Cutting Out Sugar

Monday, August 16, 2010 - 7:24am

A few simple tips can help you lose your sweet tooth and shed pounds.

As a cardiac care nurse Lesa Coleman knows the importance of a healthy diet, but it was her son who made her realize she needed to eat better and lose weight.

"We were going out for breakfast at IHOP. We were gonna have the pancakes, everything. He ordered a spinach and grilled chicken salad, and I said, 'Oh, you eat like that?' And he said, 'Yeah, of course. What else?'" she explains.

Coleman decided to cut refined sugar out of her diet.

She has lost 50 pounds in the process. Her husband, 40.

"We hardly eat out. We prefer to eat our own food. My husband is a good cook," Coleman says.

Cutting out sugar may seem like a difficult undertaking, but there's a simple way to get started.

"It's not that hard if you go with the nothing sweet, nothing white and stick to that," says Dr. Michael Rothkopf. "You are going to eliminate 90 percent of the foods that are basically high glycemic foods."

Instead, look for foods which have a low glycemic index.

Those foods include fruit, vegetables, foods high in protein, fish, chicken and lean meats.

Pass on the bread, baked potatoes, and starches.

Dr. Rothkopf recommends paying attention to what you eat instead of counting calories.

"Let's get nutritious food in there that, number one is gonna satisfy our appetite and number two is gonna help us burn off some of this fat," he says.

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