While catching some Food TV last week with my older son Jack (now 8 ½) a commercial came on showcasing a decadent piece of chocolate with caramel oozing out. Given that Jack loves chocolate, he was taken…until “Skinny Cow” flashed on the screen. “Really Mom? Skinny Cow? It’s more like Skinny Crap!” I couldn’t help but howl. He went on, “How is this skinny? Do people expect to lose weight when eating this stuff?” The uncensored wisdom from a child… The global “weight control” products market is estimated to reach $47 billion by 2015 according to research from Global Industry Analysis. And this includes the many fat free and sugar free products on shelves today. In fact, the market for fat replacement in food and drink is growing quickly and the food fillers look like this (because something has to replace that fat)—pectin, guar gum, gelatin, corn starch, xanthan gum, soy protein and carageenan* (not “terribly” toxic but highly processed and likely GMO). Big Food’s ultimate goal is to inexpensively limit or replace fat culprits (like saturated and unsaturated fat) without causing weight gain. But that’s not all—you can’t forget the all too often zero calorie, mostly artificial, sweeteners to replace the sugar plus the other fakes like flavor and color in deceptive decadence. Y-u-m-m-y!
I am all about real food (even a piece of 100% pure dark chocolate) and managing portions for weight loss, not fads or fake food (and when it comes to fads, they just don’t work when it comes to keeping weight off long term as per WebMD). So when introduced to Nutritionist and Foodtrainers’ founder Lauren Slayton’sThe Little Book of Thin, I was beyond ecstatic. Now a super practical weight loss guide, that is NOT a fad, to help people shed pounds. And guess what the trick is? Planning! Yes folks, if you take a little time to plan your days around food then you could perhaps lose some weight.
According to Slayton, “When you wing it, you end up with the bagel at the breakfast meeting or the candy bowl in the afternoon. Believe it or not, more diets are lost because of a hectic schedule than an extra treat.” And when it comes to diet foods, they are a Slayton No-No. “Diet foods are the smooth talkers, whispering sweet nothings but delivering disappointment.” Just like the sly Skinny Cow. In addition, this anti-dieting diva believes fat free makes you fatter!
Slayton, who will surely make you laugh as you try to lose (a good thing), offers clever tips for trimming whether at home, working, traveling, celebrating the holidays, and more. So I urge you to pick up a copy if you need or want to shed some skin. And you can do so here.
*Carageenan has been linked to cancer