The #1 Weight Loss Blocker in your Diet
My name is Laura Frontiero. I’m a Nurse Practitioner and Functional Medicine Consultant. I help women take control of their health. Oftentimes this looks like my clients finally losing stubborn excess weight they’ve been carrying for years, having more energy than they did in their 30s, or healing their digestion so they no longer suffer from gas and bloating. All amazing stuff right?
One thing I believe in is bio-individuality. Everybody is unique and has different needs. This is why every time I work with someone privately, I run functional lab testing first. Even though everyone is unique, there are still certain key pieces of guidance I give to everyone, and today I’m going to tell you about one of them.
But first, a quick back story.
I’m a sugar addict. I have to work every day not to eat sugar. Salt doesn’t affect me as much. In fact, you can put a plate of French fries in front of me and I’ll eat a few and push them aside. Because that’s not my vice! Now if you put homemade chocolate chip cookie dough in front of me, I will eat it until I am physically sick to my stomach. In fact, I’ve even whipped up a batch…just to eat the raw dough.
What causes us to crave sugar?
1. Genetics: Yes, your genetics actually play a role. It’s not 100% your fault.
2. Memories: For example, I remember making homemade cookies often as a child; this was a joyful experience to me and my brain remembers that feeling and gets me salivating for the cookie dough.
3. Your Brain: When we eat sugar, processed carbs, salt, and fat in the right combination, it actually stimulates dopamine production in the brain. So you get this big dopamine hit in the pleasure center and you want more!
What happens over time is our body downgrades the receptors for dopamine and we actually need more of it to actually get that same stimulation. Just like a drug addict! We need to eat more and more (cookie dough) to get that same high.
This vicious cycle is one reason sugar makes it so hard for you to lose weight.
One of the most important things I did to take back control of my health (and release 20lbs in my 40s) was getting rid of sugar.
Historically, Americans have gone from eating about 10 pounds of sugar per person, per year in 1800 to 152 pounds of sugar (and 146 pounds of flour) per person today!!
So your ancestors ate less than a teaspoon a day, whereas the average American now eats close to half a pound of sugar a day (about 36 tablespoons).
How did this happen? Food trends!!
Over 600,000 food products today don’t contain much real food. Instead, they are full of fillers, artificial colorings, preservatives, and PLENTY of sugar. In fact, more than 80% of products on shelves today have added sugar.
Researchers say today’s obesity crisis may be linked to sugar being added to foods in the late 1970s and coinciding with high fructose corn syrup being introduced into the food market.
Sugar and Weight Gain
The more sugar you consume, the more glucose flows into your blood. Higher amounts of glucose cause your pancreas to produce more insulin. The more insulin you produce creates a resistance to the effects of insulin. This leads to fat storage, typically around the belly/midsection.
Candida is a parasitic fungus that is one cause of inflammation. Typically, your healthy bacteria keep candida under control. A high intake of sugar adds to candida overgrowth…which can produce sugar cravings, gas, swelling, and weight gain.
Ready to Kick Sugar to the Curb?
I’ve created a 5 Day Sugar Detox Guide that I want to give you for FREE! In this guide, I will teach you how to beat sugar cravings, prepare delicious sugar-free recipes, and re-energize your life.
The guide includes information about what foods have hidden sugars. I will walk you through sugar cravings, ways to practice self-care, and tons of sugar-free recipes. Recipes that taste as good as they will make you feel!
I’ve also included a food journal you can use to record your meals and stay accountable. Take advantage of the “feeling” prompt where you can track any changes. You could notice some healing responses such as better sleep, or feeling less bloated.
YES, you can notice changes within a week when you quit sugar. It’s that powerful!
Are you ready?
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