Archive for: March, 2015

Hey Dieters– Lighten Up!


Sometimes I have to take a really deep breath when I end up in a conversation with an extreme dieter. (And remember, I used to be one!)

But even with my history of dieting, I still can get so frustrated with people who feel superior because they think they are “pure eaters.” No junk, no processed anything, no sugar. Whatever!! It is as if it has become a real badge of honor to deny, deny, deny yourself anything other than food with “perfect labels.”

Haven’t you overheard those conversations where people compare what they eat and they try to one up each other on how “healthy” all their choices are? You know what isn’t healthy? Spending a lot of time and energy agonizing about your food choices. Get that brain to simmer down and let your body come alive to guide you.

I am not saying it isn’t good to eat nutritious food. But the way a dieter arrives at eating healthful food is so much less enjoyable than the way a thin mentality person arrives at eating healthful food.

Do you see that the key is that with your thin mentality, you will eat healthfully, AND you will be so much more fun to be around!

There isn’t anyone much duller than the self-concerned dieter who measures every morsel, asks for special accommodations at parties and at restaurants, and then recounts, to any one who will listen, what they have eaten.

Here is my point: Beyond being more healthful for your brain, soul, and body, your thin mentality is simply MORE FUN!

Dieters will sip their perfect drink, eat the fad whole grain of the day, and stay in perfect control all evening. (Even if they end up letting loose at night when they get home by chowing down on ice cream before bed!!)

Thin Mentality people are open to enjoy all kinds of foods and special fun party drinks. And even if they don’t immediately dive into food because they are not presently hungry, their eyes sparkle when you show them a beautiful spread of food, they inhale the delicious aromas- aromas that don’t “torture” them, rather aromas that they enjoy because they know delicious food is available.

So as you develop your thin mentality, if you notice that you are becoming more fun- well maybe you are!

I am so glad I am not the rigid, calorie counting, exercise logging, measurement taking dieter I used to be. And guess what- the “fun me” is just as thin and in shape as the “rigid me.”

Who would have guessed that when you let your body lead you to food, (like it leads you to MANY other biological drives…) that you will feel good, and look good.


Artificial Sweeteners Are Counterproductive


This article is reprinted from Time Magazine by Mandy Oaklander on March 17 2015-  Please read!!!

More evidence that diet soda contributes to weight gain, not weight loss

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda. The study analyzed data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular.

Those answers ended up being extremely predictive of abdominal-fat gain, even after the researchers adjusted for factors like diabetes, smoking and levels of physical activity. People who didn’t drink diet soda gained about 0.8 in. around their waists over the study period, but people who drank diet soda daily gained 3.2 in. Those who fell in the middle — occasional drinkers of diet soda — gained about 1.8 in.

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That change in waist circumference is especially concerning because it highlights an unfortunate truth about weight distribution: the belly is a bad place for extra pounds. The kind that pads the abs from the inside, called visceral fat, is associated with increased cardiovascular disease, inflammation and Type 2 diabetes.

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These results, which the study authors call “striking,” add to the growing body of evidence that no- and low-calorie sweeteners may come with health concerns. Though scientists are still puzzling through the mechanisms by which diet soda seems to have the unintended consequence of weight gain, they have some ideas. Sugar-free sodas contain substances that sweeten up soda at 200-600 times the sweetness of sugar.

“Regular sugar has caloric consequences,” says the study’s senior author Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. And one of those is that it triggers satiety — a sense of fullness or satisfaction. “Your body is used to knowing that a sweet taste means you are ingesting energy in the form of calories that, if you don’t burn them off, is going to convert to fat,” she says. Artificial sweeteners, however, confuse our bodies and weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories. That, Hazuda says, can lead to weight gain and cravings for sweeter and sweeter treats.

There may be something else at work. A recent study in mice showed that artificial sweeteners actually changed the gut bacteria of mice in ways that made them vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance — both of which can lead to weight gain. And other mice research suggests that artificial sweeteners are associated with a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, Hazuda says. Leptin is the hormone that inhibits hunger.

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The Calorie Control Council, an association that represents the reduced-calorie food and beverage industry — including alternative sweeteners — disagreed with the study’s findings. “The use of low-calorie sweeteners (LCSs) in weight management has been shown to be beneficial,” the group said in a statement. “While approaches to treat obesity in older individuals is controversial, diet modifications can be a successful part of a weight-management program for older adults.”

Researchers in the new study found that belly-fat gain was most pronounced in people who were already overweight. “People who are already at cardiometabolic risk because they have higher BMIs are really in double or triple jeopardy,” Hazuda says. “When they think they’re doing something good by drinking artificially sweetened beverages, it’s actually totally counterproductive.”