Ultimately there are only three ways to lose weight:
Our world is burning the wrong fuel. Whether you believe that global warming is real or not, burning fossil fuels creates problems such as air pollution, environmental damage, and political instability. There will be a day when oil costs more than it is worth to extract it from the ground. Changing from burning oil to using renewable resources is not going to be easy, but once we have made the change we will all be better off. The same is true with our body’s fuel. Most people think that our body’s energy and sugar are the same thing. The reason you think this has to do with a combination of advertising and misguided research studies. In the past, it was well known that athletes would “bonk” when they exercised for a long time without eating anything. Researchers discovered that bonking was due to running out of glycogen (the quick-energy form of sugar). To keep from bonking, scientists discovered, athletes needed to keep taking sugar in during exercise. The sport drink industry has pushed this idea out of the science lab and into our brains and this is why most of us think that sugar is the same as energy. When…
JuiceIf you are like many parents and trying to help your kids make good choices about what they are eating, you might find yourself reaching for fruit juice when you are shopping instead of soda. While I applaud the move to get soda out of your and your children’s life, fruit juice is actually no better than soda and it may actually be much worse. I know that this is the last thing you want to hear because when you think of fruit juice it seems so natural and it just feels like it is good for you. When you are shopping and you see a label that says “100 percent fruit juice” it looks healthier than everything else on the isle. Or, when you see that cooler of fresh squeezed juices and smoothies it seems fresh, natural, and full of vitamins. Yes, fruit is natural. The problem lies is how much we are drinking and the strange messages that fructose sends to our bodies.
Your journey to where you want to be healthy and weight-wise will take you down some roads that don’t serve you very well. It will also feel at times that you are doing the right thing and at others that you are no closer to where you want to be than when you started.