I know I normally post my weight on Friday, but my weigh in this morning was so exciting that I thought it deserved its own post. Last Friday I hypothesized that my stagnant weight loss might be due to the excess added sugar I had been consuming over the holidays (with the cakes and ice cream that were always around.) It wasn’t that I felt I was overeating, I typically only had one serving of dessert in a day, and I was eating sensible meals. I was also working out harder than I have since I began my journey and I felt great but I was gaining weight. This week I started a Sugar-Free Challenge and in just 2 days I have lost 7 pounds! SEVEN PONDS!
Research on Sugar
I have been reading a number of blogs about sugar over the last week and came across this article on sugar by Dr. Mark Hyman. I have previously read about some of this research in the books Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It and this article reminded me that losing weight is NOT just about the calories you eat. Our bodies are complex machines that have biochemical reactions to the foods we eat and sugar in particular triggers some very different reactions.
I decided that I needed to challenge myself to remove added sugars entirely from my diet for 5 days and started my Sugar-Free Challenge. I had taken a few days off from exercise and with traveling missed a total of 4 days in a row. After just 2 days sugar-free, my weight this morning was a new LOW at 296.5. That means I lost 7 pounds in just 2 days eating sugar-free after over 4 weeks of not losing weight! If you have been following along, in week 8 I had my first week that I gained weight. In week 9 I made a conscious effort to reduce sugar intake and lost weight, but in week 10 and week 11 I gained weight.
I love this quote from Dr. Hyman’s article:
“Lower insulin by a sugar detox, and watch your body lose weight effortlessly without hunger or cravings.”
That is definitely the result I saw! I hit the gym this morning and am feeling great so I can’t wait to see the week’s results on Friday.
Continue on to Week 12 Results:
or head back to the first post: Starting My Health Journey