Sugar Substitutes, Weight Loss and Your Health


 Flowers of sugar cane Artificial sweeteners, and all the promises surrounding them, play right into the false sense of reality that accompanies eating disorder thinking. You believe can eat something sweet, not take in sugar, not take in calories, satisfy your cravings and not gain weight.  But it’s not the reality.

If you have an eating disorder you put thought and energy into how to outwit your body. Your goal is to act out your eating disorder and simultaneously have the body shape you want while feeling good. To do this you avoid or deny solid information about what your body needs to thrive. You become more than vulnerable to promises to fulfill your goals. You eagerly embrace them.

*pix "Flowers of Sugar Cane

You eat and throw up or over exercise to prevent weight gain. You may take laxatives in an attempt to purge your body. You may take diet pills to inhibit your appetite, i.e. try to fool your body into not experiencing hunger. And you look for ways to eat, drink and binge without taking in any calories.

I knew a woman who drank four six packs of diet soda a day. She was bulimic and believed that as long as she was drinking the sodas, the carbonation would both satisfy and dull her taste buds, she wouldn’t binge and, because she wasn’t taking in any calories, she would lose weight.

But she continued to binge, did gain weight and also developed skin rashes and a sleep disorder.

I remember going to a large Overeaters Anonymous meeting in Los Angeles. In the parking lot, as I got out of my car, I heard many car doors slamming. I looked around and saw at least 20 women, separately striding toward the meeting room door, all carrying a can of soda in their hands. They all looked angry, as if they were each in their own private bubble of rage. From the distance I couldn’t read labels, but I felt sure that the cans all contained diet soda.

Science is bringing us more information about how human beings metabolize what goes into the body. And much that goes into the body today is not food. Sugar substitutes abound. To be governed by eating disorder thinking prevents you from examining the facts about what you are actually putting into your body because you are single-minded about tricking your body into bypassing inevitable consequences.

See the links below for information about artificial sweeteners and their effect on your weight and your health.

When you take in an artificial sweetener you get a taste of sweet in your mouth. Your brain sends the message to your body that sugar is coming. But the sugar doesn’t arrive. Your body will crave what it was promised and your sugar cravings will increase.

Heavy carbohydrates like breads, crackers, and pasta break down into sugar fast. So you may crave and eat what you think is not sugar while your body believes sugar is on the way.

This is one of the reasons artificial sweeteners cause you to gain weight. But this fact pops an eating disorder fantasy. Which must end first, the eating disorder fantasy or the artificial sweetener?

What do you think artificial sweeteners do once they are in your body?
Please share any surprises or new learning you gain from the links below.

How Artificial Sweeteners Confuse Your Body into Storing Fat and Inducing Diabetes

4 Dangerous Effects Of Artificial Sweeteners On Your Health

Artificial Sweeteners May Disrupt Body’s Blood Sugar Controls

Trying To Lose Weight? Stay Away From Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial Sweeteners: Pros, Cons and Alternatives

*pix  "Flowers of sugar cane" by Thamizhpparithi, 26 November 2013  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


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