I’m 20kgs lighter then I was 4 years ago but if I could lose another 5kgs, things would be even better.
“If I could lose another 5kgs, things would be even better.” Such a classic statement that I have heard myself and a lot of my friends say. There is something magical about that final 5 and if you lose it you will feel better, happier, more confident, stronger etc etc.
As mentioned I’ve lost about 20kgs and plateaued around the same weight for a while now (well there was some weight gain about 2 years ago but having a baby will do that). I eat a relatively balanced diet. These days I tend to eat less carbs and more saturated fats than I use to, though I still eat carbs. Anything sweet is homemade by myself or family/friends using our products (how excited do I look about that cupcake!?!?). But I do have a soft spot for the occasional bit of questionable food, I’m talking to you hot chips.
So why aren’t I skinny? Is it because I still drink milk? I heard a Paleo expert say recently that if you eat dairy you definitely won’t lose weight. Is it because I enjoy nuts and coconut products? I heard a dietician say recently they are too calorie dense and we should restrict them. Is it because I don’t get exactly 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night? I’ve heard another expert in something blame excess weight on lack of sleep. Or maybe it’s because I’m not French, apparently French women’s skinniness is defined by their nationality. Wow these possibilities and experts are getting exhausting. Think I might lie down, listen to Edith Piaf with a latte and mega bowl of mixed nuts, no wait…
We get a lot of emails and Facebook questions from people who have quit sugar with the desire to lose weight. They see it as a diet and if the weight loss doesn’t happen quickly then why did they bother giving up sugar? It amazes me the focus is solely on weight loss not on the other reasons to quit sugar – that it causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, increased risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, linked to dementia, wrinkles, obesity, depression… the list goes on and seems to grow daily. Not to mention (and this has always been the big one for me) it’s addictive. This addiction can rule your life.
Giving up sugar has dramatically changed the way I eat, the way I think about food and how I feed my family. It has released me from an addiction that hung over my head daily and hopefully reduced a bunch of other health risks. Do these benefits outweigh being “skinny” (whatever that means), you bet. Happy, healthy, good relationship with food will always be the winner in my books.
Why did you quit sugar? Did you get the results you expected? Do you feel it’s been worth it?