Friday, June 8, 2012

Weight Watchers what are you thinking?

I have no idea if it is true or not, but considering the number of people I know that are on or have been on Weight Watchers I have to believe it. On their point system that they just revamped, fruit is 0 points. Say What? I couldn't believe it. Why, oh, Why when insulin is the cause of fat gain, would make something available to eat in unlimited amounts that causes increase in Blood Sugar? Another reason for me to strike Weight Watchers off my list for many more years.

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  1. I'm of the opinion that diet and exercising should be done per person. I think if Fruit is the only sugar you're intaking, at least it's sugar found in nature and not the triple bonded man-created sugar that our bodies have NO idea what to do with.

    But boy, when Steph had gestational diabetes, it was amazing to see the difference in her blood sugar after she ate a cookie and after she ate some fruit. For some reason the fruit sure made her sugar launch through the roof. Which was sad, because she enjoys fruit.

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    1. On an additional note, the cookie didn't make it go up nearly as much.

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  2. Part of why that would do that to her is the fructose. Fructose stores in the liver which really messes up the body. I know that if I had high fructose corn syrup my blood sugar would be unstable for a couple of days even with really dropping my carbs to just vegetables, and not much else.

    Fruit can be very problematic since the glycemic index can vary across the board, berries being low, and banana's high. I pretty much only ate berries, mainly raspberries, and blueberries, with regular whole milk yogurt and almonds. Even then I used 1/2 cup at most.

    My problem with weight watchers is not the fruit, but that it is unlimited. Meaning someone could eat a bunch of fruit all day and if they are like me it would hinder the weight loss. Since it doesn't count as points, they could eat more things that do and Blood sugar and insulin levels would stay high. Trust me I was on weight watchers before and fruit was never unlimited. I think it is a big, big mistake for the health of people looking to loose weight because it will not help them at all.

    I have no problem with non starchy vegetables being unlimited but fruit should be limited, and types of fruit even more so.

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  3. Dr Bernstein mentions in his book how he hasn't eaten fruit for years. Diabetes and metabolic syndrome are good reasons to avoid it. Note I said two very specific problems. An overweight person is by very nature in that metabolic syndrome cycle- although some are young and healthy and their bodies respond accordingly.

    It's a great point that if a relatively healthy person enjoys fruit as their only dessert, well then life is pretty good.
    But I too know people that eat fruit all day long, and wonder why they can't lose weight or gain... and that fructose from our now very much higher in sugar fruits doing damage with insulin levels is the reason why

    Green veggies/leafy greens deserve a 0- fruit not so much.

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  4. Yeah that makes a ton of sense. Frankly, I'm becoming anti-soda. Gas stations keep increasing the size of their drinks. They now have 80oz. Drinks and people buy them and down them! However, drinking 48oz of water is painful! I definitely think more education on drinking excess soda is needed in our nutrition classes. I'm with you guys in excess sugar being the main culprit in lack of health in our country and I believe soda is our lowest hanging fruit. Meaning, lots of people could be much more healthy with at least a reduction in the amount of soda they drink.

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    1. exactly I was telling Randy today it is always his choices as he was saying if e gets out riding a bicycle that he would want a treat maybe a drink at the gas station and I said I would much rather he went and got a frosty at wendy's or an ice cream over at the frozen custard places than a drink.

      I don't think he could believe what I was saying. Go eat an ice cream and skip the soda! By the way I told him another time what I thought was a better snack, popcorn or an apple and I said with no hesitation that the apple was far better. So He got apples. And I found him low carb Ice cream which he actually likes. He is making changes too. It isn't easy of course, but he is working at trying to understand

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  5. Absolutely, soda is horrible. Good thing for me that has never been a problem. We have the occasional one, and every now and then I want a ginger ale or something else but water is my main thing. Always has been. When I started to low carb I cut out milk and juice that do the same thing to me. Again on occasion I might have a bit of milk, or juice for that cheat time but they are a trigger for cravings for me, so I try to stay away. :)

    Oh, I realized why the cookie wouldn't have effected Steph so much. I never ate sweets with my gestational diabetes with Kendra or Abbie so I didn't think about it. A cookie is not just pure sugar. Although it is flour (high glycemic as fast as sugar) and sugar, it also will have a fat (hopefully butter), and eggs. That would be enough to slow the rise of blood sugar.

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