Is Sugar the New Smoking?
You’ve worked hard to prepare for retirement and have done everything right! You have enough savings and pensions for a comfortable retirement and ready to go onto to the next phase of your life.
But how is your health? I find more and more clients are mentioning their ailments and how it impacts what they plan to do now and in retirement?
What good is money, if you don’t feel good enough to enjoy it?
Admittedly, I have put on more than a few pounds over the years and it seems harder and harder to take it off. Eating less and exercising more just doesn’t do it. In my 40s, I tried the “Zone Diet” with good results but it just wasn’t sustainable. Recently, I was researching some nutrition websites and stumbled onto the “low carb – moderate protein – high fat diet”, commonly referred to as LCHF. I was totally unaware of how well put together the research had become in the last several years. I hesitate to call it a diet because transitioning to “low carb” is really a “lifestyle change”.
While obviously I am not a doctor, I am a skeptic by nature and decided to dig deeper into the science behind it. I was quite awestruck, learning about the linkage between the traditional Standard American Diet (SAD) or “high carb” diet and the major diseases of the past century that have developed namely metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and many autoimmune diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
To learn more, dietdoctor.com, is one of the best consumer websites with a lot of free information to help you get started on LCHF (plus an inexpensive paid subscription, if you want to really go deep into the subject).
Today, I received an email that the documentary called “ Carb Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat, is now free to watch on youtube. It’s about 75 minutes long and I really believe it will make you stop and think about what you are putting in your mouth and what you might want to do about it. I also won’t be surprised if you get quite angry that this information has been hidden from consumers by the sugar industry and our western governments.
So, just over six weeks ago (September 14, 2016), I decided to conduct an experiment (N=2, meaning my girlfriend and I) and implement the “LCHF” diet and am amazed at the results. My weight loss has been effortless (without any additional exercise) and I have a lot more energy than before…and no more feeling sleepy after lunch (due to NO insulin spike compared to the SAD diet). Something that I was totally skeptical about was the fact that you will lose “cravings” but I have found exactly that. There is a wide variety of foods that you can eat but at this point, I am limiting my carb intake to 20 grams of net carbs per day. I use the MyFitnessPal app on my smartphone to track my progress.
I could go on and on about the research, so just consider watching the video and be a skeptic. I was! Let me know what you think.
ps..I have put together a list of other articles, experts in the field and general information that goes far deeper into the subject. If you are interested in the list, drop me a line.
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