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President Taft Lost 60 Pounds on a Low Carb Diet: Then He Gained It Back.

 

1381640643000-uscp-taftI was fascinated last week when I read reporter Nanci Hellmich’s article in USA Today covering the fact that US President Taft had lost 60 pounds on a low carb diet back in the early 1900s.  She wrote,

“President William Howard Taft, the country’s heaviest commander in chief and a high-profile yo-yo dieter in his day, lost 60 pounds in the early 1900s on a low-carb diet with the help of a diet doctor.

Dozens of letters between Taft and his English physician provide “a detailed look at patient care for obesity during this time,” says historian Deborah Levine, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Providence (R.I.) College and author of an article, out Monday, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. She says that although the letters have been available for years, she believes this is the first time they have been analyzed. “People today may be surprised that patients were seeking care for obesity as early as the beginning of the 20th century.”

The article was of special interest to me because we know from the history books that Taft gained all of that weight back, and more.

If you read my most recent post, you won’t be surprised when I say that Taft’s problem was that he didn’t, or couldn’t,  stay on his physician’s version of the low carb diet.  If you find an eating strategy that works for fat loss, it is my experience that you will need to stick to that strategy in order to keep the excess fat off.

The question I want to answer is why President Taft couldn’t stay on the diet.  In the article, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/14/president-taft-low-carb-diet/2962131/, I read that Taft was instructed to eat lean meat and gluten free biscuits.  I can’t help thinking that if he had been allowed more fat, and if he had eliminated grains instead of just gluten, he might have been able to break free of the cravings that were driving his appetite.

It must take incredible strength of will to get elected President and lead a nation.  We all know people who are amazing in their energy, productivity, and generosity who have not been able to shed the fat they wanted to and keep it off.

Ultimately, the answer to permanent fat loss lies in the ability to manage the hunger and appetite that drives your eating behavior.  By eliminating sugar, grains, and processed oils from my eating plan, I have finally soothed the savage beast that was my appetite from childhood all the way though my early 40s.

Today, I continue to craft the the last few elements of The Sugar Freedom Diet in order to make it ready to release to the public.  I am so excited and hopeful that in writing this plan, I will be able to offer a solution to the problem of overwhelming appetite, and free my readers to live the way they want to: healthy, slender on their own terms, and full of the energy they need to run a household, a business, or even a country!

Why Do Dieters Gain the Weight Back?

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This past week has taught me the answer to a vital question,

“Why do so many dieters lose weight, only to gain it back?”

Answer?

We find what works, lose weight, (or release fat as I like to say) and then we stop doing it.

I actually do believe in the effectiveness of diets. A diet, in my practice, is a specific program meant to reduce weight or body fat level.

Dieting is what I do when I am actively seeking physical change through eating. When my goal is reached, dieting ends, and maintenance begins.
What I am trying to teach in my work is that maintenance is simply an enhanced and expanded version of the Diet that enabled you to reach your goal.

Too many people completely abandon their effective eating strategy once their goal is reached.

Here is where the confusion starts- Fat Loss and Weight loss aren’t the “Lifestyle” that so many people hold as the Holy Grail of Fitness. Maintenance is the lifestyle.
Maintenance, and thus the lifestyle, begins when the goal is reached.

My secret is to spend some time in maintenance after the achievement of each meaningful goal, experience the peace of stability, and then press on.

Very soon, The Sugar Freedom Diet will be available on this website.  Tomorrow is the Photo shoot to reveal the evidence that what I did more than five years ago to finally overcome obesity is still working.

The Sugar Freedom Diet has two phases:  The Three Day Sugar Strike, and The Sugar Freedom Diet.  I wrote Sugar Freedom because, back when I was starting my fat loss journey, I was desperately seeking examples of  middle aged women like me who had accomplished what I wanted to accomplish.  I found that there were plenty of role models who were more than happy to share their training strategies, but I had a hard time finding anyone who could answer this question,

“What, exactly, did you eat to lose all that weight?”

Here, at Sugar Freedom.com I will answer that question, along with the incredibly important follow up:  “What do you eat to keep it off?”  Just as important is the awareness that what I choose to eat today doesn’t just satisfy my appetite: It is literally the fuel for my dreams.

There are plenty of experts and successful dieters today who will tell you to cut sugar out of your diet inorder to lose weight.  With Sugar Freedom, I will do my very best to show you how, with all of the honesty and clarity I can muster.

Here is an example.  My go to Sugar Strike breakfast is two local, pastured eggs, 2 slices of local uncured bacon, and mixed vegetables sauteed in coconut oil.  I like to season my vegetables with turmeric, ginger, and iodized sea salt.  I always make extra vegetables to serve with lunch or dinner.  This breakfast keeps me full, and full of energy until noon, when I thoroughly enjoy my lunch.  Eating Sugar Freedom style helps me find the balance between enjoying my food, and obsessively craving it.

Back when I first reached my goal, I hoped that I could find a way to go back to eating the trigger foods I used to crave.  Now I understand that that way is closed to me if I want to maintain my weight for good.  That’s just fine: It really is because my life is fuller without them.

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