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By Kathy Emiko

Beauty and health can only come from clean cells. Stop concentrating on primping, polishing, blow-drying, making up lips and lashes, yo-yo dieting etc. in the name of beauty and presentation. That is a drug store approach; it merely masks the face and body. You just cover up sickness and deterioration thus ignoring the truth about the body  how it is made and how it should be maintained. Concentrate on taking care of your body from the inside.  — Kathy Emiko

Stimulant

Social stimulants are so common in our everyday lives that we fail to see the problems they pose. They often fall under the weight loss radar but without emphasis on how they contribute to weight gain, you miss the point. Sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes are the main culprits we should pay attention if we want to achieve life-changing weight loss objectives.

SUGAR – Very omni-present!
I got a phone call from a lady who said she was diabetic and needed to know if Oolong tea could help her. I asked her if she has seen her doctor and her reply was ‘yes’. And, that she has been placed on some medications which, according to her, were not bringing the expected result. She told me that the last time she checked, her sugar level was still very high. I asked her about her diet, which is very important in treating diabetes, and she said she was asked to stay off sugar.

Now the interesting part, I asked her what she had for breakfast.

Woman: Bread and tea but I did not add sugar.
Body Perfect: What type of bread and what type of tea?
Woman: Bread now! The normal bread.

Body Perfect: White bread?
Woman: Yes, white bread.
Body Perfect: Tea?
Woman: … (she mentioned a popular cocoa beverage). But no sugar; only milk.

I could not help but scream. To her, sugar means only the white or brown substance that goes by that name. But, what she had for breakfast is an over load of sugar which, of course, will trigger her sugar level. Therefore, her medications cannot work properly.

White bread is loaded with sugar and full of starch. The beverage she had is a good drink for children. It already contains sugar and other sweet things and is certainly not for a diabetic patient. The full cream milk which she used is also loaded with sugar; so, she was already taking sugar in excess.

For her medications and Oolong tea to work well, she has to change her diet to a healthy diet. Far from being a friend for work, rest and play, sugar is one of the most toxic substances around, especially for anyone who wants to lose weight and fight disease. Keeping your blood sugar level steady is vital for weight loss and treating diabetes.

However, controlling blood sugar is easy when you understand the different effects simple and complex carbohydrates have on your body.Simple carbohydrates promote weight gain while complex carbohydrates help maintain or even loose weight.

Sugar, whether white or brown, is a simple carbohydrate. Other simple carbohydrates include fruit juices, white bread, biscuits, cakes, honey etc. Simple carbohydrates, also known as refined sugars are often hidden within “diet” or “low fat” products, so you must get label-savvy to detect them!

These simple carbohydrates are broken down and digested very quickly; they contain very few essential vitamins and minerals.

Complex carbohydrates include vegetables, whole meal bread, brown rice, palsies, whole meal pasta, sweet potato and yam. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and are packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals; all of which are helpful for life-changing weight loss.

Why is it so important to choose one type of carbohydrate over the others?
When you eat simple carbohydrate, the body’s alarm system is triggered, telling your body that there is sugar in your blood. Your body responds to this sudden rush of sugar by releasing a hormone called insulin, which brings down your blood sugar level by putting a form of sugar called glucose into your cells, where it is burnt out as energy or into your liver or muscles for storage.

Trouble is, when you eat a lot of sugar regularly, this insulin response becomes over-loaded, resulting in the sugar being more readily stored as fat. This is how eating simple carbohydrate rather than complex carbohydrate can lead to weight gain.

Unfortunately, the sugar story doesn’t end there. Every time a simple carbohydrate triggers the release of insulin in your body, your cells also react. If the pressure of sugar in your blood becomes the norm rather than an infrequent occurrence, your cells get tired of this constant demand and becomes less sensitive to insulin.

This means that glucose is not put into cells, where it can be used and burnt so, more of the sugar-foods you eat is stored as fat. To worsen matters, insulin hinders stored fat from being burnt as an energy source. IN OTHER WORDS, NOT ONLY DOES SUGAR MAKE YOU FATTER, IT WILL KEEP YOU THAT WAY!

OTHER HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SUGAR!
• Impairs your immune system: Skinny is not healthy; being genetically slim does not mean you can feed on sugar. It will reduce your immunity and make your skin full of pimples, acne and very rough.
• Leads to osteoporosis.

• Aggravates yeast problems.
• Leads to type 2 diabetes and elevates cholesterol.
• Accelerates aging process.
• It is addictive.

Social stimulants are so common in our everyday lives that we fail to see the problems they pose. They often fall under the weight loss radar but without emphasis on how they contribute to weight gain, you miss the point. Sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes are the main culprits we should pay attention if we want to achieve life-changing weight loss objectives.

SUGAR – Very omni-present!
I got a phone call from a lady who said she was diabetic and needed to know if Oolong tea could help her. I asked her if she has seen her doctor and her reply was ‘yes’. And, that she has been placed on some medications which, according to her, were not bringing the expected result. She told me that the last time she checked, her sugar level was still very high. I asked her about her diet, which is very important in treating diabetes, and she said she was asked to stay off sugar.

Now the interesting part, I asked her what she had for breakfast.

Woman: Bread and tea but I did not add sugar.
Body Perfect: What type of bread and what type of tea?
Woman: Bread now! The normal bread.

Body Perfect: White bread?
Woman: Yes, white bread.
Body Perfect: Tea?
Woman: … (she mentioned a popular cocoa beverage). But no sugar; only milk.

I could not help but scream. To her, sugar means only the white or brown substance that goes by that name. But, what she had for breakfast is an over load of sugar which, of course, will trigger her sugar level. Therefore, her medications cannot work properly.

White bread is loaded with sugar and full of starch. The beverage she had is a good drink for children. It already contains sugar and other sweet things and is certainly not for a diabetic patient. The full cream milk which she used is also loaded with sugar; so, she was already taking sugar in excess.

For her medications and Oolong tea to work well, she has to change her diet to a healthy diet. Far from being a friend for work, rest and play, sugar is one of the most toxic substances around, especially for anyone who wants to lose weight and fight disease. Keeping your blood sugar level steady is vital for weight loss and treating diabetes. However, controlling blood sugar is easy when you understand the different effects simple and complex carbohydrates have on your body.

Simple carbohydrates promote weight gain while complex carbohydrates help maintain or even loose weight.
Sugar, whether white or brown, is a simple carbohydrate. Other simple carbohydrates include fruit juices, white bread, biscuits, cakes, honey etc. Simple carbohydrates, also known as refined sugars are often hidden within “diet” or “low fat” products, so you must get label-savvy to detect them!

These simple carbohydrates are broken down and digested very quickly; they contain very few essential vitamins and minerals.

Complex carbohydrates include vegetables, whole meal bread, brown rice, palsies, whole meal pasta, sweet potato and yam. Complex carbohydrates take longer to digest and are packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals; all of which are helpful for life-changing weight loss.

Why is it so important to choose one type of carbohydrate over the others?
When you eat simple carbohydrate, the body’s alarm system is triggered, telling your body that there is sugar in your blood. Your body responds to this sudden rush of sugar by releasing a hormone called insulin, which brings down your blood sugar level by putting a form of sugar called glucose into your cells, where it is burnt out as energy or into your liver or muscles for storage.

Trouble is, when you eat a lot of sugar regularly, this insulin response becomes over-loaded, resulting in the sugar being more readily stored as fat. This is how eating simple carbohydrate rather than complex carbohydrate can lead to weight gain.

Unfortunately, the sugar story doesn’t end there. Every time a simple carbohydrate triggers the release of insulin in your body, your cells also react. If the pressure of sugar in your blood becomes the norm rather than an infrequent occurrence, your cells get tired of this constant demand and becomes less sensitive to insulin.

This means that glucose is not put into cells, where it can be used and burnt so, more of the sugar-foods you eat is stored as fat. To worsen matters, insulin hinders stored fat from being burnt as an energy source. IN OTHER WORDS, NOT ONLY DOES SUGAR MAKE YOU FATTER, IT WILL KEEP YOU THAT WAY!

OTHER HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SUGAR!
• Impairs your immune system: Skinny is not healthy; being genetically slim does not mean you can feed on sugar. It will reduce your immunity and make your skin full of pimples, acne and very rough.
• Leads to osteoporosis.
• Aggravates yeast problems.
• Leads to type 2 diabetes and elevates cholesterol.
• Accelerates aging process.
• It is addictive.


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