LET’S QUIT SUGAR!
If you want to lose fat, increase your energy, and rebalance your metabolism; then I’d like to invite you to join me on a 30-Day Sugar Detox where we’ll reduce the single biggest health problem in your life: sugar.
Here are some commonly-reported benefits on this program:
- Weight loss & fat loss
- Increased energy
- Improved digestion
- Brighter eyes & glowing skin
- Reduced blood glucose
- Improved inflammation and hormonal markers
Here’s the problem: most people consume 100 to 150 lbs of sugar annually without even realizing it. This is a 300% increase over the last 100 years. Along with the rise of sugar consumption, our waistlines have expanded along with rates for every degenerative illness including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
What’s so bad about sugar? Sweet foods taste amazing and are part of every culture, but in excess, they transform from pleasure to poison. If you eat moderate amounts, like our ancestors did, you’ll be fine, but no one does. Our modern supermarkets, school cafeterias, and restaurants are all chock-full of sugary and starchy foods, so the only solution is to educate yourself and then wean yourself off the sweet stuff.
Joining the Sugar Detox doesn’t mean you can never eat chocolate cake again or never enjoy your favorite holiday sweets. The goal is to rebalance your body and put sugary foods in the category of “entertainment” not “nourishment” so you can achieve optimal health.
Why Carbs Are Such a Big Problem
There are three types of carbohydrates: sugars, starch, and fiber. Fiber is amazing, and it helps with blood sugar metabolism, so we’ll cross this one off the watch list and try to eat more of it. But let’s now take a deeper look at the sugars and starches that we need to cut back on.
Table Sugar (sucrose): This white powder usually comes from sugar cane or sugar beets. It consists of roughly 50% glucose and 50% fructose. In very small doses, about 1 teaspoon maximum, your body and brain love it; but overdue it, and your body goes into survival mode.
Fructose (fruit sugar): Years ago, it was believed that fructose was great because it didn’t impact blood sugar as much or as quickly, but it’s now believed to be the worst offender when eaten in excess. Just like with table sugar, a little fructose is just fine, healthy even, but as soon as you consume it in excess, things go bad fast.
NOTE: High fructose corn syrup gets a lot of negative attention because it’s the sweetener of choice in soft drinks, but it’s only slightly higher in fructose than table sugar. Metabolically, high fructose corn syrup and sugar area equally worrying when consumed in excess.
Starchy Foods: Starch feeds the world. Bread, rice, pasta, cookies, crackers, biscuits, and muffins are staple foods that account for as much as 80% of dietary calories. These starches break down into glucose in the body very quickly. This means that a French baguette can impact your blood sugar as much as a candy bar—and sometimes more.
Q: Does this mean all bread is bad?
A: No. As entertainment once and awhile, bread can be just fine, but just don’t try to live off it as a staple.
Q: Does this mean all fruit is bad?
A: No, fruit is great, just don’t eat too much. Fruit contains fiber, vitamins and micronutrients which are amazing, but modern fruits have been hybridized for sweetness, so we need to limit our intake to about 2 pieces of fruit per day (more accurately, less than 25 grams of total fructose).
Q: What about palm sugar, evaporated cane juice, agave, and other alternatives?
A: There are loads of “healthy” sweeteners on the market. Some have less sugar per serving, some have more. Some have less fructose, some have more. If you enjoy these sweeteners, then use them sparingly. Remember, sugars of all types are fine, the poison is in the dose. Just because you’re eating organic honey, for example, doesn’t mean you don’t need to control your intake. You do.
Q: But people have been eating this way forever, what changed?
A: That’s not true. Sugar intake has more than tripled in the last 100 years, and we’re eating more refined carbs than ever before too.
Is This Another Fad Diet?
The sugar problem is a pandemic, and it’s not a fad—it’s a real crisis. Some countries have pre-diabetes rates as high as 30% and full-blown diabetes rates as high as 10%, and sugar-related disease and illness are everywhere.
The YOGABODY approach shows you “how to eat” not “what to eat” so this approach is relevant whether you’re a busy mom in Houston, a Paleo CrossFitter in London, or a vegetarian living in Bangkok. No dogma, no -ism’s, no fat-shaming or weird tricks. These recommendations are medically-sound, extremely conservative, and they’ll deliver results very quickly.
Here’s what the Sugar Detox is not about…
- … it’s not a fad diet
- … there are no weight loss tricks or diet pills
- … no colonics or weird laxatives
- … you won’t spend two hours a day on the toilet
- … you don’t need expensive kitchen appliances
- … you don’t need to drink lemonade and chili all day
So what is it all about? The program is about learning, taking immediate action, and community support. We’ll get your carbohydrate consumption down to the moderate level right away, we’ll crank up your healthy fats, and we’ll make sure your protein levels are baselined throughout the month to curb hunger and feed lean muscle.
“But I Don’t Eat Sugar!” Yes, You Do.
Most people try to eat healthfully, so when I tell them about the global issue of excess sugar consumption, they usually say, “Oh, but I don’t eat sugar!” But they are almost always wrong. Why? Because there are hidden added sugars in just about every packaged food on the shelf. And even the starchy foods like cookies, crackers, biscuits and breads that might not have added sugar still convert into glucose in the body so they have the same effect.
Check Out These Hidden Sugars…
(250 gram serving)
up to 47 grams of sugar
5-10 grams of sugar
20+ grams of sugar
Protein / Energy Bars
40+ grams of sugar
50+ grams of carbs
(turns into sugar)
But I’m Not Diabetic!
When I show people my blood glucose monitor, the usual response is, “But I’m not diabetic! I had a checkup and my doctor says I’m fine.” I’m also not a diabetic, and my doctor also said I was fine, but he was wrong. Here’s what you need to know…
Important Truth #1 – In the same way that most adults are overweight, most adults have elevated blood sugar too (they go hand-in-hand). So “normal” or “fine” doesn’t mean anything if you compare yourself to the general, unhealthy population.
Important Truth #2 – Since almost no one is willing to make diet or lifestyle changes, doctors stop suggesting it. Your medical doctor is not negligent, he or she is just realistic. If asking people to eat more balanced doesn’t work, they try other methods like waiting it out and eventually metformin (pills) or insulin injections.
Important Truth #3 – At any clinic or hospital, most doctors and nurses are also struggling with blood sugar problems. You can see it in the excess abdominal fat they’re carrying, you can see evidence in the cafeteria food on offer, and if you simply start asking, you’ll realize this problem affects everyone. When it comes to healthy eating, sugar and excess carb are the boogieman.
How Do I Know if I Have a Sugar Problem?
The Center for Disease Control reports that 100 million Americans are pre-diabetic (CDC Report), so there’s a very good chance you’re in that category. But don’t take my word for it. Buy an at-home blood glucose monitor (shown above) at any pharmacy or one on Amazon for $10-$20.
I’ll warn you in advance, most people are shocked when they see their results, but this often serves as a wakeup call to take action—it certainly did for me. Tomorrow, when you wake up, prick your finger and take a reading.
- Blood glucose 126+ mg/dl = diabetic
- Blood glucose 100+ mg/dl = pre-diabetic / glucose intolerant
- Blood glucose 90-100 mg/dl = early warning
- Blood glucose < 90 mg/dl = healthy zone
- Blood glucose < 80 mg/dl = longevity zone