Predict When You’ll Cheat On a Diet
Diets would be so much easier if you could just stick with them. Everything is great in the beginning, but then it seems something always gets in the way and you fall back into your old routine again, often times gaining back even more weight than when you first started. Why? What causes someone to be so determined to be successful on a diet, but then fall short of their desired outcome? Believe it or not it’s not all of your fault, in fact most of the time there are other factors sabotaging your efforts. Once you learn the real reasons why it happens, it increases your chances of being successful. It all starts with...
Sugars Bitter Truth
It’s hard to sometimes resist breads, pastries, and cakes and at times it can seem down right overpowering. There have been studies that have compared sugar cravings with the need to consume addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine. In one such study (Corwin RL, Avena NM, Boggiano MM. Feeding and reward: Physiol Behav. 2011 Jul 25;104:87-97) animals with repeated, on and off access to a sugar solution developed behaviors and brain changes similar to the effects of some drugs of abuse. A separate similar study showed that in animals, sugar is even more addictive than cocaine. The same results were obtained when animals were allowed to choose between water sweetened with saccharin — an artificial sweetener — and cocaine. Even when cocaine-addicted animals were tested they found that the animals switched their preference from the cocaine to sugar, once the sweetener was available as a choice. These animals were also found to be desensitized to the analgesic effects of morphine (Lenoir M, Serre F, Cantin L, Ahmed SH. Intense Sweetness Surpasses Cocaine Reward. 2007; PLoS ONE 2: e698. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000698). Why is morphine desensitizing important? Well because they found that sugars beta endorphin receptor sites in the brain are the same receptor sites that are activated by heroin and morphine.
One of the first books written about sugars deadly effects was called Sugar Blues by William Dufty over 26 years ago. Another book called “Pure, white and deadly” was written by Professor John Yudkin in 1972. This book would prophetically predict what would happen around the world because of sugar consumption. This book was so accurate that today, even though the book is out of print, copies of it are selling for as much as $100.00. To quote Professor Yudkin: "When you come to think of it, almost all of the tempting foods that are taken to satisfy appetite rather than hunger contain carbohydrate that is either sugar or starch." "These carbohydrate-rich foods have another characteristic; they are all artificial foods that do not exist in nature."
Research on sugar has now been found to contribute to health issues such as type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, insulin resistance and many auto-immune diseases. Simply put, just because sugar is in things like candy doesn't make it harmless, in fact sugar is a very toxic substance. Yes it tastes sweet but look at it this way, cats and dogs love the sweetness of anti-freeze, but it also is toxic. Just because it taste good doesn't make it good for your body. The average person now consumes 141 pounds of sugar per year. In the 18th century sugar became a cheap commodity and almost immediately doctors were warning about its ill effects. This warning however fell on deaf ears.
Today researchers are echoing the same warnings against sugar use that were first given to people over 200 years ago. Sugar packs in a lot of useless calories in a very small package, and once you’ve become addicted, it’s very hard to stop craving it in the foods you consume. The results from two new studies are very eye opening. In the first study it showed that the earlier a child was exposed to sugar, the more addicted to it they became. In the second study they found that when pregnant women consumed sugar, the babies were born with a sugar addiction. The same thing happens with crack cocaine.
The video below (Sugar: the bitter truth) is one and a half hours long, but I promise you it's the best hour and a half you'll spend regarding your health. If you don't have time to watch it now, please bookmark it and find time to watch it later. It explains, in great detail, how sugar is literally killing you and your loved ones.
The High Fructose Corn Syrup Link
High fructose corn syrup is now being used in place of sugar because it is so cheap to manufacture. While it is just as addictive as sugar, it is many times more unhealthy than sugar to consume (and sugar as we’ve seen isn’t healthy to begin with). High fructose corn syrup has also been found to help cancer cells to multiply. Because high fructose corn syrup (sometimes called HFCS) is so unhealthy for you the Corn Refiners Association, a group that protects the interests of HFCS makers, is now trying to change its name. Of course they have decided to use a name that sounds 'harmless' but make no mistake, it is just like the original high fructose corn syrup. They have chosen the name 'corn sugar' so soon you may start seeing it, instead of its old name of high fructose corn syrup on your food labels. Don’t be tricked. Corn sugar and high fructose corn syrup are one in the same. The Corn Refiners Association has also claimed that high fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar. It is not! They are now being sued for trying to mislead consumers. You’ll find high fructose corn syrup / corn sugar in almost everything that you consume, but things are starting to change.
The average American eats an astounding 63 lbs of high fructose corn syrup per year and that amount is growing each year. Beverages made with high fructose corn syrup have high levels of reactive carbonyls that have been linked with cell and tissue damage. It has been shown that this cell and tissue damage directly leads to diabetes. High fructose corn syrup has also been linked to sources that are genetically modified. Not only that but some sources of high fructose corn syrup were not even intended for human consumption, yet somehow they still ended up in your food supply.
It’s almost impossible to stay away from it, but you have to try. Some food manufactures are getting the message and are removing it from their foods. High fructose corn syrup is not just unhealthy, it’s toxic! Recent findings found that high fructose corn syrup contains the virulent poison Mercury, that’s right Mercury, the same stuff that environmental officials wear Hazmat suits to handle because itfatally damages the brain and kidneys. Not only does high fructose corn syrup contain Mercury, but it has over 5 times the limit set for humans.
As a consumer you vote with your wallet, and the more you chose foods without this toxic ingredient, the better! Normally when you eat and you get full your body creates leptin, which sends the vital message to your brain that you are in fact full. Your brain will then remove all of your cravings to eat. Makes sense right? However, when you consume fructose your brain does not receive leptin, and so even though your fat reserves are over flowing, your brain thinks that you are starving, which makes you want to eat more. More of what? Well since nearly everything on the stores shelves contains high fructose corn syrup you are eating more fructose, and the vicious cycle continues and you crave to eat more and more high fructose corn syrup, and you get fatter and fatter, even though your brain still thinks you’re starving (because there is no leptin being sent to your brain). Remove the fructose from your diet and you won’t be tempted to eat all day long, because leptin will finally have a chance to do its job. If you don’t want to cheat on your diet, then remove as much high fructose corn syrup from your diet as you can. Even if you only remove a little your body will thank you.
Don’t Become Manipulated
In 1915 Coke Cola bottles were 6.5 oz. If you only drank one every day you would gain 8 extra pounds of fat per year.
In 1955 Coke Cola bottles were increased to 10 oz. If you only drank one every day you would gain 13 extra pounds of fat per year.
In 1960 Coke Cola used a 12 oz. can. If you only drank one every day you would gain 16 extra pounds of fat per year.
In 1992 Coke Cola bottles were increased to 20 oz. If you only drank one every day you would gain 26 extra pounds of fat per year.
See a pattern here? The size of Cokes bottles have increased over the years. This is by design. Soda pop contains salt, and to cover up the taste of the salt they add high fructose corn syrup. A LOT of high fructose corn syrup. The bigger containers gives you a bigger dose of high fructose corn syrup, and because of the addictive nature of this toxic substance, you end up craving to consume more. High fructose corn syrup is in almost everything that you buy.
There are however a few responsible companies that are now moving away from it, so read your labels and simply don’t buy products that contain either high fructose corn syrup or corn sugar (which is the same thing). As soon as manufactures see the sales of NON - high fructose corn syrup products rise, they will start producing more non - high fructose corn syrup products themselves. It’s really all about money.
When you don’t buy products that contain high fructose corn syrup / corn sugar in them you are voting with your wallet and sending the manufactures a strong message saying that you won’t be manipulated by them because you want to consume healthier foods and beverages.
In Part Two of this series we'll look at "The Uncomfortable Truth About Comfort Foods".
You can predict when you are going to cheat on a diet, and you CAN be successful when you are on a diet. You just need to stay away from a few key things in the foods and beverages that you consume.