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Video Blog - Managing the Munchies at Work!

>> Saturday, May 21, 2011

In this video blog, Dr Sue reviews simple tricks to help manage hunger during a long day at the office. Consider baking some chicken breasts on the weekend, which can then be taken to work each day and eaten in various healthy ways for lunch. Bring Ziploc bags packed with healthy greens and store them in the fridge at the office (celery and carrots can make it for a number of hours outside of the fridge)! 100 calorie packs of snacks are available in many varieties at the grocery store as well. Diet pop or sugar free candy is good to have on hand to fight off a craving for sweets!

Dr Sue Pedersen © 2011

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Kathi August 22, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

I am amazed you recommend diet soda and 100 calorie snack packs as a snack source. Both have been proven to be detrimental to attempts at losing weight.

Artificial sweeteners, other than not being good for you anyway because of their chemical source, is an indicator for weight gain, not weight loss. I spent the last 10 years on that merry-go-round of receiving higher and higher insulin doses, thus more and more weight gain and all because of always using 100 calorie packs and water only, carb control every meal and snack plus exercise. I was down to what else am I supposed to do because I'm still gaining weight, raising my insulin doses and getting more and more complications from my diabetes.

I finally switched to a no chemical diet, whole foods only, and in just 4 months now I am already 38 lbs. lighter. I finally get to eat normal meals -real food- and I lose weight. My insulin doses every day have plummeted they are getting so low. Often I skip my shots because I am in the right range now without them. I have waited 57 years of my life trying to find something that works and this does.

Forget all that junk from food processing (chemicals, dyes, GMO's, artificial sweeteners, sugar, growth hormones and on and on) and just eat food the way mother nature intended it and you don't even have to try to lose weight - you just will anyway.

Dr. Sue Pedersen August 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

Dear Kathi,

Thank you so much for your comments. First and foremost - a sincere congratulations to you on your fantastic weight loss success, decreasing insulin needs, and your enjoyment of wholesome foods to get you there!! This is truly fantastic.

It would be ideal if everyone could lose weight in this fashion, but the reality is that it is very difficult for most people to avoid highly refined, high carb/sugar foods, and the high sugar/carb content of the typical diet remains one of the biggest barriers to successful weight loss in our society.

So, while I wholeheartedly agree with you that eating wholesome foods and avoiding chemicals would be best, for most people, it is not practical. It is for this reason that I think using 100 calorie snack portions as a guide, and using sweeteners instead of added sugar in some circumstances may be preferable.

I agree that it has been controversial whether sweeteners promote weight gain or weight loss. It has even been suggested that sweeteners could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, rather than decrease the risk.

The studies that have suggested that sweeteners cause weight gain most likely found this association because people who struggle most with their weight gain are more likely to use sweeteners in an attempt to keep weight off (in other words, weight struggles lead to increasing sweetener use, rather than the reverse). There is active study ongoing in this area.

The same confounding issues probably hold true for diabetes risk: here is a link to a study that shows that the link between sweetened beverage consumption and diabetes in men was explained largely by health status, previous weight change, dieting, and body mass index.

I am not aware of literature to support that using 100 calorie snack quantities is detrimental to weight loss attempts, and I would be grateful if you could share those references with me so that I can review them.

I would suggest to you, as for everyone else, to discuss your specific health situation with your physician to determine which approach is best for you in order to achieve optimum health.

All the best, and congratulations again on your successes!!

Dr Sue :)


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