Read almost any dietitian or doctor’s advise about sugar and you will hear that it is bad for you in large quantities. So, just cut down on the sugar and you will be fine.

It seems no one is talking about what I know really is the root of the obesity epidemic.


We are addicted to processed sugar.

This is not going to be an article with all kinds of facts and figures. I’m not going to try to convince you of the evils of sugar and the horrible things it does to your body.

If you want to know statistics, just google harmful effects of sugar and you’ll find plenty of reading material.

Or better yet, go to your local large discount store. Find a spot to sit and just people watch, as my Grandma used to call what she did when she went to town on Saturday. Take note of how many people are overweight and obese as compared to normal or underweight weight.

The people in our world are getting larger and larger. Some of them so large they can’t even leave their homes and are on disability.

To try to cure the epidemic, experts invented various weight loss surgeries. Surgery, though, doesn’t take care of our desire for more and more sugar.

I couldn’t not eat sugar.

When I weighed 430 pounds, I could not mitigate my desire for anything with high carbohydrate content. For some reason, if it had processed, refined sugar and flour I couldn’t stop eating it.

I wouldn’t be hungry, but I would still keep eating it. It was like I was a drug addict and sugar was my fix. One piece of candy is not enough and 1,000 is too many. There was no in between.

Many diets I went on would allow one cookie a day. Hey, this is my kind of diet, I’d think. But in reality that one always led to many more.

It took forever, but I learned to lose weight I had to give up sugar. I’m pretty stubborn, though. I’d give it up for a time and lose weight and then go back to eating like I had before and balloon up to where I was or beyond.

I felt so hopeless. I thought, “I’m destined to be this way for the rest of my life. I was made to be fat.”

God created me to be healthy.

John says, “I would that you prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers.”1

How do that was the issue. Back in 1977, I cried out to God and He gave me a plan. “Stop eating sugar. Eat more meat, fruits and vegetables. Don’t eat so much bread.”

I felt I could never do that and so I didn’t try.

Years later when everything else had fallen apart. After weight loss surgery, I had started gaining weight again. I knew something was drastically wrong with me. I had come to the end of my own resources and willpower.

I faced the facts. I knew I had to stop eating sugar.

What I hadn’t put together is why and how.

The why is because I am addicted to sugar, just like a drug addict or an alcoholic.

The how is admitting I am weak. Surrendering my desire for sugar to God and allowing Him to pour His strength in me.

You can stop craving sugar.

What the experts don’t tell you is if you stop eating sugar and have it firmly in your mind that this is your lifesaving measure, you will eventually not crave it.

I know this because it happened to me and it has happened others I have coached.

When God said stop eating sugar, He meant stop. He knew me and He knew for me it is harmful to my body.

I don’t know why it works to give up refined sugar, but it does. I don’t know if there’s something in the processing that makes it addictive. I can eat honey in limited quantities, but refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup sends me over the edge.

Stop eating sugar and live.

That’s the message experts won’t tell those who are morbidly obese. They don’t want to do it themselves. As a matter of fact, if a person can eat a small quantity of processed sugar and stop, then they should continue to do so.

However if you are morbidly obese, I’m here to give you the bad news the big guys won’t. You’re addicted to sugar. To lose weight you need to stop eating anything with that in it including the things with processed flour that turn to sugar in your body.

If you eat something like salad dressing with sugar, it may not be harmful to you. Small quantities do not affect me.  I do read labels and I do choose the varieties with the lowest sugar possible or no sugar or make my own.

This may appear bad news, but it really is good news.

I am finally free of sugar and I have lost over 260 pounds. That is not just good news, it is awesome news. I don’t even want anything sugary, syrupy sweet. It literally makes me sick. So in reality, there is no bad news.

It is possible for this to happen. If you are morbidly obese and you truly take steps to stop, it will happen for you, as well.

It isn’t easy at first and it does take time for you to be consistent. A few weeks is good, but many have one slip and they go back to the way they were eating.

God wants you healthy. If you will step out in faith and ask for His help and strength, He will help you. However, He won’t force you to stop. He will though provide the power if you will take the first step.

God told Paul, and I believe, you and me as well. “My grace is sufficient for you. For My power is made perfect in your weakness.”2

Sweet Change can help.

On the journey, it’s helpful to have a mentor, someone who has been through the process. It’s also good to have a group of peers on the journey with you. Most importantly you have God’s support and your mentor and group can encourage you to move closer to Him.

Sweet Change Weight Loss Coaching and Accountability Group incorporates all three aspects. You can join any time. Just go here for more information.

In addition, the memoir, Sweet Grace, and Sweet Grace Study Guide will help on your journey.  Just click on the titles to order.

You know if this article relates to you. Please invest in yourself. You are worth it. We’re waiting for YOU to join us.

13 John 1:2

22 Corinthians 12:9

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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