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you ever had a particularly bad snacking day only to find yourself the
next morning promising to give-up snacky-carbs for good, cold turkey,
right now. And by noon that will-power is forgotten as you reach for the
snack of choice. And then the self-blame begins: "Why am so weak? Why
am I a failure? Why don't I have will-power?" I've lived this scenario
more times than I care to admit and I know I'm not alone.
it turns out we aren't just a bunch of weak-bellied carb-addicts. There
is a biological reason that motivates the reach for the snack: our body
has become accustomed to digesting and using processed carbs as it's
primary source of fuel. Withdrawing them cold turkey puts the metabolic
process in panic and serotonin levels drop. "You may be powerless to
resist baked goods, pasta, and their carb cousins," according to Wurtman
and Marquis in "The Serotonin Power Diet. "The reason for this
specific, very tough-to-ignore craving for carbohydrates is that your
brain is forcing you to yearn for them so that it can produce
the 5 Day Pouch Test we methodically transition from fatty
non-nutritional processed carbs to healthy complex carbohydrates found
in grains, vegetables, and fruits. The body still produces serotonin
from these carbs while benefiting from the healthy nutrients and fiber
missing from processed carbs. While some cravings for carbs are
experienced the biological trauma is not as severe as when processed
carbs are withdrawn cold turkey without providing a similar replacement
any heavily consumed food is withdrawn from the diet the body is likely
to experience symptoms of withdrawal that may include headache,
dizziness, cramping, and nausea. This is not unique to our WLS body;
this is a simple fact of biology. On the 5DPT when processed carbs are
withdrawn many people report symptoms of "carbohydrate withdrawal." Do
not suffer through this. If you notice symptoms of carbohydrate
withdrawal eat a small piece of melon, some berries, an apple or an
orange. Any low-glycemic fruit or vegetable will reduce the symptoms of
may also try a serving of Emergen-C® energy booster fizzy drink mix,
which is known to reduce the symptoms and discomfort of carbohydrate
withdrawal. In addition, Emergen-C® provides B vitamins for energy and C
vitamins for immunity along with many other vitamins and minerals. You
can count a serving of Emergen-C® as part of your daily intake of water.
Do not be put off by the 5 or 6 grams carbohydrate per serving: these
are beneficial nutrient dense big-bang-for-your-buck carbs. Enjoy!
nausea, try sipping freshly brewed warm green tea or ginger herbal tea.
You can add fresh ginger juice to further ease the symptoms of stomach
distress and nausea. If you made the Fennel & Celery Soup (page 36)
for a grumpy pouch and have some left then enjoy a 1-cup serving of this
soup. It is a known remedy to digestive discomfort and distress
resulting from dietary change.
a quarter-million people in the United States will undergo weight loss
surgery this year to arrest their morbid obesity and lose weight. In
spite of the drastic nature of gastric surgeries not all patients will
reach a healthy weight and some may eventually regain weight they lost
initially with surgery. Link to Article
You deserve to be your very best: Obesity be damned for getting in the way!