“Isobel” is in her late 50’s. In May 2010 she heard Dr Rod talking about sugar and thought reducing her own sugar and fruit intake might be a good idea. She then weighed 69kg (height 5’5” 166 cm) which gave her a BMI of 24.9, just inside the healthy weight range of 18 to 25.
Whilst she had been on many diets previously, the sugar reduction strategy appealed because:
“I wouldn’t have to make major sacrifices of any sort. I felt I could stick to this”.
Isobel had been having about 13 teaspoons of added sugar prior to May 2010, That included sweet biscuits 4, sweetened yoghurt 3, and two glasses of wine per day 6. (Alcohol is fermented sugar). The American Heart Association recommends a "prudent upper level" of 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men.
She was also eating five pieces of fruit per day. Remember there are 4 – 6 teaspoons of sugar in average sized apples, oranges and bananas.
She reduced her fruit intake to 2 pieces per day, and cut alcohol to 1 glass per day and stopped eating sweet biscuits and sweetened yoghurt.
Over the next 8 weeks she dropped 6 kg and has lost another 3 kg up to Jan 2011.
“I really notice sweet things now – they now seem almost intolerably sweet”
“Cravings I don’t get now”
“It is a way of eating rather than a diet”
“This is probably the easiest dietary change to take up”
“I exercise far better now – it is easier to run”
Over the past 7 months Isobel has started eating more meat and fish and less carbohydrate. However she attributes the major part of her weight loss to sugar reduction.
Isobel would like to lose another 2 kg to 58 kg.