Low Sugar verses Low Fat – which is the greater demon?
As I have said in the book, Get Slim Stay Slim – Permanently, and in this blog a few times, I am not a nutritionist, so I don't advocate any one particular method of dieting. My book and this blog is about connecting with your mind to help you reduce down to your goal weight, and stay there. How you diet is your choice.
The following article is purely my own opinion.
Many years ago I read a book called The Diet Revelation, by a Dr Robert Atkins.
Since then he has been held up by some as a weight loss guru, and at the same time vilified by others as a nutritional demon.
The ideas in his book has been misread, often misinterpreted, and certainly ill-used.
He did not suggest that in order to reduce weight you have to live off a high fat diet of fried foods, with little or no fibre content. He simply said, eat a diet high in protein and low in sugar. He did not suggest cutting out carbohydrates altogether. He believed in complex and unrefined carbohydrates, and not the highly processed sugar infused junk we consume today in such enormous proportions.
I went on the Atkins diet, and yes I did reduce my weight considerably, of course it didn't stay reduced because at that time I had no understanding that my own subconscious was working against me keeping that reduction away.
The basis of what he was saying, and the man was a cardiologist who had developed his methods to help his patients, was that we had increased our consumption of sugar since the beginning of the 20th century by more than ten times what it had once been.
During the second world war, it is widely acknowledged that the UK population was at it's most healthiest, due to a diet that had little or no sugar in it, and a balance of all the other foods needed to maintain our health at that time.
By 2015 it is predicted that 50% of the female population of the UK, will be Clinically Obese.
How appalling is that?
Pretty much damned appalling in my opinion.
Dieters stuff themselves with what they are given to believe is weight reducing foods. The labels with their low-fat ideology, proclaiming that to eat it will help you lose weight.
What a load of old -------- !!!
I read very carefully the ingredients list of these, so called weight reducing products, and 9 times out of 10, sugar is included in the list.
Next time you are about to buy, yogurt, dieting ready meals, low fat (sugary) desserts or any other foods that supposedly are all right to consume if you want to reduce your excess weight. Have a look at the ingredients, and there it is – sugar – often near the top of the list.
There is a new custard type product on the market that proclaims it is 80% less fat, conveniently overlooking it's sugar content.
If the low fat diet is working, how come by 2015 50% of UK Females with be Clinically Obese?
Check out this BBC program, it is very illuminating – hopefully the link is still live. I apologize if it isn't.
So what is the answer?
Personally I believe it is staring us all in the face - but we are led to chose not to see it.
Are we being led in this? Yes, I believe we are, by a food industry that keeps on producing rubbish food, and tells us it is 'fun' to eat.
How may television adverts are there of a couple sitting on a sofa, watching television eating high sugared snacks?
Sweets, crisps, spicy wedges etc. All nutritionally suspect and none of them worth putting into our mouths.
During WW2, chocolate and sweets were just not readily available. So consequently they did not get eaten. And we were not a nation of overweight people. We were on the whole, slim and healthy.
No unnecessary snacking foods, just 3 meals a day of unrefined, meat and vegetables without a constant parade of over sugared desserts added to it. Cake and the like were a treat on Sundays. They were special – not – as we now have been led to think, a necessity that if we don't have them, we are deprived.
A large part of the nation is not deprived – it is FAT.
Here's an interesting exercise you might find 'fun'. Next time you are doing your weekly/monthly supermarket shop, fill your trolley up will all the foods you usually buy for yourself or family.
Load it with the low-fat yogurts, ready meals, crisps, biscuits, cakes and easy cook packeted whatever.
Before you go to pay for it all – take a long look at all the food you have put into your trolley that is not of any real nutritional value or is processed with a high degree of added sugar.
It is scary how many, savory food products, have sugar in them as part of the ingredients.
Now, go back around and put the useless foods back where they belong – on the shelf.
Keep the fresh fruit and vegetables. The quality breads, cheese, butter (I say butter because it is a natural food, not long ago we were told margarine was good for us...now we are told it's bad for us...) forget soda drinks, even diet is unnecessary, and stops you from drinking good old plain wonderfully hydrating – water. Concentrated fruit juice is just sugar in a glass – keep the whole fruit and dump the concentrated pulp.
You get the idea.
The highly processed snack and ready meal food industry is not our friend.
Not only, not buying all this junk food will help your weight and your health, it will also help your bank balance.
It is not difficult to produce quality meals that are made from unrefined nutritionally valuable foods nor is it too time consuming - but the benefits are huge.
Obesity is linked to diabetes, so is high blood pressure, and a myriad of other related illness that can be, in the case of obesity linked diabetes overcome, with the reduction of weight, and the introduction of a quality nutritional diet.
I'm not saying you should increase your fat eating, far from it, but I am saying that balance is the key to good health.
By balance I mean, eating a natural diet low in sugar, with the correct amount of fat and carbohydrate balanced meals.
Low fat cheese is, in my opinion, no better for you than ordinary cheese, if added to a salad, and not melted and pored over a pile of spicy wedges whilst watching television when you have already had your evening meal.
Fat is not fun. Every time I see a picture on Facebook of a fat girl trying to look beautiful, dressed skimpily with some sort of puerile caption – saying big is beautiful, I always comment and point out the dangers of obesity and stop being PC to look unprejudiced against fat. Get prejudiced – obesity is not good for anyone or the UK's creaking national health. The same applies to the rest of the overweight world.
Cut out sugar – don't be fooled into buying so called low fat weight loss foods that have sugar in them.
Balance your fats – we need some fat, just as we need vegetables and proteins.
Save money – don't buy junk food. Buy a new dress/pants instead for your new trimmer figure.
Above all enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Wishing you continued success in your weight reduction programme.
other books by Josephine Sanchez-Vanner
The Warlock's Woman – A beautiful physic and a yummy ghost fight an evil warlock to save the physic's soul. http://www.amazon.com/Warlocks-Woman-Josephine-Sanchez-Vanner-ebook/dp/B00ASQELNI/
Half Blood – This time the vampires are the good guys. http://www.amazon.com/Half-Blood-ebook/dp/B00GBCECDW/
http://theriotouswriter.blogspot.co.uk/ Adult content.