Melinda lost 50kg doing my I Quit Sugar program…

* This post has been updated.

You can read more about this below… Meantime, over this New Year shutdown period, I’ve come across a few reads and things that you might be interested in if you’re thinking of quitting sugar. Momentum is building, more and more people are working out that sugar is the missing link in their weightloss woes, and more and more scientists – reluctantly! – are confirming that sugar is toxic and causes many of our health issues.

US sugar consumption...Australia is much the same.
US sugar consumption…Australia is much the same.

This UK study finds giving up sugar can take 20 years off your looks…”results in weeks”. Take a look at it.

For the first time, a direct link has been established between the amount of sugar circulating in the blood and how old a person looks….They found that those with higher blood sugar looked older than those with lower blood sugar. In fact for every 1mm/litre increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of that person rose by five months.

I found it interesting the study was done in conjunction with a cosmetic company, given this quote from one of the scientists:

There is no point in spending lots of money on expensive skin creams if you are eating a diet high in sugar,’ says Dr Aamer Khan, a cosmetic dermatologist who is also medical director of the Harley Street Skin Clinic. ‘Yes, you can protect and moisturise your skin from the outside with creams, but you need to feed and stimulate the growth of good strong skin cells from inside too and sugar will sabotage that.’

This review of Dr Lustig’s new book (stay tuned for mine!) shares news that should come as a relief to many: sugar tricks our brains to overeat and get fat. It’s not about weakness of will.

It is, he says, a hormonal issue, triggered by eating too much sugar.

He points the finger of blame at the hormone leptin, which acts like an appetite thermostat.

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