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Weight Loss Success

  • 17 Aug 2013 6:59 AM
    Message # 1368398
    Deleted user
    Hi, I've been sugar-free for 9 weeks now and have lost 7.8 kilos!  I'm really happy with this result and feel good.  I'll probably be losing more (hopefully around 5 or so more kilos).  (My stats: Height: 165cm, age 42 next week, female, start weight: 69.8, current weight: 62 kilos.)  I have found it amazing how the weight drops off, I never feel hungry (as the foods I do eat are virtually fructose free yet high in protein etc and keep me fuller so I don't end up eating too much of anything!).
    I was at my friend's house yesterday (she's the one who introduced me to this way of life 9 weeks ago).  She and her mum have lost 8 kilos so far and they both look great.  She was also saying to me that since she's had success on her journey and have wanted to share it with people (not forcefully of course - just in conversation if a relevant topic came up) that most people look at her like she's a born again Christian who wants to 'preach' and everybody virtually puts their hands on their ears and runs!  I found the same thing so I don't talk about it anymore with people - only briefly if they ask me how I lost my weight.  Mostly I simply say "If you're interested I highly recommend David Gillespie's "Sweet Poison" book as it explains it really well".
    This will be my way of life now on and I won't have a problem sticking to it.  
    Feel great!
    Perri :)

  • 18 Aug 2013 2:02 AM
    Reply # 1368753 on 1368398

    I know how you feel - I've been fructose free for over 2 years now and most of my friends see it as a choice - like  I've become a vegetarian or yes a born again Christian...  They can see how much weight I've lost, and see that I'm keeping it off, yet express surprise when we go out for dinner and I don't order dessert.  The truth is I don't want dessert and don't miss it.

    On the plus side, I feel great and have so much more energy!  Sadly I think that people believe that the weight loss is because I go to the gym.  Really it's the other way around!

  • 19 Aug 2013 6:12 AM
    Reply # 1369252 on 1368398
    Deleted user
    Yes, Sandra I guess people will learn about it when they're ready.  I must admit I first heard about the sugar free way of life 2 years ago and it took me this long to genuinely be interested.  (By the way, hopped on the scales this morning to see I've lost even more weight since when I posted my last post.  I've now lost a total of 8.5 kilos - very happy!) :)

  • 19 Aug 2013 9:31 PM
    Reply # 1369882 on 1368398
    Yes, it does take a while of backsliding and falling off the wagon etc for c 18 mths. It IS hard when social life and even some of work life is organised around sugar! You don't realise until you try to do without it. But as we know, it is worth it. One hopeful sign is the popularity of Sarah Wilson, who read David's books and now has her own kind of fructose-free industry going: blog, website, e-books and paper books all on how to do without sugar, fantastic recipes etc. She's good - google her. She has a big following - like David, she's smart and a good writer, and she's prettier than him! Ha! So I think her visual appeal is a also a big reason why she gets a lot of media coverage. Sexist, yes, but the public exposure to the evils of sugar can only be a good thing. She has a program you can join: I Quit Sugar, which gives support, recipes etc. I think she helps a lot of people. Her Friday email 'A Sweet Life on a Friday' is informative and cute and keeps you on the right track about health in general. Sarah Wilson is popular with a lot of young women so they will influence other people and raise their kids this way - it's very hopeful. Good that she's got this movement going in the face of Big Sugar, which is using tactics of Big Tobacco when threatened with loss the of their mega-profits.
  • 19 Aug 2013 10:39 PM
    Reply # 1369926 on 1368398
    Deleted user
    Good on you, well done. I wish I could say the same (about weight loss). I have been sugar free for approx 8 weeks and have lost nothing. Can you tell me what your typical day of food looks like? Do you still drink alcohol? Do you have carbs? I need to lose approx 15kilos and cannot seem to budge anything.
  • 20 Aug 2013 7:18 AM
    Reply # 1370103 on 1368398
    Deleted user
    Hi Stephanie,
    I wouldn't worry too much as the weight loss journey is so very different for everybody and happens at very different times.  My typical daily food would consist of: Breakfast: piece of Burgen Rye toast with butter and a coffee.  Morning tea: coffee. Lunch: toasted sandwich (if not rye, whole grain that is lower in sugar) with ham, cheese and avocado.  Dinner: whatever's going if it's appropriate for me meat (lamb or chicken or steak) - can even have gravy, veges (mostly greens - broccoli, peas and some wedges.  I avoid carrots and higher fructose veges).  I am happy to say that I do still have alcohol - my drink of choice a nice Merlot (if it's wines, stick with the dry wines). Oh - and I love cheeses!  Always have, so if I want a snack (which is rare) I'll just grab a piece of either camenbert or swiss or even cheddar.  Honestly, 2 small pieces and I'm full! As a treat sometimes I have a Diet Coke (but this is hardly healthy really, as it's carcinogenic! - it's just my naughty thing!). 
    I also bake some sugar free treats from David's book - my favourite to have in a container every week to nibble on if I want is his TV Choc Slice, but I make it without the icing (was too sticky) and with a little more butter to make it less dry).
    I successfully completed withdrawal around the 5 week mark.  (Got minor headaches and felt a little tired and - well just odd on occasion).  After that I had absolutely not one craving for anything sweet.  It's amazing what I CAN eat!  But because the foods I eat are full of protein etc, I get full easily and don't eat large portions of them.  I'm actually NEVER hungry. I'm very lucky that it's worked out so well for me so far, but I may reach a plateau at some point - most people do.  
    Hope this has helped some.  Best of luck on your journey!!!! You never know - you may hit week 10 and it may start dropping off - I've heard that happening with some.  :)

  • 20 Aug 2013 7:22 PM
    Reply # 1370609 on 1368398
    I buy the burgen soy linseed bread now. I'm following a low gi fructose free diet, I find that too many simple carbs aren't good for me, I use a lot of legumes (lentils, barley, chickpeas), low gi bread (soy linseed), wholegrain wraps, sweet potatoes (not normal potato), low gi rice, I drink alcohol (no more then 1 drink at a time), no tea or coffee, herbal teas.  I have since found out while googling, multigrain bread isn't actually good for you, it's just white bread with seeds thrown in, your better off buying wholegrain bread, soy linseed etc, helga's have a good range as do burgen (basically buy anything other then white or wholemeal in those brands, I do however buy light rye for the kids).
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