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Dr. Helen

August 31st, 2013 - 8:27 am

Great, after eating a lowfat, sugar-free frozen yogurt last night, I learn this:

It sounds like an oxymoron but low-fat yogurt may be more fattening than you think—at least for some people under some conditions. That is just one of the counterintuitive ideas behind new research to study the effects of a physiological condition known as insulin resistance in driving weight gain and obesity. Depending on what investigators find, some pretty conventional beliefs about what ultimately is fueling the current global epidemic of obesity—calories or carbohydrates—may need a bit of readjusting.

I already know this stuff, but when I see it in print, it really hits home: I need to stop eating this junk. But I have a horrible sweet tooth. Any suggestions, other than “stop eating that junk?”

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I eat Fig Newtons, Chocolate Marshmallow Twirls, ice cream, especially with meals as a shake, with cream. Milky Ways too.

I don't gain weight. As long as I don't pig out, no problem.

I don't think a small amount of sugar is a problem, as far as weight goes. Combine it with junk carbs, though, and you got a problem.
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Stevia is a good substitute but I'm coming round to the theory that the taste of sweet has an impact as well. Since adding low-carb protein shakes (with stevia) to my low carb diet, I've stalled out but not gained. Other changes might also be adding to that.

But if sugar is your vice and you are trying to cut down. Go luxurious. When you treat yourself don't go for cheap sweets. Have some very good and usually expensive chocolate, etc. The expense adds to the inhibition and if you can only have a little, have the best. That way the sacrifice has a reward.

Go for one of the homemade Larabar recipes. Simplest is 4 cup dates, 2 cup almonds, 1/2 cup chocolate and Tbsp peanut butter. Tastes like Snickers. The dates have sugar but the fiber will keep you from going nuts and eating a lot of it. The date/almond base can used with other add-ins for other tastes, such as lime and unsweetened coconut.
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There's no solution other than reduction or abstinence if you believe the insulin-resistence theory. Photographs suggest though that you have your diet under control.

Taubes also discusses an observed correlation (no causal connection yet) between high-glycemic diets and cancer, incidentally. I care more about this than fat control, though I don't have weight issues.

For cheat days or fun I also grab an apple or some berries, and in restaurants ask for berries with heavy cream.

I used naltrexone to eliminate alcohol cravings, and it would probably work on sugar cravings. But it also eliminates or diminishes other pleasure responses from exercise and one other crucial human activity I'm not giving up, so that would seem to be destroying the village in order to save it.
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Taubes noted in one of his lectures that there is a bizarre *inverse* correlation in cigarette smoking and cancer in France. Smoking remains relatively common among educated people in France. His anecdotal surmise is the absence of gunked-up manufactured food (or, fructose) in the French diet. He said that France has the fourth-lowest rate of lung cancer in the western industrial world. I am only quoting from memory.
47 weeks ago
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Better to eat a small amount of real junk food than more fake junk food. It's harder to deny what you are doing and the fat triggers some satiety in the body. Also, just stay busy.
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I think that that's exactly right. I'd add only that eating more slowly allows your body to signal that it's had enough when you've eaten less.
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I run on a bit of a paleo diet. My recommendation is buy a bag of frozen berries. Put some in bowl and pour a bit of heavy cream over them. The cream will freeze up, but it fills in my niche for ice cream without a lot of sugar.
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The snack vending machines where I work label the 'healthy' choices with a little green leaf icon. The 'low-fat' choice is a honey bun - four ounces of refined flour and sugar. The low-carb healthy choice is fried pork rinds.

The mind reels.
47 weeks ago
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Yes, as distressing as it is, it's old news. Sugar is the problem, not fat.

I also have a sweet tooth but once I remove sugar from my diet for a few days I crave it less. Stevia is the best substitute, but honestly, once you cut sugar from your diet, smaller and smaller amounts of sweets are satisfying.

Also, my local Peachwave is kind enough to carry a no sugar version that's pretty good!
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