11/13/2013 8:08:15 AM
I think that articles like this can be dangerous. All that the low-fat, sugar-free craze in our country has gotten us is a bunch of people with assorted health issues, like diabetes and fibromyalgia. Cutting most or all of the fat out of your diet (resulting in a high-carb, low-fat, low-protein diet) isn't smart, nor is switching from sugar to the various chemicals that pass as "artificial sweeteners" nowadays. Your best bet is to switch to natural foods whenever possible and to eat a variety at each sitting so that you have a balance of carbs, fats, and proteins.
For example, if what you're eating for breakfast is a bagel with fat-free cream cheese or a piece of fruit and washing it down with orange juice, you're eating almost 100% carbohydrates. Doing that, you're setting yourself up for a blood sugar drop that can ultimately lead you to want to eat more as your body desperately tries to raise your blood sugar. If you do this to your body on a daily basis, you will become first insulin-resistant and then possibly diabetic after your pancreas finally wears out and gives up.
Instead, choose to eat half of that same bagel with a fried egg or a sausage patty (turkey or pork, but pork has more calories) and maybe an ounce of cheese. Now, instead of overloading your body with carbs that it has to fight off, you're giving it a mix of carbs, fats, and proteins that will take a while to digest, and your blood sugar will remain stable. You aren't going to find yourself wanting an apple (another all-carb choice) or candy bar by mid-morning. When you do decide to have a snack, choose an apple with a spoonful of whatever nut butter you like best or a small handful of nuts, or grab a small handful of trail mix that includes peanuts. Chew each bite slowly so that you can experience the flavors fully and give your brain a chance to realize that you're eating so it can turn off the food craving.
And my opinion is that everyone should run far and fast away from artificial sweeteners. There is a reason that many/most of them are banned in other countries and not the U.S.--the big companies that lobby in the U.S. to keep them "legal." What's considered poisonous in other countries is regularly added to *your* food. If someone has to constantly reassure you that something is a magic cure to losing weight, eye them with suspicion. You don't get overweight in a short time, so you can't take that same weight off healthily in a short time. Anything worth doing/having takes time to earn and to maintain. Anyone who tells you differently is just trying to sell you something.
I hope this comment helps someone. Be wary if you want to be healthy!