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Peg BS: It's time for weight loss! HELP!! (282* d) RE: BS: It's time for weight loss! HELP!! 15 Jan 04

this sugar craving is very common in our culture. Seinfeld even had an episode about it: Elaine was working in an office where every excuse for a cake to be served was taken advantage of: birthday, get well soon, etc. She got hooked on the afternoon sugar fix. I experienced it when I worked in an office. This is the time of day our blood sugar dips, after lunch when we all need a nap but don't usually get one. I had to cut out sugar because I am hypoglycemic and have several (slim) family members with type 1 diabetes (did not want to join them).I found having a little high-protein snack around 3 pm helped alot (like nuts, celery with peanut butter, a hunk of cheese and an apple), and a high-protein breakfast also helped prevent this as it helps establish a steady levelof blood sugar.

I am convinced one reason Atkins works so well for people to lose weight at first (though in the long run it probably has serious health risks) is that people do not make the connection between all the carbs and sugars (empty calories) they eat turning right into fat,and then dropping their blood sugar to the point where they feel hungry again soon after eating them. Also most white flour or sugar filled foods have virtually no nutritional value; so the body can't use them for anything except calories. They stop those empty calories and start eating nutrient-dense foods (flesh foods, dairy, veggies) and their hunger is satisfied. It seems to work for a real good motivational tool as it does kick-start weight loss while healthier habits cna be developed.

you make a good point regarding exercise; any activity no matter how small adds up to burning calories and thus raising the metabolism every day. Doing laundry or a half hour of gardening may not seem like much, but over the course of a day it does add up. Just as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or walking a half mile to the store for a quart of milk, will burn calories and help keep muscles toned.

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