April 5, 2017

How I lost 18 pounds last one month without dieting or going to gym

Happy Wednesday lovelies,
Hope, you are having a great week so far. You may remember I made some major changes in my life before New Year and started living a healthier lifestyle (in case you missed it, you can read about it in this post: My Different New Year 2017) .
   
Disclaimer:  The content of this post is not intended to be a medical advice or nutrition advice. Please, keep in mind that it is my personal story that is based on my own experience and it can't represent any medical /nutritious suggestions, also, it can't  garantee you that you will loose weight by quitting sweet. 

How I stopped eating sweet?

After stopped smoking, and forever gave up coffee (that I was absolutely addicted to) I was feeling so much better but it was not enough. Those pounds that I gained after my pregnancy and post-delivery depression, were still here and bothered me, so one day I thought __  if I could quit smoking and drinking coffee, why I couldn't quit sweet? I knew it was not going to be easy, (it's never easy to stop doing something that you are absolutely addicted to,) but it is possible.  I knew it was time for me to challenge myself once again and stopped eating any kind of sweet __ cookies, candies, chocolate, cakes, ice creams, cold cereal... Eating sweet was my very serious addiction becaue every time I felt down, I would eat some chocolate or a few cookies, or ice cream..
 I'm very proud of myself that I haven't had any sweet (except fruit) last few weeks. At the beginning, I  was getting headache, I feeling weak, soemtimes even questionning myself wether I could handle this too long, but then my body got used to be without sweet and now I feel great. I've lost 18 pounds last one month and I continue loosing every single day.

                      Why I was loosing weight in Europe and gainig back in USA? 

I've been thinking of talking about this for a while now and I finally want to share with you guys what made me think that quitting sweet would help me loose weight. 
 Let me start from begining. When I moved to USA I was in great shape. Moving to another country, where I didn't know anyone except my husband,  and I didn't know the language, was very stressful.  Then, having a premature baby who had to stay in the hospital,  was a nightmare for me,  and later,  taking care of my child all by myself, even though, I had no clue how to take care of a newborn baby,  was not easy, so I was feeling quite depressed, and start eating sweet , mostly chocolate. As I started eating chocolate, I started gaining weight as well. 

At first, I didn't pay attantion because I never found time for myself, I was constantly focused on my baby, I was scared I could miss something that she needed.. When I realized that I had gained weight, it was late. I knew that I had to do something major to loose those gained pounds. I started going to gym. I got a personal trainer but after one year of workout I didn't see any results. I got discouraged. I stopped going to gym and I felt kinda lost. I didn't know where to go from there.. 

I went back to my country twice since I moved to USA, and every time I went there I lost weight, and I started gaining back once I was back to USA. After I came back from Paris last year and few months later I couldn't  fit in those jeans that I was wearing in Europe, I realised that there was a reason I was gaining weight here. Since I mostly eat healthy food,  the only thing left was sweet.

Now, the most interesting thing here is that I was eating sweet in Europe too but I was not gaining wight over there. So, one day, I decided to do some research, and I  found out that in USA, in any kind of sweet, they mostly use High Fructose Corn Cyrop instead of sugar because High Fructose Corn Cyrop is cheaper and sweeter , and I realised that could be the reason I was gaining weight in USA because there are some studies that show conection between high  fructose corn syrup and obesity and diabetes. (keep in mind that USA is #1 consumer of High Fructose Corn Cyrop in the world. In Georgia people have no idea what High Fructose Corn Cyrop is, so of course they don't use it, and also in France, they don't use it either, so it made sense to me why I was not gaining weight  in Europe).
So, after I had that doubt in my mind, I decided to stop eating sweet to see if I would loose weight and here I am __ 18 pounds lighter after just one month.

I'm so dissapointed that I didn't find out about High Fructose Corn Cyrop earlier, I would not waste my time last few years, but it's better later than never as they say..

As for working out, I go for jogging few mornings a week, juts for health, but I believe, it is not the reason I lost weight, because I used to workout harder that that. I believe what we eat/drink is the only thing that can affect our weight.

P.S. If you would like to know more about my journey, let me know in the comments below, I may do another post in a few weeks. And also, if you google High Fructose Corn Cyrop you will find out more about its negative effects on people.

Thanks for reading, beauties, and have a fabulous day.


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  1. I didn't know what about the USA at all, does corn cyrop cause more weight gain than sugar?

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    1. I belive so. My life was a perfect example.

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  2. It's interesting about gaining weight in the USA and not Europe - but it makes sense, I imagine there is a lot more sweetness in their products and more calories! Great that you've given it up, since giving up sugar (apart from fruit, like you) I've lost a bit of weight too and feel so much better!
    Amy xx
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    1. That's great that you lost some weight too, Amy.

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  3. Girl you are so inspiring! You know what.. I will give it a try as well! No sweets for a month. let's see how it goes!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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    1. Hope you will see some amazing results too. Let me know how it works for you. Good luck beautie. xx

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  4. When I saw the title of this post, I had to read it! Thanks for this valuable insight. I've been wanting to lose about 5 pounds and wonder if it's been unachievable because of this high fructose corn syrup. What do you eat for sweet when you have that craving now?

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    1. Kathrine, you are in a great shape, you don't need to loose any weight. I personally believe, that high fructose corn cyrop made me gain weight, but at the same time, we have to remember that everyone's body is different. When I have sweet craving I just eat different nuts with some raisins, from organic store. It helps me a lot. Even though nuts are high-calorie snack, they don't make me gain pounds like those 2 cookies a day, that were half of the calories than nuts.

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  5. This is such an interesting read, Nina. I don't really eat lots of sweets as I don't have a sweet tooth but chocolate is my weakness. Good on you for cutting out sweets, cigarettes and coffee. I successfully went cold turkey with cigarettes in 2011 but there's no way I can cut out coffee and chocolate.

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    1. I know, it's very difficult to quite coffe and especially sweet, Shireen.

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  6. This is so interesting. I had heard about the High Fructose Corn Syrup before and I think it's actually maybe banned here in the UK as it's very bad for you. Just you cutting it out and having those kind of results is amazing!

    Gemma x
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  7. Yes, being kind of lonely before making friends and having a premature baby, I can understand why you put weight on... but glad that you knew the reasons and could work on that, well done! I lost 14 lbs last year, without dieting or going to gym, but I got back 5 lbs back :( I think it was due to stress, but let's see how it will be this year! Hope you have a lovely day!
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    1. I wanted to tell you other day, in your post's comment section that it seemed like you lost some weight, but I was not sure it would look appropriate.. but yes, I can see that you have lost some weight Denise. Wish you a nice day, dear.

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  8. This is so inspiring! Love all your tips!
    xo, Jane
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  9. Loved reading your experience, thanks for sharing and congrats!

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  10. Well done on your weight loss! I never knew that about high fructose corn syrup but have never been to America!

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  11. I could never cut out sweets haha I envy your self control :) however I do stay away from high fructose corn syrup.

    Jamie
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    1. I know, it's not easy to cut it out, but it's good if you are stay away from corn syrop tough.

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  12. very useful information! I feel like I need to force my sister to read it - she has so much in common!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  13. Congratulations on making such a healthy decision to cut out sugary sweets. Glad you are feeling better both emotionally and physically.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  14. This post is so interesting and very inspirational! I can definitely see how cutting sweets can help with weight loss!

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  15. So inspiring! I should try to cut out the sweets.

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  16. wow this is inspiring, I am gonna cut back on sugar too .
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  17. Congratulations, Nina! That is a big achievement!!
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    Miri
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  18. That is amazing! Congrats girl! I should really cut sweets out! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  19. I love working out and this post is inspirational.

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  20. Congrats on your weight loss and good for you for achieving that. I tried to cut down on chocolate and sweets too many times but I always go back, it's so difficult. I once read that if you stop eating sweets, after a while your body does not ask for sugar and it's easier to keep that but the first month (or two) are the most difficult.

    Yiota
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    1. Thank you Yiota,and you are right, after two weeks, I was not craving sweet too much anymore.

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  21. I stopped eating sweets in January for six weeks, and while it did not affect my weight much, I noticed serious withdrawal. Now I am back on eating a few bits here and there, but only at the weekends. My diet is overall very healthy and I don't have much weight to loose, but it was frightening to see how much of an addiction I had.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I'm glad, you have healthy lifestyle, dear, and yes, it's never good to have any kind of addiction.

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  22. Thanks for sharing this! I am trying my best to lose some weight right now =)


    - Cielo
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  23. High fructose corn syrup is such a killer and a real strain on the liver. Frustose and alcohol are actually processed in the same way as the liver, so it's no surprise that consuming it is no good for the body. It is terrible that the US use it so much.

    I am so happy to hear that you have control of your life and sugar additions and are healthier for it. Your story is so inspirational.

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    1. Thank you Adriana, it feels amazing to live without sweet addiction.

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  24. Congratulations dear! Looks perfect, keep it up!
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    Mónica Sors
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  25. Well done, what a great achievement!
    Have a great day :)
    Rosanna x
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  26. That's crazy! I actually have an allergy to corn so I don't eat anything with corn in it, but that's so good you found out what it was. I hope you get your life back on track!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Thank you Lorna. I know, I'm onthe right track.

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  27. Wow, congratulations! You can be so proud on you!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  28. Wow, that's awesome, girl, congratulations! When I first started my healthy lifestyle about 11 years ago, the first things I did was cut out all sodas and juices and I immediately started to see the weight fall off, sweets can definitely be a culprit to weight gain for sure. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story, such a motivation! I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. I don't drink any sodas either. Thank you beautie. xx

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  29. This was a cool read, lady- and congrats!

    -Ashley
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  30. I haven't had idea that in USA sugar is replaced by this corn cyrop, what a shame! Thank you for your post, it's really informative. :)

    Have a lovely evening dear,
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  31. Dear Nina, this post was very useful and motivational. We must observe ourselves, how our body reacts and thus find our own road to health and fitness. Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  32. Well, congratulation girl, keep it up!! xx

    Caterina | www.caterinasosso.com

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  33. Wow - congrats girl!! What a huge accomplishment!

    Shauna

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  34. Wow...Nina, this is such an inspirational and motivational post!! Keep up the good work babe...You are truly an inspiration to one and all...!! Kisses and Hugs, Neha

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  35. Lovely that you're living healthier now!! I could probably also need to cut back on sweets and sugar. So easy though to just go for it, especially with warmer weather and lots of ice cream. Thank you for the inspiration though! Xx

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    1. Thank you dear. I know, it's going to be a challenge in summer .

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  36. Congratulation! Being confident and cutting down the sweet(especially processed ones) make a big difference. I heard about high fructose corn syrup but haven't really looked into the details. USA is one of the fattest countries, I think they are in top 10, this might be the reason!

    Ela BellaWorld

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  37. congratulations on doing so well! I gave up coffee a while back and I feel so much better, I just need to quit the sweet too now :)

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  38. This is such an interesting post as I am currently trying to lose some weight too. I have been going to the gym but really need to start eating healthier to start seeing more results and your post has just confirmed that. Well done on your achievements so far, I know it's not easy! x

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    1. Good luck dear, and thank you . Xx

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  39. Wow, this is interesting. And I had no idea about the syrup in US foods either. Good to know! And congratulations!

    ~Lindsey
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  40. I have heard about this ingredient and the damage it can cause. Great that you found a solution to feeling better!

    ANOUK

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  41. Congratulations on your weight loss, Nina. I really need to cut down on coffee and sweets. I'm trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle but sugar cravings get in my way.

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    1. Thank you Izabela. Once you stop eating sweet, after 2 weeks or so you will not have sugar cravings very often anymore.

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  42. My goal right now is to stop eating so much sweet. Today I was anxious and ate so many M&M's which is very bad for the body. Thanks for the inspiration girl!

    Camila,
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    1. Thank you Camila, and, I've been there, so I toatlly understand you.

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  43. I moved from London to Boston almost 2 years back, since then my weight is continuously shooting ... I tried almost everything, then at last I accepted that maybe its something in the food here or the the weather or both!! But your post is truly eye opener.... I'm so glad I found it... Thank you so much! It is helpful indeed <3 Great day :)
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    1. I'm glad, you found this post interesting, Ritu. And, hope, it will help you to make right decisions. xx

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  44. Congrats on losing the weight. I find it so hard to give up sweet things but once you pass the first few weeks it does get easier.

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    1. You are absolutely right Laura.

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  45. I don't know how to give up sweets! I did it a few times but I always fail! haha! I love my ice-cream!!!

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    1. I totally undersnad you , I've been there too haha

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  46. Such an interesting observation! I need to give up sweets myself, they are totally my weakness. Good for you!

    Brooke
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  47. I find nutrition so interesting, and I have a similar story with a preemie baby. I struggle with sweets too and feel so much better when I do not eat them. I have really been trying to cut them out or at least cut way back on them as well. So interesting about the weight you lost and what you experienced when you went home verses here. The corn syrup is dangerous! Makes me sad for the US.

    Amy Ann
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    1. I know, me too, I feel sorry for people who don't know yet about corns cyrup.

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  48. Such a great achievement hun! Well done :)

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