Why Thinking About Sweets Will Make You Fatter

All food MUST be put away in the pantry. NO food can be on the counter, on your desk at work, etc...

I suggest this every time I sit down with a client and talk about making their dietary changes.

Why is this suggestion so important?

Gary Taubes writes in Why We Get Fat, "Remember, we begin secreting insulin just by thinking about eating (and particularly eating carbohydrate-rich foods and sweets), and this insulin secretion then increases within seconds of taking our first bit. It happens even before we begin to digest the meal, and before any glucose appears in the bloodstream."

What does this mean?

When you are sitting at your desk at work and you have a bowl of M&Ms sitting there, every time you look at it or think about it consciously or subconsciously, your body secretes insulin preparing for the consumption of the M&Ms. Don't forget, when your body releases insulin, Dr. William Davis writes in "Wheat Belly" a chain reaction follows: blood insulin provokes visceral fat accumulation, the body means of storing excess energy. In other words, when you see or think about foods containing sugar, you start storing fat.

What are you to do?

Make sure you have all your food put away in the pantry at your house. If you have family members who are eating sugar, flour, wheat products, make sure they have the food put away in an area of the pantry you do not normally go to. This will avoid any elevated insulin when seeing the food and temptation of eating the food. Do not have any food on display at work. When grocery shopping, walk the perimeter of the store and avoid the aisles of products containing sugar, flour, and wheat.

(Note: Just by looking at the image above, your insulin levels have elevated. Sorry! But, now you know.)


Steven Zahn

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