A top women’s health expert says simple blood-sugar tricks can end cravings and reverse age-related weight gain! Lose 22 lbs in 21 days!
When Sara Gottfried, M.D., turned 40, she discovered firsthand “just how hard the battle against extra pounds can feel as we get older,” reveals the Harvard-trained women’s health expert. With her carb cravings seeming to intensify, “I was putting extra effort into fighting my muffin top, but my clothes were still tight. And between my family and crazy work hours, I didn’t have more time to devote to my weight.” So she decided to see what science could do to help. “No one ever taught me the secrets to making my body look and feel young—but they’re out there!” insists Dr. Sara, 51, who had soon lost a size and restored her energy. She now shares her discoveries in a new book called Younger and at her California clinic, where patients routinely shed up to 22 pounds in 21 days. Here, she shares her best secrets with you!
● What you eat Dr. Sara’s diet is simple: At each sitting, fill about 75% of your plate with veggies and fruit. “Eat a rainbow of colors, including at least two pounds of veggies a day,” she urges. That translates to about six to eight cups of raw or three to four cups of cooked veggies. Round out meals with three ounces of protein (including wild-caught fish at least twice weekly); an optional serving of wholesome, glutenfree starch ( especially sweet potato and quinoa); and a generous serving of healthy fat (especially coconut oil). Snack mostly on veggies, fruit and a little dark chocolate.
● The #1 reason the diet works “Starting in our 40s, blood sugar increases by 10 points per decade”— a change that leads to cravings, increased fat storage and a host of health problems, Dr. Sara notes. Why does this happen? Most of us eat too many processed carbs, which lack nutrients to blunt bloodsugar spikes. Repeated spikes damage cells, making it increasingly hard for them to burn blood sugar for energy. So we crave more carbs to boost energy, and most of what we eat just ends up as belly fat. Worse, shards of excess sugar speed through our systems, causing dangerous inflammation from head to toe. Everything inside us becomes inflamed and nothing works quite right. Our thyroids slow, our skin sags, our immunity tanks. We start to look and feel so much older that “I call it ‘inflamm-aging,’ ” says Dr. Sara. That’s why her way of eating fills us up on foods loaded with nutrients proven to stabilize blood sugar and soothe inflammation. It also eliminates foods that can worsen inflammation, like gluten and cow’s milk. The strategy is so effective, “you can see a dramatic difference in just three days!”
● The remedy that boosts results Long used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, berberine— an extract from bright yellow plants like goldenseal and turmeric—is proven to spur the repair of damaged cells so much, it increases our ability to burn blood sugar for energy by up to 400%. “It’s more effective than prescription diabetes medication,” notes Dr. Sara. Bonus: “Berberine behaves like an antioxidant, cooling inflammation.” One small study on overweight folks found it helped ● Real world wow When Jessica Fashun, 46, signed on to help test Dr. Sara’s protocol, “I stopped having midday blood-sugar crashes and stopped wanting snacks at night,” reports the Michigan mom. “I lost 16 pounds and 12 inches over the course of a month, which included a trip to Disney World!” Then there’s California yo-yo dieter Barbara Musser, 65. After upping her veggie intake and adding berberine, she quickly shrunk from a size 14 to a 10. “I suddenly had lots of energy and no cravings or obsessive thoughts about food,” she says. “This really works!” them lose weight without even dieting! Dr. Sara recommends 300 mg.-500 mg. three times a day for eight weeks; resume after a week if you notice weight gain or sugar cravings.
AFTER “The best part was losing the belly fat that wouldn’t budge before,” says Anna. “I also have fewer wrinkles. I’m 43 and rocking it!”