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Old 05-03-2014, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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I saw an article the other day about "I Quit Sugar" and quite a bit within the article resonated with me.

Since March 13th, I've tried to eliminate bread, bagels and really cut down on the ice cream. Result - after almost 6 weeks - 1 big fat pound. Disappointment at its heaviest.

I'm looking for those over 50 who have had any kind of success with this. I know it's a lifestyle change and I'm really trying. It's been 3 days but I'm going to hang in at least 30 and I'm writing down how I feel and what I eat.

I also need to turn Zumba back on and buy the DIO tape. (Billy Blanks Jr)
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:23 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I saw an article the other day about "I Quit Sugar" and quite a bit within the article resonated with me.

Since March 13th, I've tried to eliminate bread, bagels and really cut down on the ice cream. Result - after almost 6 weeks - 1 big fat pound. Disappointment at its heaviest.

I'm looking for those over 50 who have had any kind of success with this. I know it's a lifestyle change and I'm really trying. It's been 3 days but I'm going to hang in at least 30 and I'm writing down how I feel and what I eat.

I also need to turn Zumba back on and buy the DIO tape. (Billy Blanks Jr)
We use stevia, agave nectar and occasionally local honey as sweeteners and are very careful about sugar content in everything we purchase.

If you want to lose weight quickly and safely, buy The 17 Day Diet and follow it. It will knock off about 10 pounds in the first 17-day cycle and go on from there painlessly and you'll not feel hungry or deprived.

We're in our late 60s.
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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No, I haven't given up sugar despite trying to off and on for about 20 years. I have reduced the amount of sugar, but I really need to get serious about it now. There are reasons beyond just weight loss why it is a good idea.

For some people, and I am one of them, the craving for sweets can be incredibly intense. It is really a serious problem. I do get no-sugar-added pies and ice cream.

I find I can be fairly well disciplined for a while, but I always fall off the wagon. Now it's literally "do or die" for me, as my last A1C was 9.4.

Of course exercise is a big part of this too. Diet is half the solution and exercise is the other half. The past year or two have been very spotty for me with regard to exercise. Time to change that as well. I can choose either life or death - it's up to me.
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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No, I haven't cut sugar out of my diet. I lost 20 lbs. in the last 6 months. How? I just cut all my portion sizes, cut out cookies at lunch, and that's about it.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Had to give up the good stuff due to becoming aType-2 diabetic, caused mostly because of a crappy diet and heredity. The weight is stable, and very slowly coming down due to not eating so much in the evenings. I'm a few more pounds than what I want, (fifteen pounds into the 'overweight' classification based on BMI numbers). When school is out at the end of the month, I'll be able to up my exercise routine.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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No way. Love sugar.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:57 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I cut sugar out a long time ago but it has crept back in.

For years I didn't even keep sugar in the house and visitors would want it in their coffee. Not so anymore. The sugar bowl is right there. I do use stevia if I'm making a smoothie or a cup of cocoa and in the rare instances that I bake something.

The sugar comes in cravings. I'll be in the drug store and feel like having a snack--I see that Hostess cupcakes are back and I buy them. Or a Kit Kat bar. Then there are the restaurants and I've lost my will power for the chocolate cake. Down at the corner of the street they sell their own fudge. I guess the problem occurs mostly when I'm out of the house and exposed to the temptations. I don't want to get diabetes or any other sugar-induced disease. Late 60s here.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:22 PM
 
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With all the links between sugar consumption and various illnesses, we cut out using sugar years ago. Many prepared foods with hidden sugars are no longer in our diets along with no store-bought breads.

Our target is less than 20lbs/year of sugar in all forms. You have to be pretty dedicated to reach this level, but the long term health results for us have justified this goal.

It does take more than just lowering one's sugar intake to lose weight. You still need to be watching the carbs (which get turned into sugars), calories, and exercise (caloric consumption) or you can still be or remain overweight.

If you can stay off/eliminate sugars from your diet for a month or so, you'll find that the cravings for it should be substantially diminished.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:37 PM
 
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No, I haven't given up sugar despite trying to off and on for about 20 years. I have reduced the amount of sugar, but I really need to get serious about it now. There are reasons beyond just weight loss why it is a good idea.

For some people, and I am one of them, the craving for sweets can be incredibly intense. It is really a serious problem. I do get no-sugar-added pies and ice cream.

I find I can be fairly well disciplined for a while, but I always fall off the wagon. Now it's literally "do or die" for me, as my last A1C was 9.4.

Of course exercise is a big part of this too. Diet is half the solution and exercise is the other half. The past year or two have been very spotty for me with regard to exercise. Time to change that as well. I can choose either life or death - it's up to me.

Ah, a fellow sugar addict. I sympathize with your A1c. I am not brave enough to reveal my last one. I do well for maybe 5 days and then find myself with some goody in hand.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I eat very little sugar. I've cut my consumption radically in the last 4 years. I also eat much less bread, no potatoes, and small servings of brown rice, rather than white. I look for reduced carb bread for the bread I do eat.

I do err though. Sometimes I have a sandwich, for instance, when I eat out. But I continually work on not eating as much carb as I used to.
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