Everyone told me to eat less and move more, but nobody showed me how.
Yes, I was a chubbette. By the time I turned 8, it was apparent that my good appetite wasn’t an asset anymore. No, what used to be a great way to please my Mom and get approval had turned into a problem. Thank heaven I didn’t know at that age that it would take me 35 years to figure out how to stop overeating, and five more years to work up the courage to tell my personal training clients how I did it.
Now, I’m getting ready to tell the world, or as many people as I can reach, how I got off of sugar, grains, and processed oils, and finally lost all the weight I wanted. For keeps.
In the photo, you can see a tiny fraction of the books I read on my search for a solution to my fat problem. These are just the books I kept, and these two stacks don’t even include all of the Kindle and E-Books I’ve bought over the past 5 years. I kept buying diet books, and I keep buying diet books because I’m a curious cat. I don’t just want to know that a diet works. I want to know why it works.
Even more than wanting to know why fat gets used up and sent packing, I wanted to tell my students, and anyone else I could get to listen, how to use up excess fat too.
Now, I suspect you know full well that a great body only comes with great training. You also know, that only a tiny fraction of women can eat without any thought for food quality or quantity and stay lean and vital. How many trainers have you heard say that fat loss is 80% diet?
I say it too, because I believe it’s true. Although a great exercise program can actually reduce appetite, and it will certainly build muscle, an eating strategy that satisfies and nourishes you while allowing you to shed fat is something to cheer about.
The students at my fitness studio tell me that what they value most is my honesty. They want to know what it really takes to eat for fat loss and figure goals. I’m so excited that the time is almost here to reveal Sugar Freedom.
What is Sugar Freedom? It’s exactly what I ate to get to my ideal goal weight, and stay there for 5 years and counting. I’m going to go ahead and call it a diet because it is intended to cause fat loss. I think that any eating plan that is meant to change your body should be called a diet. An eating strategy that keeps you at your desired weight should be called maintenance, and the “Lifestyle Change” that so many of us seek is found in maintenance.
The Sugar Freedom Plan starts with the Three Day Sugar Strike, which is a simple and specific, short-term diet that gets you off of sugar, grains, and processed oils by showing you how to get satisfied on nourishing, fat burning, appetite lowering foods. The Three Day Sugar Strike is going to have you feeling full, and empowered to “walk on by” when sugary, starchy foods try to get in the way of your fat loss and figure goals.
After 3 days, you will transition to the Sugar Freedom Diet, which adds back some of the foods like fruit that are eliminated on the Sugar Strike. Part of the Sugar Strike strategy is to give your taste buds a break so that naturally sweet foods like berries and carrots taste great again.
You will follow the Sugar Freedom Diet with “Occasion” or “Bonus” meals every 10 days until you reach your fat loss goal, and maintain it for 3 weeks, or longer if you wish. Occasion meals give you chance to add back foods like dark chocolate, and baked goods like muffins and pancakes made with almond and coconut flour. The idea is to give you the chance to eat super yummy foods, and see how your appetite reacts. After 10 days on Sugar Freedom, you will know what natural hunger and a normal appetite feel like, and you will be able to make an honest decision about what “bonus” foods fit in with your fat loss goals.
Finally, you will embark on the Sugar Freedom Lifestyle. The Sugar Freedom Lifestyle is personalized, as it contains all of the foods that make you healthy, vital, and dare I say beautiful, while it leaves out the foods that interfere with your satisfaction, and your life goals.
My wish for you is that Sugar Freedom will help you find the ideal way of eating that gets you your ideal body, and the energy and confidence to create your ideal lifestyle.
I guess that makes me an idealist.
So be it. If the 13 year old girl whose nickname was “Weeble” could finally reach and maintain her ideal weight after 35 years of trying, I sincerely believe that you can too. Then we can be idealists together.
Catherine Gordon A.C.E. was named Certified Turbulence Trainer of the Year for her work with her clients at Gordon Studio in Sonora, CA. She is a member of the National Weight Control Registry, and the author of The Sugar Freedom Diet. Her website is www.sugarfreedom.com.