One of the biggest misconceptions is that eating fat makes us fat. The fact is, dietary fat does not make us fat. It is sugar that makes us fat. We are consuming 17 times more sugar now compared to our predecessors in the 1800s. This has directly resulted in an all-time high rate of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Check out the excellent sugar infographic below.
Some people think using artificial sweeteners is a safe alternative to sugar to help them lose weight. However, studies show artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame (Nutrasweet), actually cause weight gain and a recent study has shown that drinking just one 12 ounce can of diet soda a day leads to a:
42 percent higher risk of leukemia in men and women
102 percent higher risk of multiple myeloma in men
31 percent higher risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men
The secret to losing weight and keeping it off the rest of your life is to immediately reduce and gradually eliminate as much added sugar in your diet as possible. This also includes reducing grain consumption. Because sugar is as addictive as cocaine, some people may have to gradually eliminate it instead of quitting all at once. A great strategy is to eat half the amount of sugar laden foods, beverages and grain (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and replace with potatoes, more healthy fats, protein, and unsweetened beverages, such as filtered water.
Have you checked out the Deflaming Guidelines? This document explains in more detail about the foods that cause systemic inflammation in your body which leads to disease. These are also the same foods that cause weight gain. If you follow these guidelines, you will reduce disease, lose weight and keep it off the rest of your life!