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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sugar Busters!

Initially after I gave birth to my daughter I lost 20 lbs of my pregnancy weight right away. But the next 20 lbs were very slow coming off! ( yes, i gained 40 lbs! I had such a sweet tooth the last trimester!) I was obviously not too happy with the slow weight loss so I decided something needed to be done about it.

I had heard about the Sugar Busters diet from my in-laws. They had both done it and lost around 15 lbs each, and at 75 and 80 years old that's amazing! Jon and I started the diet last August and the weight came off almost immediately. In a few months I was 10-15 lbs under the weight I was when I initially became pregnant.

The diet is laid out in book form, written by 4 doctors. The key concepts to Sugar Busters is to eliminate anything with more than 3 grams of sugar in it from your diet (not including fruit). This alone is VERY hard to do. Just to get an idea, next time you go to the grocery store look at the labels of the foods you normally buy, I bet it's very hard to find one that has less than 3 grams of sugar in it! The hardest part of the diet for me was grocery shopping for that mere reason. But once I found the legal foods and got into the habit of buying them them it was much easier.

Another aspect of the diet is to stay away from foods that have a high glycemic index, meaning the foods that turn into sugar very rapidly in your body. The book on Sugar Busters gives you a list of what these foods are.

Obviously, I was happy with the weight loss but even moreso was the way I felt after this diet change. I had so much more energy than before and didn't crave sugar at all, and that says a lot for me! I have such a sweet tooth.

Over the past couple months I had kind of steered away from this way of eating and once again was SO tired all the time and jut plain cranky. But as soon as I got back into the swing of eating healthy again it was like I was a new person.

Since we started this diet almost a year ago, I have converted three members of my family, haha :) My mom was so happy to have found Sugar Busters and has lost over 15 lbs as well!

It's definitely something to look into!

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