Grandma's Secret to Lose Ten Pounds Quickly
Reflecting back to a little more than a year ago my life was a mess. More than 100 pounds overweight this fiery grandma felt awful and didn’t look so “hot” either. Remembering how I felt and what I thought about myself these descriptions jumped out at me; camera shy, homebody, sick and depressed. All of those descriptions made for poor performance at work and at home. Maybe it’s time to share the fiery grandma’s secret to want to lose ten pounds quickly, what do you think?
Just starting a new home business was exciting but for some reason I couldn’t get motivated to be around others, especially people who were thinner, looked more professional and had bubbly energy that others were attracted to. I felt like I wanted to just curl up in the corner and be left alone. Who would want to be around someone who was not the picture of good health and didn’t have the energy to walk into the room? How could I build a business based on serving other people if I felt like this? How did I let this happen to me?
I discovered that being overweight affects not only our body but our mind, too. Over the years I had tried every fad diet from the shakes, to pills, to weight loss systems and exercise clubs. Sure I’d lose a few pounds and when I stopped so did the weight loss. Extra weight soon found its way literally hanging on my body as the yo-yo dieting continued the scales continued to climb. My dilemma was worsening by the day just like my mood. Depression was setting in like the fog on the bay.
Rescued by friends
We are all a product of our upbringing. Our eating and drinking habits are just that a habit. The oldest of five children I learned to eat what was put on the table, just like many other baby-boomers who were raised in this country. Most meals consisted of a piece of meat, a few vegetables and a pile of potatoes or pasta covered in gravy or sauce. Bread was always plentiful with our meal to fill the empty spot in our tummies.
As an aging baby boomer I was encouraged to clean my plate. If I were to take a poll I’d bet that you heard something similar and so it set the stage for how we eat today…we clean our plate. When my family came along of course I had to be part of setting that example, right? None of us even thought to limit the serving size on that plate, but the secret to that will come at another time.
My secret begins when a friend shared with me how to lose ten pounds in one week. Sounds pretty incredible, doesn’t it? However, it’s true and today I’m going to share that secret with you.
Ten pounds in one week
So, you want to lose ten pounds in one week, is that right? I can tell you from experience that you are not going to like what I share with you. However, if you will read this article in it’s entirety, allow the information to soak into your brain, if you’ll reason on it and you are ready to lose that unwanted fat hanging around your middle…then you are ready to lose that weight. You must change how you think about food and drink, you must change how you see yourself, and you must learn, inch by inch, how to eat to live instead of living to eat.
The secret is so simple…all you must do is STOP drinking diet soda.
Now before you go getting all upset, stomping around throwing the catalog you are holding in your hand, wait! Let me explain why diet soda is not healthy for you, why you will drop ten pounds in one week and how you can replace that sweet poison with water to cleanse and rid your body of the toxic waste just hanging onto your kidneys and in your body.
Diet soda is sweetened by an artificial sweetener called aspartame
. There are a couple things that you should know about what you are putting in your body and why it is literally killing you. Aspartame acts as a neurotoxin, which means it is poisonous to the nerves. Other neurotoxins you may be familiar with are lead, ethanol, and nitrous oxide.
Another name for aspartame is NutraSweet. This name brand originally received FDA approval for use in carbonated beverages in1983, and it still remains the most commonly used sweetener in diet soda. Remember what must happen for drugs to be approved by the FDA? They must be toxic to the body to be approved as a viable, legally prescribed drug. How are you feeling about that diet soda you are craving now?
Made from L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanyl-methyl-ester, aspartame is 200 times as sweet as sugar and contains very little calories. Once in the human body, aspartame breaks down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Methanol is a wood alcohol poison that, when heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (the human body temperature is 98.6 degrees), converts to formaldehyde. Aspartame is also an excitotoxin that builds up in the brain, and can excite brain neurons to the point of cell death. Do you still want that soda?
If you are thinking “well, Carla my diet soda is sweetened with something else, this doesn’t apply to me”. I totally understand, remember I’ve been in your shoes and thought the same things you are thinking right now. Hold on though, there’s more to the story.
Have you ever finished your soda, or even a piece of gum sweetened with aspartame and all of a sudden you find yourself with a splitting headache? Chances are it’s due to the sucralose in it. Sucralose is made from a modified sugar molecule; it’s supposed to pass through the body unabsorbed. NOT the case! This nasty little ingredient is known to be responsible for migraine headaches, gastrointestinal problems, and can increase the cravings for sugar, increase your appetite and trigger insulin release.
Have you ever noticed the more soda, coffee or tea you drink the more sensitive your teeth become? Well, there’s a reason for that. Most diet soda contains acidic chemicals and caffeine. Can you believe that soda is more acidic than the tomatoes out of your garden? It is so acidic that the minerals in your bones and teeth will begin to deplete causing you dental problems as well as other health issues like dry, sagging skin. Holy smokes, who knew?
Now to get to the reason you are reading this article for the weight loss issue related to diet soda. Studies show that diet soda has no caloric value yet it does have an impact on the body’s insulin similar to eating sugar. It has to do with the brain’s reaction to the sweet taste of the soda and believes you are eating sugar. Your pancreas then releases insulin to balance out the perceived sugar intake. YOU are messing up your whole metabolism by drinking diet soda…you must stop, NOW!
Okay, I’ll stop bashing the aspartame already. Here is what else is poisoning your body inside that festively decorated aluminum can:
- Carbonated water – Carbonated water is water that contains carbon dioxide gas.
- Artificial coloring – Phosphoric acid Artificial colorings are also called certified colors because they need to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These man-made coloring agents are cheaper and more effective for adding color compared to their natural counterparts that are derived from fruits, vegetables and minerals.
- Potassium benzoate – Potassium benzoate is a chemical preservative that is commonly added to some foods and drinks, but most notably soft drinks. Foods and soft drinks that contain potassium benzoate contain both potassium and benzoate salt. While benzoate by itself appears to be harmless, certain chemical reactions may convert it into a more harmful compound called benzene. According to the FDA, when benzoate is exposed to light and heat in the presence of vitamin C, it can be converted into benzene. Many soft drinks contain both potassium benzoate and vitamin C, resulting in residual amounts of benzene. According to the American Cancer Society, benzene is considered a carcinogen, meaning that it is thought to either cause cancer or encourage its growth.
- Citric acid – Citric acid is a weak organic acid. It is a natural preservative/conservative and is also used to add an acidic, or sour, taste to foods and soft drinks.
Remember the task the FDA is in charge of? Yes, they are in existence to deem a product, an ingredient or chemical toxic to our body. Geez, they’ve approved the benzoate in the soda as toxic…and how many six packs do we drink per day? We are killing ourselves with the pop, pop fizz, fizz of those pop-tops clicking.
STOP…don’t your families deserve better, don’t you deserve better?
So my friends the time has come for making your decision. If you are like I was it won’t be easy after all many of the ingredients in our sweet poison hold us captive, hostage and left addicted wanting more. However, if your desire to live a longer, healthier life with ten less pounds on your middle section is strong enough you can join me and many of my friends when you stop drinking what is killing you.
If this has given you food for thought, made you stop to think or you know of someone who might enjoy it please…pass this along. Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
Carla Gardiner is known as "THE Fiery Grandma" because she found new energy, endurance and youth. Her passion and purpose lies with baby boomer trends, the people she works with daily; aging men, women, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas who want to feel better, have more energy and have fun like they did when they were twenty-something. Join her for more energy, fun and profits.