Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Secrets of Super Dieters


All this week ABC World News Tonight is running a story on the Secrets of Super Dieters.  They are covering the National Weight Control Registry, and how its members keep significant amounts of weight off for years.

I'm a member of the registry, and they contacted me on Sunday, and asked me to send some before and after photos to Diane Sawyers producer.  As you can imagine, I was eager to send in my pictures.  Here is the link to the first report where they are shown:  http://news.yahoo.com/video/secrets-super-dieters-231615573.html

I was so excited when my sister called from Dallas to say, "You're on the news," and I also wanted to share the two keys to permanent weight loss that are cited in the report.

1.  The majority of members of the National Weight Control Registry state that they don't cheat.
I have to agree that this is true in my case as well.  For me, not cheating means the permanent elimination of added sugar and grains from my diet.  These foods always trigger overeating for me, and with each day that passes without them, my cravings and "Food Thoughts" become fainter and fainter.  This is what I want for you, Sugar Freedom readers.  The goal is a sense of satisfaction and balance when it comes to food.

2. The second "Secret" is that the majority of the NWCR's members eat breakfast every day.  Now, there are some famous fitness leaders who have become, and remain, super lean while skipping breakfast, but when it comes to me and my students, I see a direct connection between a satisfying breakfast and a day when food is satisfying, but not over-stimulating.

This morning, I'm at San Francisco International Airport getting ready to fly to Miami to meet with Craig Ballantyne, Shawna Kaminski, Rick Kaselj, and 40 other health and fitness professionals.  We'll be sharing our best ideas for helping our clients, students, and customers meet their goals, and I need to be well nourished so that I'm not distracted by my trigger foods.

The great news is that I was able to get scrambled eggs, salmon, and berries for breakfast: at the airport!  The "buffet" I went to had 3 kinds of organic, no sugar yogurt as well.  We are starting to change what's available on the road by asking for what we want.  How refreshing.

Over the next few days and weeks, I will be doing my best to discover and share with you real world foods and recipes that will make Sugar Freedom as simple and easy as possible.  One of the things you have been sharing with me is a need for more breakfast choices.  Here is one that is a little out of the box.  After the Three Day Sugar Strike, and a week on the Sugar Freedom Diet, I recommend adding back a serving of potatoes or sweet potatoes if you wish.  For breakfast you could have half a sweet potato topped with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and cinnamon.  Seriously satisfying, and you could add 2 strips of uncured bacon to your meal as well.

In addition, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut flakes, and chopped nuts can be mixed to make a "Freedom Cereal" for breakfast as well.  Believe me, I will be looking for new ways to make Sugar Freedom not just simple and satisfying, but tasty too.

As you go forward on your journey to your authentic ideal body, I hope you will consider joining the National Weight Control Registry if you lose 30 or more pounds and keep it off for a year or more.  We need your stories, insight, and wisdom so that everyone who wants to lose fat for good can have a resource for learning what has worked for others long term.