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:
- 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.
- 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:
- Artificial Sweeteners Tied To Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes
- Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Weight Gain—Not Weight Loss
- Study: diet soda can really mess with your metabolism – New research helps explain why artificial sweeteners are linked to obesity and metabolic disease.
So, if you are a fan of artificial sweeteners and diet soda, perhaps you want to eliminate the artificial sweeteners from your life completely.