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The Little Black Dress Challenge Is On.

Begins January 24th

Begins January 24th

Do you know what keeps me up at night as a personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist?  This question: is it wrong to focus on appearance more than health?

The ideal figure of the past 40 years has become so thin that fitness professionals need to be cautious about chasing fashion at the expense of health, strength, and vitality.  It’s hard to live a fulfilling life when you’re walking around hungry all the time!

Still, I am so proud of the results my readers and clients have achieved during our challenges.  I asked Cherie, who did our first LBD challenge and lost 10 pounds and 13 inches in six weeks, what I should call the challenge going forward.  She said that “Little Black Dress,” was the right name because it described what she wanted: to look wonderful when dressing up.  She’s right, LBD isn’t about getting super skinny, it’s about looking your best and having confidence, not just on special occasions, but every day.

Plus, the great thing about this challenge is that you can get that tight dress, or pair of pants for the guys, out of the back of the closet, and use it as your gauge for success.  That way it doesn’t need to be all about the scale.

Now here is the best part: anyone who has purchased the Sugar Freedom program is invited to take the challenge as a free bonus!  That’s right: I will send you the new LBD meal plans, and add you to the LBD Challenge group on Facebook if you simply e-mail me with the phrase: LBD Challenge in the subject line.

All I ask is that you drop me a line describing your experience with the program at the end of the challenge.  Join me for accountability, recipes, meal plans, and the training you need to get results at home or the gym.  Training will be posted in the private Facebook group.  If you want a plan designed just for you, e-mail me: catherine@sugarfreedom.com, and I will create a plan that takes into account your equipment, skill level, and the number of days per week you have to train, for just $50.

Women and men just like you have literally lost thousands of pounds and inches with my programs, and the LBD Challenge is one of the most popular I have ever presented.  Join us to drop a size by Valentine’s Day, and 2 sizes by the end of the six week challenge.  If you have the Sugar Freedom program, it’s free!

I’m not normal. That’s why I can help.

By the time I was six years old, I had started to figure out that I was different from my slender sisters.

They were a few years older than me, and they never ever seemed to be as hungry as I was.  I almost always cleaned my plate, and asked for more, but my sisters, especially Nancy who was two years older than me, almost always had to be encouraged and cajoled to eat enough.

After I was put on my first calorie counting diet at age eight, things got worse.

I remember always being hungry, sneaking food, and getting fatter.

I remember all of the names people used to call me.  My friends and family used cute names like Chubette, Pudgeball, Weeble, and Melon Belly.  They wanted me to lose weight because they wanted me to be healthy and happy.

They also wanted me to lose weight because I embarrassed them.

I was willing anything to make the people around me proud, happy, and kind, so when I discovered that cigarettes and Dexatrim could curb my ravenous appetite I started smoking and taking diet pills almost every day.

For the next 20 years, I smoked when I was hungry, and that kept me from becoming obese.

Then, I met the love of my life and we decided to marry and have a child.  I quit smoking, became pregnant, and I started to gain weight at a shocking rate.

Years of research and study as a trainer and nutrition specialist have shown me that I was suffering from insulin resistance.  Gestational diabetes was suspected when my blood sugar rose, and I developed pregnancy induced hypertension.

Thank goodness our son was born healthy, but my weight had soared from 125 to more than 205, and after delivery it didn’t want to come off.  I took seven years of cardio and low fat dieting to get my weight down to 165: still clinically obese.

It wasn’t until I stopped trying to diet and exercise like a “normal” person that the excess fat came off for good.

Normal people seem to be able to lose fat by cutting calories and doing more exercise.  The trouble is that normal low fat foods like bananas, oatmeal, and low fat yogurt make me ravenously hungry.

Yes, you read that right.  Some of my most powerful over eating triggers are bananas, grapes, whole wheat bread, and rice cakes of all things!  No wonder I couldn’t overcome obesity for seven years, even though I was doing up to 12 hours of cardio a week!

Yes, you read that right.  Some of my most powerful over eating triggers are bananas, grapes, whole wheat bread, and rice cakes of all things!  No wonder I couldn’t overcome obesity for seven years, even though I was doing up to 12 hours of cardio a week. On top of that, the cardio wasn’t making me leaner, it was making me hungrier.

Back in 2008 everything changed.  I started doing body weight intervals, and lifting weights.   At the same time, I stopped eating sugar and grains.  I lost all the weight I wanted to, and I never gained it back.

Two years ago, I began offering fat loss challenges to my readers and clients.  Our next challenge begins on November 1st., and I want you to join me in giving up sugar and grains for six weeks.

You will receive six weeks of meal plans, including recipes, shopping lists, and troubleshooting tips.

We will also train three times per week, and we will support each other on a private Facebook page.

In addition, everyone will will receive one 20 minute coaching call each week.

Finally, if you take before and after photos, and share them with me and the private group, you will be eligible to win a $250.00 prize for the most inspiring transformation.  This will be voted on by me and the participants only.

The cost is $99.  I will send you an invoice through Paypal.com.

Simply send an e-mail to me:

catherine@sugarfreedom.com and tell me you want to join the challenge.

The average result for those who complete the challenge is a loss of ten pounds of fat.  One of my clients, Mauri C.,  lost a stunning 22 pounds in six weeks.

If you have tried “Normal” weight loss plans without getting the results you want, it’s time to work with a coach who has overcome overweight and obesity herself, while helping her clients and readers lose thousands of pounds and inches.

Proof: You have been lied to about sugar and saturated fat.

I have suspected for years that the American public has been lied to about the effects of sugar and saturated fat on health, especially heart disease.  Finally, postdoctoral fellow and researcher  Cristin E. Kearns has uncovered documents that prove that the sugar industry paid scientists to shift the blame for rising rates of heart disease from sugar to saturated fat.

Here is a quote from the article that was published in the New York Times:

“The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.

The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.

“They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper.”

I want to urge you to read the entire article, especially if you suspect that sugar has impacted your health.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/well/eat/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat.

This is about so much more than the theory that sugar consumption drives fat storage and accelerates aging.  This is about studies and government regulations that tell us to eat a certain way in order to prevent the number one cause of death in our nation: heart disease.

Yes, I cut sugar, and the grains that break down into sugar, out of my diet in order to lose weight and look younger.  I changed my diet because I want to sing and dance and look my best for as long as I possibly can.  I wrote Sugar Freedom in order to offer my solution to other people like me who couldn’t stop eating sugar and starch without eliminating it permanently.  I became a trainer and coach because I wanted to turn my cause into my livelihood.

Until I read that article, I admit that I felt some concern over studies that conflict with my experience.  There are large studies that show a correlation between eating red meat and saturated fat and shorter lifespan.  Here is my theory on that correlation:

I believe that eating saturated fat is healthy, but only in the absence of sugar, and the foods that break down into sugar.  So that means that a serving of grass fed organic beef with a side of spinach and garlic sautéed in pastured butter is incredibly healthy.  Take that beef and put it on a bun made with wheat and top it with ketchup made with sugar, and that dish isn’t healthy anymore, due to the insulin raising and inflammatory effects of the condiment and the bun.

I wish the formula for fat loss and appetite management was simpler.  It would be so easy to sell a diet that just cut sugar and not whole grains.  It would be so easy to sell a diet that told you to cheat with whatever food or drink that you wanted very week-end.  Sugar Freedom is not for the casual dieter who wants to drop a few pounds.  Pardon the drama, but for me and many of my clients, getting off of sugar and grain is a matter of life and death.

I used to be scared to share my story and my solution.

No more.

If any other diet works for you: Weight Watchers, Dukan, Ornish, that is wonderful.  Please, go ahead and try portion control and calorie restriction first.  If you absolutely have to get off of sugar and grains, then please, take the quiz on this page, try the free sample menu, and if you find that it works, join us.

catherine@sugarfreedom.com

Three Diet Fixes You Can Use Right Now

Three Diet Fixes You Can Use Right Now

1.  Find out exactly how much you are eating with www.fatsecret.com

Fat secret is a totally free, easy to use, and accurate food and calorie tracker that gives you the information you need in order to be confident that you are following your food plan correctly.  For example, if you are starting a Ketogenic diet, you need to make sure that you are eating 20 grams or less of carbohydrates a day in order to get into nutritional ketosis for the first time.

If you are training to build muscle, you may be following the advice to get one gram of protein per pound of your lean body weight.  It’s pretty hard to get the results you want if you’re guessing, so it’s always best to have an accurate tracking program.

2.  Simplify Your Menus

You don’t need to prepare elaborate meals in order to create satisfying meals that you actually want to eat.  As a matter of fact, studies show that a little less variety helps to reduce appetite.  That way you eat less automatically.  This is a strategy I have literally been using for years, and it never fails.

Here’s how:  I pick 3 proteins, 3 carbs, and 3 fats as the basis of my meals for the day.  I have even used the same foods for 3 days in a row if I absolutely have to shed fat fast.  Here is an example of a daily meal plan using this tip:

Proteins:  Eggs, Shrimp, Chicken.  Carbohydrates: Avocado, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes.  Fats: Cream, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 1/4 avocado, shrimp.

Lunch: Chicken breast, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, 1/4 avocado

Dinner: Shrimp, romaine lettuce, tomato, hard boiled egg.

Olive oil and vinegar dressing, and 1T home made mayo (made with avocado oil, 1 egg yolk, lemon juice, and cider vinegar) are included to make these meals enjoyable without over stimulating my appetite.

3. Slow Down and Chew Every Bite.

Recently, I was shocked to learn that eating too fats was a common cause of stomach bloating.  Imagine, instead of doing all those crunches that really don’t help to get you a flatter belly, you could simply slow down and enjoy your food.

Try this experiment: see what happens when you try to chew each bite 30 times.  By practicing the 30 bite technique, a healthy sewing pace of 20 per bite will become natural and normal.

My readers, clients, and I can assure you that quick fixes like these have helped us lose up to 5 pounds in three days.

If you want to simplify your workout, I highly recommend The Venus Factor plan that you can find at this link: ===>Click Here<===

I used this program to get fantastic results before I became a personal trainer.  The entire program can be done with Dumb Bells, which is a big plus if you train at home, or in a busy gym where the bar bells and the squat rack are often taken!

I hope this report was helpful, and I want you to e-mail me: catherine@sugarfreedom.com if you need tips, strategy, or coaching to help you reach your goals.

P.S.: E-mail me if you want to join the free Facebook Accountability Challenge that starts September 6th.

Three Great Reasons To Get Off Of Sugar

Here are three great reasons so get off of sugar, plus a free meal plan.

There are so many reasons to leave sugar behind, and today, I’m going to share my top three.

#1.  Eliminating sugar makes you look younger.  When I finally committed to changing my health lifestyle, it wasn’t just because I was sick of being overweight.  What really drove me nuts was being asked if I was my son’s grandmother, and being offered the senior discount, regularly, at age 43.  Within six month of going sugar free, I looked so much younger, and my skin looked so much better, that I threw out all of my foundation makeup, and many of my readers report that they have been able to do the same thing, including my sister Patty, who is 5 years older than me.  How does giving up sugar make you look younger?  When the body doesn’t have to metabolize as much glucose, it doesn’t produce as many age promoting free radicals.  Also, burning sugar causes a process called glycation, which increases the visible aging of the skin.  Here is a brief description of glycation from PubMed:

Nutrition and aging skin: sugar and glycation.
Danby FW1.
Abstract
The effect of sugars on aging skin is governed by the simple act of covalently cross-linking two collagen fibers, which renders both of them incapable of easy repair. Glucose and fructose link the amino acids present in the collagen and elastin that support the dermis, producing advanced glycation end products or “AGEs.” This process is accelerated in all body tissues when sugar is elevated and is further stimulated by ultraviolet light in the skin. The effect on vascular, renal, retinal, coronary, and cutaneous tissues is being defined, as are methods of reducing the glycation load through careful diet and use of supplements.
Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

So when you lower your sugar consumption, you can lower your visible age too.

#2.  Eliminating sugar aids weight and fat loss by reducing appetite.  I knew that getting off of sugar, and the foods that break down to glucose like grains, had a powerful effect on my appetite.  In the four years that I have spent as a Certified Personal Trainer and Transformation Coach, I have had the rewarding experience of seeing many of my clients and readers lose their cravings for sugary starchy foods.  The result?  They lost weight without experiencing the hunger and constant “food thoughts,” that are a normal feature of typical diets.  Although most formal studies on sugar have addressed the dangers of consuming too much, one major study published in the journal “Obesity,” demonstrated that  cutting sugar from children’s diets improved their health in just ten days. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21371/abstract

#3. Reducing sugar consumption improves mood.  When my readers reduce sugar in their meals, they automatically reduce processed foods.  Why?  The vast majority of foods that come in a bag or a box contain sugar.   Eliminate sugar and get rid of foods that have been shown to increase the risk of depression.  A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that, “In middle-aged participants, a processed food dietary pattern is a risk factor for CES–D depression 5 years later, whereas a whole food pattern is protective.”

The truth is that a sugar free lifestyle can make you look and feel so good that you will be too busy enjoying life to miss the junk food.  So how do you get started?  Here is a sample of the kind of menus I follow every day.  (Be sure to check with your doctor or a registered dietitian before changing your diet, especially if you have a health condition.)

Enter your e-mail in the box in the upper right hand corner to get another meal plan, recipes, and to take the sugar addiction quiz.

Want even more options for great results?  Get the Sugar Freedom System at SugarFreedom.com <===Click here!

These menus help my readers lose fat and keep it off.

These menus help my readers lose fat and keep it off.