To all those people out there that want to lose weight but can't, I have to tell you something. It's not fat or calories. It is the carbohydrates in food and drinks. That is it. Want to lose fat? Cut the carbs down to about 60 grams a day, and you get slim.
Listen to me carefully. Carbs are the 'instant energy' fat that your body uses first. Once that 'instant energy' is gone, your body starts using the rest of the fat and you get slim. For example, a Weight Watchers dinner of fish and vegetables and their lasagna dinner are both 290 calories. But the fish has about 12 grams of carbs and the lasagna has about 46 grams. Forty six grams of carbs means you can eat 10 more grams that day and a soda cracker is 3 grams. A bagel is 60.
Is there hope? Yes. The foods you can eat that are low in carbs are fish, meat, chicken, cheese, eggs and vegetables, although vegies have the most carbs. Forget grains and fruit juices, no matter how much they are touted as 'being good for you.' They have too many carbs in them. What is 'good for you' is to get rid of the fat that surrounds your vital organs and makes your joints hurt and can cause diabetes.
Some little carb books you can buy even list fast food, but today almost everything has the carbs listed on it...even McDonalds. So, you can eat that 45 gram cheese burger (the bun)...just keep the rest of the day low on carbs.
Food with fat in it such as salad dressing, are LOW in carbs. Fat is not what most people think it is. It is about what MAKES you fat. A pat of butter has 36 calories, but only ZERO carbs. And our food industry does not want you to know that its the carbs and not the calories that make you fat. So, when you keep carbs low, your body eats the real fat stored in your body.
Thirty years ago when I was quite physically active, I lost 25 pounds in one month eating 60 grams of carbs a day. Three years ago I lost 45 pounds in nine months. In fact, I went 10 pounds below what I wanted and I looked really thin. I have found that around 80-100 grams of carbs a day maintains the weight I want and have been that for two years now. I've gotten into the habit of watching my carbs.
Just read the labels on food, get a carb book or look it up on the internet and write down the carbs you eat every day. This is basically the 'diet' diabetics use to control their sugar. And remember that eating white bread spikes your sugar level because it is refined and shoots right through your stomach. Eating some beans or some peanuts with the bread slows down your stomach's digestion and keeps that sugar level LEVEL, instead of spiking.
You can still live in this unhealthy nation and be thin and not take any pills or drugs.