How artificial sweeteners may be causing your obesity

I met a man today for coffee. He had seen MBthin.com, and he wanted to share his weight loss story. When I met him he was still “large”. But he had shed many pounds already, to go from “enormous” to his present size.

So I asked the obvious question: How did you do it? He had lots of little things (e.g. park in the furthest-away parking space and walk to the store), but here were the two biggest things in his mind:

  1. He had gotten in the habit of eating four meals a day – the normal breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an additional meal at 10PM or 11PM. This fourth meal was, obviously, a big source of too-many calories. So he eliminated the fourth meal. How? Mainly through will power and distraction. He got out of the habit of eating this meal.
  2. But this didn’t make a significant/noticeable difference until his internist (he has been a diabetic for 15 years) told him to eliminate artificial sweeteners, all of them, completely. The internist’s statement was that artificial sweeteners “rewire the brain” and disrupt the body’s natural fat-burning tendencies. The internist said it would take 6 or 7 months for the brain to get things back to normal, but then the elimination of artificial sweeteners would really help with weight loss. According to this man, he took his doctor’s advice, and completely eliminated the artificial sweeteners he had been using. Seven months later weight loss became significantly easier and he started to shed pounds.

I had never heard anything concrete on the possible negative effects of artificial sweeteners, so I did some searching. Here are several articles that support the claim:

So, if you are a fan of artificial sweeteners and diet soda, perhaps you want to eliminate the artificial sweeteners from your life completely.

The “how to low-carb diet” video is now available!

If you have ever thought to yourself “I MUST LOSE WEIGHT”, but you have not had a lot of success with it, take a look at the low-carb approach, as described in this video:

In Exercise 3 we talked about food diaries and how they can help you gain control of your calorie intake. But for many people (me included!) it simply is not possible to run a calorie deficit every day with just a food diary.

What is working for me, in addition to a food diary, is a low-carb diet. For me, a low-carb diet has 3 big advantages:

  1. It cuts my appetite way back, so I experience many fewer hunger pangs and cravings,
  2. Now with my appetite under control, I can use a food diary and run a calorie deficit, and
  3. If I can run a calorie deficit, I do lose weight!

And I am able to lose weight fast – 20.4 pounds in 4 weeks, for example (to be fair, half of this is water weight, a nice side effect of low carb dieting).

If you would like to try a low-carb diet yourself, watch this video and then see:

How to Low-Carb Diet

 

“How can I help my mother lose weight” – a message from a concerned son

I received this message today from Jason:

Excited to track your progress! I need to find a way to coach my mom towards a similar weight loss approach. Any ideas?

Here is my response:

Well… let’s first understand that this is a little bit like asking an alcoholic to quit drinking – The alcoholic needs to make the decision to change. So how do we help your mother make the decision? One way might be to sit down with her and work together to make a list of how her life will be better if she loses weight. Maybe this process would help her see the advantages of losing weight.

Next, she may have been discouraged by attempts she has made in the past to lose weight, and they didn’t work. So it may seem impossible. One reason I am documenting everything on YouTube is so that other people can see a plan that really does work, and watch as the weight loss unfolds for a real person. This page lays it out:

Come lose weight yourself!

Hope this helps!

In my week 3 status report, I lost 4.5 more pounds!

Here in my week 3 status report I lost 4.4 more pounds, for a total of 17.5 pounds in 3 weeks – it feels great!

One thing I talk about this week is motivation, and the things that have kept me motivated for 3 weeks straight. I also talk about the little wins in week 3, like… I wore jeans for the first time in a year! Want to join me? Here is the plan:

Come lose weight yourself!

Check out this amazing weight loss graph, thanks to the plan here on MBthin

In the last 3 weeks a miracle has happened in my weight loss and dieting journey – I am actually able to control my eating and lose weight consistently. I have lost 17.5 pounds in 3 weeks. So what happened? Take a look at this graph:

The answer is that I started a low-carb diet. A low-carb diet really helps me by cutting my appetite and my cravings. This lets me start to control my eating, and I am able to maintain a calorie deficit. This is a prelude, to help you understand some of the benefits of low-carb diets. Want to get started? Check this page:

Come lose weight yourself!

In my week 2 status report, I lost 4 more pounds!

Here in my week 2 status report, I lost 4 more pounds! So I have lost 13 pounds in 2 weeks, and it feels really good!

One thing discussed in this video is weight “bubbles”, in particular, one day where I gained more than a pound on the scale for no reason. These bubbles can be discouraging, especially if they last for several days, but if you can get into the habit of ignoring them and staying on track, everything works out if you are running a consistent calorie deficit.