Lately, it seems like more and more people are interested in losing weight…
One of the more common circumstances is people who need to lose weight in order to have some kind of surgery.
Let me give you Sandy’s story as an example. Sandy came into the clinic earlier this week because of severe left knee pain.
She’s had good results with physical therapy in the past, but unfortunately her knee pain is again worsening, and on her x-ray report her knee joint is now bone-on-bone.
Sandy visited the knee surgeon a month or so ago, and this is what she told me when she came in for her consultation:
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“The doctor tells me that my knee is bone-on-bone and that I need a total knee replacement, but he won’t do the surgery until I lose 20 pounds.”
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Sandy’s in a tough spot!
Like most people in her situation, she doesn’t feel like she’s able to lose weight, because the pain in her left knee makes it really difficult to walk or exercise.
So if she can’t exercise much, how will she lose the weight?
Before I tell you how I think Sandy can lose 20 pounds (and I think she can do it quickly if she’s dedicated), let me offer you a fair warning…
When I call this the “easiest” way to lose weight quickly, you might disagree that this strategy is easy…it might be more accurate to call it the “most natural” or “safest” way to lose weight.
This strategy doesn’t involve Sandy starving herself, nor does it require her to take any “magic weight loss” pills.
And before I tell you all about it, let me also say this: I’ve seen this strategy be extremely effective in many of my patients who tried it all on their own, without my advice.
And if you decide to give it a try, here are a couple bonuses:
Bonus #1: you won’t have to starve yourself or go hungry
Bonus #2: if you suffer from joint pain, muscle pain, low energy and fatigue, there’s a very good chance these symptoms will improve
Without further ado, here’s what I consider the best strategy for weight loss:
Dramatically cut your sugar and carbohydrate intake!
That’s it, nothing more to it! Sounds really easy, right? For some, maybe it is, and for others probably not.
Let’s go into a few details on this strategy…below are the top 3 areas Sandy can very likely cut down her sugar and carbohydrate intake levels.
Top 3 Ways to Cut the Sugar
1. Cut out sweet drinks like pop and juice
2. Stop eating sweet treats after lunch and dinner
3. Avoid eating simple carbs and grains, including break, pasta and rice
Cutting out the sweet drinks is usually the easiest and most obvious place to start. What you’re trying to avoid with this approach is too much sugar hitting your bloodstream at any given time.
And there are few things that will spike your blood sugar faster than pop and juice. Even if you drink “diet” soda, you’ll want to avoid that too (I won’t go into the details today, but just take my word for it!).
Instead, you can replace these drinks with water or some kind of tea (herbal is best so you don’t increase your caffeine intake too much).
Cutting out the sweet treats is another area where you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Like the sugary drinks, there is a ton of sugar in most desserts.
So if you’re looking to lose weight fast, plan on cutting these out too.
That last area that’s a little less obvious than the first two is avoiding eating simple carbohydrates. The most common ones are bread, pasta, rice, bagels, toast, etc.
Even if you’re eating “healthy whole grains”, these foods tend to break down rapidly into glucose in your bloodstream, which spikes your blood sugar.
And when your blood sugar spikes, your body will convert the excess glucose into triglycerides, which your fat cells will then store (adipose cells).
So that’s the name of the game: if you can dramatically reduce your sugar and carbohydrate intake over a prolonged period, there’s a very good chance you’ll lose weight.
And like I mentioned, you’ll not only look good, but you’ll probably feel good too!
I hope you find this information helpful! The video version is below 🙂