healthy foods you eat and uses it as energy which helps you lose weight.
Feel Good-Do Good
There are several ways you can exercise that fit your time and budget. If you don’t have time to get to a gym or take a class, home workouts are great. My most popular home workouts are Cardio Dance Jam and my Power Shaping, total body fat burning workout. Both are great easy to follow along, high energy DVD’S will not only help you loss weight, they will bring you joy and fun.
Most of all exercise will give you energy and help you feel empowered about getting fit in order to reach you goals. When you feel good, you do good!
In order to do something new, you have to release something old. In order to bring in new ideas and new success, you must release ole ideas and old influences.
Kara, start today, purging your home, work and car of all sweets. Start tossing and throwing everything that contains sugar in a garbage bag that you are going to put in the garbage. Get rid of every single piece. Do not keep one piece in your company. You cannot depend on willpower to help you, you have to throw it all away now!
Write out your new foods list and to buy and prepare everything you need to succeed. Kara, take your life back starting today.
Tune into VICTORIA’S BODY SHOPPE GLOBAL RADIO SHOW this week to find out more about the Glycemic Index and how you can use it to drop weight and feel great Fast!
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