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.

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!

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There are now 3 videos available at MBthin.

The first video is a quick, fun obesity quiz, and then explains what this site is about and how you can join in the fun:

The second video helps you admit to your weight problem and commit to solving it by posting your Goal Sheet:

The third video shows you my starting point at 260 pounds, about 100 pounds overweight. You are encouraged to document your starting point as well: