How’s the dieting going? Like someone said, I might not have arrived, but at least I left.
I was watching a Dr. Oz episode the other day and he had Jennifer Hudson as a guest. She was the American Idol contestant who went on to get an Emmy for her role in Dream Girls. She was overweight while on Idol and used Weight Watchers to get her weight off. She has since become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. She went from a size 16 to a size 6. She has since written a book about her life thus far. She talks about her diet journey as well. Her main motivation was she wanted to do it for herself. Her mom always said you could do whatever you made your mind up to do. Sounds like most moms.
I think I have mentioned this before. You can’t sustain a diet effort wanting to please someone else. It’s hard to sustain a diet anyway, but if you haven’t made up your mind that you are worth the effort, then you just won’t keep the diet to the goal. You have to see yourself healthy and loving life. Unless you really want to put in the effort, and it takes an effort, for your own wellbeing and satisfaction, then it just will not happen.
I got a couple of notes here on “sugar alcohol.” The term “sugar alcohol” is very misleading. Sugar alcohols get their name from their unique chemical structure, which resembles both sugar and alcohol. They are in fact, neither sugars nor alcohols. They are a type of carbohydrate that sweetens foods, but with half the calories of sugar. There are several specific types of sugar alcohols (usually ending with the letters “-ol”). When reading a food label, the following ingredients are actually sugar alcohols:
- Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
You will find them in sugar-free products. I couldn’t find the negatives that artificial sweeteners have. On the positive side, sugar alcohols contain fewer calories (1.5 – 3 calories per gram) than sugar (4 calories per gram), and they do not cause tooth decay like sugar does.
There are some negatives associated with sugar alcohols including possible bloating and diarrhea when someone eats an excessive amounts. There is also some evidence that sugar alcohols, much like fructose (natural fruit sugar) in fruit and fruit juice can cause a “laxative effect. The American Diabetes Association claims that sugar alcohols are acceptable in a moderate amount but you shouldn’t eat them to excess, which is common sense for any sugar substitute.