What happened to IQS?
Week 2 I found much the same as Week 1, it was successful and I was able to cut back my sugar intake but set two defined ‘treat days’ where I had a dessert. Week 3 you quit all sugar – this is incredibly difficult. I found it really hard to replace my snacks with things other than fruit. Fruit is easy to take to work and a good ‘pick me up’ in the afternoons. I didn’t feel satisfied with other snacks and found myself eating more carb-based foods which I found made me feel bloated and put more weight on. I didn’t want to increase the ‘good fats’ in my diet as I already regularly eat these. To be completely honest, by the end of week 4 my diet was a complete train wreck because I was so frustrated at trying to find foods which didn’t have sugar in them and then if I ate the wrong thing I would feel pathetic, say ‘what the heck!’ and eat more. The exact behaviour I encouraged against here.
So where to from here?
I don’t take this to be a failure, rather an experiment which has given me more insight into what works for me. The only ‘diet’ I have ever had success with, has been more of a well-balanced lifestyle. Carbs in the morning, salad for lunch, fruit and/or nuts, or yogurt for morning and afternoon tea and a protein and vegetable based dinner with minimal carbohydrates. Dessert or a special treat like ice-cream or chocolate is saved for 2/3 times a week and I set these times at the start of my week.
Was the IQS e-book a waste of money?
No, I am not saying don’t try IQS, it is a good diet (I’ve got friends that love it), it just wasn’t for me. Sarah gives great recipes (find one here) and I found the following facts interesting for future reference:
– Fructose, not sugar per se is the enemy. It converts directly to fat and does not have corresponding hormones which tell you when you’re full.
– A list of healthy fats to use in your diet – goats cheese, avocado, pumpkin seeds, eggs and bacon.
– Some good rules of thumb:
> Eat products with less than 3-6g of sugar per 100g or 100mls.
> And for dairy, stay under 8g of sugar per 100g or 100mls. The first 4.7g of sugar will be lactose, which is fine. Anything on top of that is added sugar.
> Drink liquids that contain no sugar only. This is because a standard drink is around 350ml, so even a few grams per 100 ml is too much.
> 4 g sugar = I tsp of sugar (total sugar intake per day should be around 7 teaspoons)
> Juice contains the same amount of fructose as coke – 10 -12 teaspoons.
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