Low Carb Hero’s Weight Loss Philosophy – Part 2
Unveil The Lie, Reveal Your Master.
There may be a range of serious health issues that affect a relatively small percentage of us, but let’s be totally clear; the vast majority of us do not fall into that category (despite how hard some of us try to pretend we do). In actual fact, the vast majority of us are actually ‘addicts’.
Yes… Let me say that again. We are ‘addicted’. Some of you may feel genuinely bewildered by this statement. You may have images of chain smokers, out of control drunks or even drug fiends in your mind. Just as I did when I first considered this idea, you may be thinking “No way, that’s not me”, but I’d urge you to take a step back and look at your life from a different angle. Please allow me to make my case.
At some point in your lives you may have been told you were greedy, you may have been called lazy, you may have been told you don’t exercise enough, you may have been called an ’emotional eater’. But the amazing truth is these things are NOT the reasons why you are obese, they are in fact the symptoms.
All of the above ( and more ) are the symptoms of sugar addiction. Scientifically proven to be 10x more addictive than crack cocaine, a substance so incredibly toxic to your system that it is probably the biggest cause of ( or at the very least a major factor in ) countless major diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more.
The marketing for sugar and carbs have been so finely crafted over the last fifty years that the real information is obfuscated by all the noise. The short version is sugar is a powerful drug, once consumed it causes spikes in your blood sugar levels which can cause evolutionarily powerful cravings which overpower your own rational thought processes to consume more sugar. It essentially triggers the survival instinct and your mind switches to autopilot. Why? Your body literally thinks it’s fighting for survival as when your blood sugar rises after consuming vast amounts of carbs, it has to fall just as sharply as it had risen!
Remember being called greedy? Well, what goes up must come down! During a sugar crash you are literally fighting the chemicals in your own head if you try to resist the sugar fix. It’s not quite as simple as wanting to stuff a donut in your mouth, it’s more like your brain is urging you to do it!
Remember being called lazy? When the sugar spike crashes, your energy levels deplete and your blood sugar hits powerful lows that can even knock you out in extreme cases. You think you’re going to go for a run after a sugar crash? Forget it.
Remember being called an “emotional eater”? They were wrong. It’s not your emotions, it’s your survival instinct being hijacked by the foreign invader – sugar. You are literally in a cycle (most of the time unknown to the addict), of chasing after your next sugar fix.
… Put in those terms, a pattern starts to emerge. A clear cycle of a person who has become addicted.
Most of us understand the cycle of a smoker addicted to cigarettes, the cycle of an alcoholic addicted to alcohol, and the cycle of a drug addict uncontrollably chasing their drug of choice. We view these as negative lifestyle choices, they are self destructive and they always involve a master and a slave. Yet in the mainstream realm of nutrition and food, sugar is seldom described in terms of being an addictive drug – despite the mountains of scientific evidence that exist.
If you really want to be free of your addiction, you must first view yourself as a slave tied to a master. If you can finally start to visualise that, congratulations. You have unveiled your enemy and taken your first step. Your battle against sugar starts here.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.“
– Sun Tzu, The Art of War.