I was sitting anxiously in a NY jazz club. I was the first one in my party there, and I was waiting to meet the guest of honor. I ordered a martini, and tried to relax. My husband had bought me a new outfit to wear out, it fit well, and I felt confident.
It was like the movies. A tall, blonde woman whisked by with a small entourage with her. My jaw dropped when I saw her in person — I had seen her on the Internet and on TV, and in person she looked so much more amazing. She was tall, slim, and strong — and her skin had a gorgeous glow. She looked so happy.
I was captivated by JJ Virgin, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert. I was thrilled to have been invited to an intimate dinner and show hosted by her.
JJ Virgin is the author of "Sugar Impact Diet" and is a three-time NY Times bestselling author. After seeing her in person, I saw the priceless effects taking sugar out of your diet has. JJs slim, strong body and beautiful skin, confidence and shine inside and out spoke volumes.
Heres a picture of both of us together.
JJ talks about how sugar is more addictive than cocaine, heroin, and morphine! Taking sugar out of my diet was the major nutritional change I made that caused the extra fat on my body to fall off like never before.
When I got rid of sugar, I lost 10 pounds in one month, and 20 pounds in 3 months (AFTER 2 kids and in my mid-thirties). You can do it too!
Let me give you a business case to decrease sugar from your diet — with time as the currency:
Only 1 of 6 Americans who lose weight actually keep it off after a year. Research has shown that people who were successful in keeping their weight off added 60 — 90 minutes of moderate exercise to their lives per day.
Wait?, was that, 60—90 minutes; daily? I dont know about you, but with two kids, a full-time job, and a busy life, I dont have time to add 60 — 90 minutes of exercise to my day!
Yes, exercise is important, but if you just dont that level of time to commit, do you have to settle for being "big-boned" and "chubby"? Is there another time-saving way to lose weight — and actually keep it off?
The "secret" to losing weight and keeping it off (without going to the gym for HOURS a day) is to keep your blood sugar low. To sum it up, heres my quick advice: Eat foods with low sugar to cause less fat gain AND stay fuller for longer.
Sugar isnt only in sweets. Many carbohydrate-rich foods contain sugar, and when you eat them the sugar is released.
Check out the 3 videos JJ offers that talk in detail about the impact of sugar. After video 1, she will give you a free "Sneaky Sugar Inventory" that shows you all the foods sugar is in. I highly recommend you look at it so you know ALL of the places where sugar appears.
Im going to explain the science behind how sugar gets processed into fat in our body and why you STILL feel hungry after you eat it in my Quick Weight-Loss Q&A below.
Naginas Quick Weight-Loss Q&A
1. What causes a sugar rush?
Foods with carbohydrates that break down quickly and release sugar into the bloodstream give you a "sugar rush" (sweets, candy, soda, white bread, white rice, potatoes, dried fruit, most sauces, high-sugar drinks and more).
2. How does sugar turn into fat?
When you have a sugar rush, it signals the release of insulin which brings blood sugar back down, primarily by converting the excess sugar to stored fat.
3. Why do I feel hungry again after I eat a lot of sugar?
Due to the rapid increase and then the rapid decrease in sugar (see question above), your body feels fatigue, light-headedness, irritability, and lethargy. Ironically, we become hungry again shortly after, since the energy has been taken out of our bloodstream — so we are more prone to overeating.
Lesson: Low-sugar foods do not convert to fat as quickly and make you fuller for longer.
4. Thanks Nagina — I got it! What foods should I eat instead?
Foods that are high in protein and fiber.
Key high protein and high fiber foods in my diet are beans and lentils. I have steady energy throughout my day, and dont feel pangs of hunger.
Below are a few cheat lists I made for you:
5 Tips to Take Sugar Out of your Diet and Lose Weight Quickly
- Eat lots of vegetables, lentils, beans and low-fat protein sources (eggs, fish, 90% lean beef, chicken breast, etc.)
- Eat low-sugar fruit: ½ cup berries or small tangerine
- Limit potatoes, rice and bread (white and brown) to small side dishes or eliminate completely
- Do not drink calories since they are usually high-sugar
- Avoid processed and canned foods and go for the least processed option available
6 Low-sugar Snacks:
- Celery and/or Bell Pepper strips with 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter, hummus, or guacamole and salsa
- 6 oz. Nonfat Greek yogurt with a sprinkle of chopped nuts or ground flaxseed
- 14 unsalted mixed nuts
- 40 (or 1/2 a handful) unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1 stick part skim string cheese (mozzarella cheese stick)
- 8 oz. 1% cottage cheese with optional ½ cup berries
Every recipe and tip I share with you on MasalaBody.com contains foods that are drastically low in sugar. Weight-loss becomes easy and sustainable with the foods and lifestyle I recommend to you. I always show you the easiest ways to lose weight and keep it off forever — and taking sugar out is my #1 recommendation.
Let me know your comments on below.
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