Sugar vs HFCS: The Worst Cause of Obesity

Anybody who wants to lose weight knows they need to cut back on their sugar intake because it’s just empty calories. But what about High Fructose Corn Syrup (Starch) HFCS, sugar’s evil twin?

high fructose corn syrup dangersIn this post, I’m going to say what I think about the uncanny correlation of the rise in obesity to the rise in food and drinks products that have HFCS as their main sweetening ingredient instead of old fashioned sugar (sucrose) over the last few decades. Now I know I won’t get a lot of “experts” want to agree with me because doctors and medical experts are running scared of the immense power of the big bad food industry.

Politicians won’t likely agree with me either, probably because their very existence on the political stage has some relation to the lobbying power of the food industry. And of course the food industry itself will almost definitely pooh pooh the very idea that HFCS has anything to do with making people get fat, fatter, obese.

How to Lose Weight Now

So now we’ve got the controversy said and out in the open, here’s what I think – or more precisely, what I know.

If you really want to lose weight and get back to the shape and size that your body is supposed to be according to your skeletal structure and genetic makeup, you really need to do three things.

  1. Stop eating and drinking products that contain HFCS
  2. Start exercising every day
  3. Start drinking enough plain water to keep your body correctly hydrated

Oh and one other thing. Eat only fresh, wholesome foods that you prepare and cook yourself (or get your mom to do it for you). I mean lots of fresh vegetables, lean meat and fish if you’re not vegetarian or vegan and include a sensible portion of healthy nuts, seeds and legumes with some healthy oils (extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil).

As long as you aim for moderation in the portion sizes of the meals you eat and simply do not drink any drinks that are flavored and sweetened (whether they have sugar or sugar substitutes) and you do some light exercise every day, you will amaze yourself and your friends as the pounds start to drop off as if by magic.

Easy It Is NOT!

Now I’m not saying this is some kind of easy solution that no one ever thought of before. It most certainly is NOT easy to lose weight you put on over a long period of time.

But it is possible to lose it anyway as long as you make the conscious decision to stop pumping your poor body full of man made additives and poisons and that includes HFCS, sugar and its substitutes and artificial sweeteners. Here’s why.

Chances are, the majority of the excess weight you’re carrying around with you is made up of visceral fat. That’s the kind of abdominal fat (or belly fat) that plenty of medical experts will tell you is potentially dangerous to your health and very difficult to shift once it’s there.

Visceral fat acts like it has a mind of its own.

Bad Fat!

This kind of bad fat is produced when the body can’t use up excess sugars through exercise (muscle work) or – and here’s the kicker – it doesn’t know what else to do with what just passed through your stomach. Yep, you read that right.

I’ll try and explain this in as down to earth terms as I can, so excuse me if it doesn’t sound quite as scientific as it probably should.

When the liver, which as part of its many functions processes sugars and turns them into glucose to fuel the muscles, encounters a sugary substance it doesn’t know what to do with, it turns it all into visceral fat cells. Since the body doesn’t know what to do with foods that are laced with certain powerful pesticides or is genetically modified, as is the case with corn and by association, anything with HFCS as its sweetener, the liver can’t metabolize them into glucose.

So instead it just turns them directly into visceral (adipose) fat cells. These cells are what the body deposits in the abdomen, around major organs and the small intestines.

Very Bad Fat!

Visceral fat cells when they get together in large quantities, as happens when a person becomes obese, start causing havoc in the body. They really do seem to have developed a kind of sentience because once they’re there, they start exuding hormones to stop the body getting rid of them!

There are a number of hormones and chemicals these cells produce in an apparent effort to ensure their own survival as virtual parasites in the human abdomen. The list of problems they can cause is longer and nastier than many people realize.

Visceral fat is now known to be in part or wholly responsible for the creation of cancerous cells forming in various parts of the body. They are linked with type 2 diabetes and a number of weight related diseases. They even trick the body into craving high sugar foods in order to feed them and make more of themselves!

Did you ever wonder why as you gain weight you seem to want to eat more and then gain even more weight?

Now you know the answer!

Think LEAN!

Following on from what you just learned, the natural and obvious answer is to reduce the volume of visceral fat in your abdomen. You can’t do that quickly but you can do it slowly and methodically.

As I already said above, you need to cut out all foods and drinks with HFCS as well as other sugars and artificial sugar substitutes from your diet. You need to get tough with yourself here. Put your foot down and mean it when you say you want to lose weight!

Stop making empty promises to yourself. Really mean what you mean and do what you say you’re going to do!

It’s the only way to fight back against those insidious little fat cells growing away happily inside your insides and stop them in their tracks. Hit back by starving their evil little plans to ultimately kill you by not giving them the nourishment they want.

Sure you can try the easy way by going on nice, convenient diet programs like Nutrisystem or Medifast for example. But while they can help to a certain extent, the best way to win is to get tough and eat the right foods in the first place. All the time.

I don’t apologize for sounding a little hardass in this article. I’m quite serious about this. I can see what is happening in food and the way people are eating under the misinformation and trickery of food labels that make you believe something is healthier than it really is.

It’s time you saw it too and took action to get your health back!


The Potency of Visualizing Weight Loss Success

There is a huge benefit to using every trick in the book to stay motivated to succeed in your weight loss strategy and achieve your own goals. One such trick is to make full use of images to help you to keep on the straight and narrow path that leads to your success.

Images can be powerful when used to help motivate a person to stick to their chosen program or strategy. This article takes a look at how it works and how this can be used to great advantage for your own slimming program.

What Kind of Images

The first thing you need to be aware of is the kind of images that will motivate you to keep up with your own methods, as well as those that can actually hold you back. It doesn’t matter what kind of weight loss strategy you are employing, whether it be a fitness regime or a diet program such as Nutrisystem, Medifast, the Dukan Diet or a customized diet sheet you got from a nutritionist.

You need to aim for what will make you feel good and be in the frame of mind to win. It might sound obvious, but the kind of pictures that are positive in nature will spur you onward to success while negative ones will reign you in.

But What is Positive and What is Negative?

Positive images are ones that not only make you feel good when you look at them, but they have the effect of impressing your subconscious mind with the advantages of having already achieved the success you desire. So a picture of a nice looking, slim person with a relatively fit, toned figure looking back at you from your fridge door is positive.

A negative image is one that makes you feel bad and impresses the subconscious with failure and the “I can’t do it” attitude. So a picture of a fat person staring at you from your fridge door is actually negative. Even when you think it might remind you of what you are trying not to be any more.

Success is a state of mind and when that mind is in a positive state, you will succeed.

Fat vs Thin

But why, you might ask does this work? The simple answer is that you need to impress your mind with the successful outcome you are trying to achieve to get the full motivational power of the image.

You should always focus on what you want and never focus on what you don’t want! Focusing on what you don’t want (in this instance, being a fat person), all you do is impress you mind with looking and feeling fat. That can destroy your self esteem, wreck your confidence and dissolve your motivation to work toward that which you do want!

It cannot be stressed enough that if you are determined enough to lose weight, then you will do so through your own commitment and by sticking to the basics before trying out all the extra stuff that can often clutter up any straight forward and working plan of action.

So use positive images and you will amaze yourself at how they can help you achieve what you set out to achieve.

Do Not Fail Yourself!

Failing to lose weight on whatever strategy you have chosen to work with can be pretty soul destroying, never mind a costly mistake in some cases. But how much of that failure can you really and truly attribute to a diet or your strategy itself and how much of the blame do you honestly think lies with you?

You only have to read up on some of the complaints from failed dieters that proliferate the Internet to see that there is no one diet solution that is easy and foolproof. Many would very easily work for most people who stick to their guns, but too many look for excuses to quit, whether it be conscious or not.

In fact, one could speculate as to the real reason those who do not succeed end up complaining loudly that this or that diet failed them as being more likely that they were the ones who failed the diet and not the other way around. They ingrain negative images in their minds of failing and then they go right ahead and fail!

Turn Failure into Success

This goes for just about any of the major diet solutions that are around today. While the majority of dieters will lose weight with their chosen diet companies or programs, most of them tend to keep quiet about their success. After all, you lost weight and now you’re enjoying wearing those great clothes, so what’s there to shout about?

On the flip side, the ones that failed to lose weight are prone to make a noise about it, especially if they themselves had a hand in that failure by not adhering to the diet one hundred percent. The reason for that is because they would rather make a noise and blame the diet for their failure than admit they cheated or didn’t follow the diet’s instructions to the letter!

Don’t be one of those failures!

You can stamp out failure by replacing it with faith in yourself and your ability to succeed if you really are determined to succeed. Faith is the opposite of failure and where faith is strong, failure just can’t get a look in!

As long as you go into whatever strategy you have chosen with strong faith in yourself as a success and visualize that success in your mind every day, you’ll win. Stay determined and persistent in striving for the win, stick to the diet or whatever plan you’re using and you might just surprise yourself at what you really can achieve when you really want to and really pit your heart and soul into it!


Weight Loss: Is it All a State of Mind?

You’ve probably heard it said that successfully losing weight is really all in the state of mind of the slimmer. How true is that and how does that even work?

One aspect of succeeding in the process of losing those unwanted extra pounds is to have the right mental attitude towards it. With a positive and motivated state of mind, you can achieve far more than without it. It could be seen as one of the less used but more powerful of the techniques that a person can be given because the mind is such a powerful tool when used correctly.

So this article takes a look at how you can switch your mental state from a debilitating, predominantly negative and downwards facing aspect to a predominantly positive and upward facing one.

Are You Negative?

The first thing that you must face is what is causing you to be negative, if you actually are. Often, we don’t even think about our mental state because it has become second nature through a long period of being and we simply don’t even realize that we are being negative.

But the signs are there for anyone who cares to look. It all has to do with the mental conversations that you have with yourself throughout the day and how they are gauged. Here are a couple of real life examples.

Do you find yourself looking at a traffic jam and thinking how bad it is and that someone should do something about it? Or do you see workmen digging up the road in the same spot they were digging it up just a few weeks ago and think to yourself that this is a terrible waste of resources and all the problems it must be causing?

Or do you see a panhandler in the street and think to yourself how terrible society must be to allow this to even happen? Well, all those things are negative!

A Shift in Your Perception

Instead of viewing the bad in what is going on around you, you need to make a shift in perception and start seeing the good in things. This is positive and will bring you some rather amazing results when you stick to them.

So now the panhandler takes on a new guise. Instead of being a problem, think about how much better of he’d be if he picked himself up and got a job.

View the road works as providing those workmen with jobs so they can pay their bills and feed their families while they fix what could be a problem. Maybe the work they do will improve the drainage so next time it rains the road will be clear of dangerous, deep puddles.

Or maybe they are repairing a broken power cable and by fixing it they will be bringing light and heat to the people living in the nearby buildings. What has any of this got to do with losing weight?

A Positive Habit

Plenty. When you start to get into the habit of seeing the good in situations that you come across, you will also see the good in the prospect of going on a diet and starting an exercise plan while making use of any good information or advice that you have. This motivates you to not only get started but to stick to your plan for your own personal improvement.

This of course will result in your losing those excess pounds easily because you are going at the problem with a workable solution that you endorse wholeheartedly. One which will bring you greater success than you may have ever realized was possible.

Is Weight Something to be Lost?

Another mental aspect of the whole concept of what we like to call weight loss is that we could be going at it in completely the wrong way. There is a theory that you should stop trying to “lose weight” at all (in your mind, that is).

Why would anyone do that?

Well, we as human beings are pre-programmed with an instinctive set of behavioral rules, one of which is that if we lose something, what is the first thing we do? We go look for it, that’s what.

So if we’re thinking and internalizing the concept of losing weight, once we’ve lost it, we are going to do whatever is necessary to get it back! Sort of a nice way of explaining why a huge percentage of dieters put it all back once they quit the diet, doesn’t it!

A better way of internalizing it is to see yourself at the weight and size you want to be and focus only on that as a definite goal to be achieved and then maintained. That’s doing it with a positive outlook and by being positive we set up a line of action that we feel good about following.

So how much of this process of getting back into shape is mental and how much physical?

The best way to understand how that’s going to work out is to remember that our bodies are little more than biological machines that do what the mind tells them to do. In fact, they can ONLY do what the mind tells them to do!

So you need to be in control of your mind first and foremost before the body falls into line with what you really want. So what do you really want?

If it’s a slimmer, great looking figure, you need to get your mind into the right attitude first. Then you need to get serious about doing what ever it takes physically to bring about the result you really want.

Because if you don’t get totally serious about it and do that diet program, do those exercises and make a commitment to improve every day, how can you possibly expect to succeed? Yep. it’s all in the mind about setting into action your plan for success and when you do, the physical side of things as in your body has to follow the mind’s lead and do what it’s told.