This explained WHY I stopped losing weight. I've tried for years to get below 192 lbs. I started at 200 and when I cut out soda, cookies and ice cream I could drop the 8 lbs to 192 BUT NEVER GET BELOW 192. The book explains that when you STILL take in ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS that it signals the body to prepare for glucose. Now, it doesn't spike your insulin BUT when no sugars come down the throat the body goes into a craving mode. The body doesn't send the hormone signals to shut off because there was no glucose to send the signal. So, you constantly munch on stuff which is extra calories and your body-weight stays at that plateau.
The answer is that you have to cut out sugars AND sweeteners in order for your body to "normalize" and become sensitive to insulin again. We saturate ourselves with sugars and sweeteners and then wonder why we have an obesity epidemic. Getting rid of sugar was hard enough for me but when I checked for artificial sweeteners it was really surprising. My pre-workout drink powder contains sucralose as does my protein powder. I'm 73 years old and really depended on the energy boost from that workout powder. But, I threw it all out. The protein powder I felt I really needed for muscle repair after a hard workout and there wasn't THAT much sucralose in it. Over the past 4 or 5 days, I've managed to drop below the dreaded 192 to 188. Hopefully, the trend will continue as I want to get back to my high school weight of 160.
OH, NOTE THAT EATING SUGARY THINGS PROMPTS YOU TO EAT MORE SUGARY THINGS. Ever eat just ONE cookie? Of course not. That's why they sell cookies BY THE BOX and that box full disappears pretty quickly, doesn't it? Also note that the AHA recommends only 37 gms for men PER DAY. The WHO only recommends 25 gms. HOW MUCH DO YOU CONSUME?