Artificial Sweeteners Don’t Reduce Calories

There was a recent article in the news about how artificial sugars don’t work for as a diet aid. Forget that the artificial ones are deadly toxic and practically guaranteed to kill you, but now the thing they are designed for, reducing calories, doesn’t actually happen.

Here’s the story. When you taste sweet your body prepares for a fast influx of calories. When it doesn’t happen there is a deficit in expected calories. The body’s chemistry got to producing the necessary hormones to deal with something sweet. When it doesn’t come a deficit occurs.

Thousands of years ago our ancestors survival depended on the craving for sweets. They had to eat plenty of calories in the form of fruit at the end of the growing season to survive the winter. If they didn’t crave sweets they didn’t survive. We all crave sweets.

Furthermore, once you start eating sweet things your body’s chemistry changes radically. This has been shown to happen to all animals that produce insulin, which is most of them. It takes many months of not eating sugar for this to slowly start to reverse.

To continue, your body thinks it’s going to get a lot of calories really fast. When that doesn’t happen, the various chemicals that were released to deal with the sugar are still waiting for the sugar. Consequently, you will feel hungry later and consume about the same amount of calories that the sugar substitute promised.

The best thing to do in this modern world is to quit sugar all together. The cravings do go away after awhile, usually within a month to six weeks. In this modern world with plenty of food we no longer need to fatten up.

Stopping sugar isn’t very easy as most people know. It takes iron discipline and perhaps a little biochemical help.

Plenty of animal protein helps. This can be eggs, animal flesh or dairy (I don’t recommend dairy for most people, but a high quality whey protein works fine). B vitamins particularly inosotol, and the herb gymnea also help with the cravings.

I also avoid all grains, but that isn’t necessary for most people. Simply limiting grains is fine for most people thought our ancient ancestors (100,000 thousand plus years ago) didn’t eat them at all.

The best diet is obviously the one we were eating while evolving, the Paleolithic diet. The modern world makes the things we crave available at a rate that is way beyond need. In fact, we don’t need any of the modern packaged foods, we just enjoy them. Enjoyment is fine, but with moderation for our health.

Natural sugars in whole fruits like our ancient ancestors ate are the best. Again balance is important, They didn’t sit around eating dried fruit all the time, otherwise obesity would have been the norm rather than becoming the norm.

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Hello and welcome to my blog! There are several reasons I decided to start writing a blog on natural self-healing. The main thing I want to do is to share information on health and healing so that people can take action to heal themselves using natural techniques. I have met so many people who couldn't afford natural health care. They may have had health insurance, but they didn't trust that model. Many people want to know how to be healthy naturally. They want to know what really works and what doesn't. They want to be health conscious and often fail because of poor information, lack of knowledge, bad science and other factors. This blog is intended to help demystify the body and its various functions and to help people understand what is really needed to obtain optimum health. One of the great things about knowledge of the body is that once you know and understand how it works it becomes easy to know what the right things to do for it. And, it is much easier to do the right things when the consequences of the wrong things are fully understood. To do this I will be drawing from the knowledge of many people that I have learned from. I will talk about biochemistry relating that to what is needed to obtain optimum health. There will be information about the physical structure of the body and how to keep that aligned and functioning well. A major part of yoga has to do with health, so information about yogic techniques will be included. Mental and emotional health are important for the health of the body/mind, so articles about these topics will be included. And, there will be an occasional article about me and what I am up to. Hopefully I can relate that back to some health issue as well. The title Self Adjusting Technique comes from my technique for self-adjusting the structural part of the body, that is adjusting the body's various vertebrae and joints. For this blog it will include the idea of how to adjust health issues for yourself and those you care about. With a little knowledge there is a lot people can do to help heal themselves and stay healthy. I want to explain complex information about the body in a way that is easy to understand and useful. The comments section will help in that goal as people can ask for clarification if there is something they don't understand. And maybe we can get some helpful input from people smarter than me that will benefit us all. I hope you find information that can help you with your health issues. Kalidasa

5 comments… add one
  • Weight Loss Aug 2, 2008, 1:16 am

    Great post, sugar has also been know as the “white death” around here. By and large sugar and refined carbs are the reason we are a sick people.

  • Kalidasa Aug 5, 2008, 7:11 pm

    You are so right! I can do anything I want…as long as I keep away from “white death.” Even a little cheat and I need supplements to bring me back to balance. Now it seems that artificial sweeteners are “white death” too, in their own way. I haven’t figured out if that is the case with Agave nectar, xylotol or stevia yet though. From the biochemistry though I’m not hopeful.

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