Whenever I eat out lately it always involves more fat than I should be eating in one meal. At Pizza Hut I will have a large stuffed crust with Dominic and Kyle that will be full of fats that are really not good for you. We went a couple of weekends ago and it was our first trip there in about 4 months. I adore the pizza’s at Pizza Hut and they use a lot more olive oil here in Portugal so they are a lot nicer than England and we soon scoff our way through a big one!
Well it got me thinking.
As soon as I had finished the pizza I had super sized pizza cravings and before I knew it I was sharing the cookie dough pudding with Dominic & Kyle, and then also getting another pudding each for ourselves. And even after this binge I STILL felt like I wanted MORE.
Also when I go to McDonalds I have an instant craving (that I didn’t have before the meal) for a McFlurry straight after I have consumed a Big Mac.
Is it just being greedy or is there something scientific in it?
Well I have often watched programmes about the scientific link that fat and sugar together is a lethal combination that can lead to us being greedy and overeating. But I have never practised it myself.
So I decided last week to have five days without anything high fat for four days and then one day with fatty foods and to see how things worked out. Would I crave lots of sugar on my fatty day? And could I go without sugar on the other days?
Well here goes….
Welcome to day 1 of my fat vs sugar experiment. Tomorrow I am planning to be my fat day so for today it’s a low fat experiment. I am not giving fat up completely but I am just staying away from things that are really high in fat.
For example I will be having no butter, no oil and no produce that is famous for being high fat foods.
Today I have skimmed milk with bran flakes and for lunch we have tuna pasta in a tomato sauce. This is followed up with more pasta in the evening as I have over catered and made way too much!
Absolutely no sugar cravings today – this is a real surprise!
Welcome to my fatty day!
Today Dominic goes to Iceland to get our monthly bits and pieces and also picks up a pack of cheese and onion pasties that are going to be my experiment food!
I had one a couple of weeks ago cold and thought it was disgusting so this time I warm it up in the AirFryer to see if it tastes any better. Well it is disgusting and maybe its because of the amount of years since I last had one – but I absolutely hate it and won’t have another any time soon.
Sometimes when you go off your diet and have something fattening, you often think to yourself – was that worth the calories? And with this and with other foods that I used to eat, I now question it!
Anyway I crave chocolate over and over. And then before I know it I have been sat with the chocolate tin on my lap and have got through way too much chocolate. Then the guilt comes back and you feel like that typical dieter that feels bad after they have cheated!
Today I have more pasta. I think I am addicted to it as I can’t get enough at the moment. We were out and then when we walked through the door and needed something quick to eat and the good old pasta with mince won!
Dominic actually commented this time that he couldn’t taste any fat and that it was obvious a low calorie version. I didn’t notice though and loved it.
Like the first day I have absolutely no sugar cravings and go without any chocolate again today.
It is day 4 and even though I binged on day 2, this is amazing the difference this is making to my sugar intake. I love chocolate and sometimes feel like it is just habit. Like when you are a smoker. You want that cigarette directly after a meal like it is a reward for what you’ve eaten. If you can conquer these times of the day – then you could seriously reduce your sugar intake.
For today I have a lot of bread which again has quite a bit of fat in it, especially with me consuming five slices of it! I want to see what a difference the fat quantities in this have in what I eat.
Well what can I say…..otherwise than saying that I am overwhelmed with sugar cravings? They are so bad I can’t think of anything else! They say that sugar cravings are worse than heroin and that this drug can take over our world.
I just can’t stop thinking about them and after about an hour they set in and I binge like I have not binged before.
I have several strips of dark chocolate (hoping this will do the trick) then followed up by chocolate biscuits, chocolate bar and then some Easter chocolate. It is like I have absolutely no control!
And I am shocked by the difference wholemeal bread can make to my diet and how even without butter being added it still acts as a trigger for me wanting sugar.
Like yesterday I have decided to look into the relationship with wholemeal bread more clearly. What if you had a small breakfast of just wholemeal toast? Would I want sugar again?
Well I have two slices of wholemeal toast with some sardine pate on top. I have it at 9am and when it comes to 12noon I have terrible sugar cravings. I opt for some quark flavoured yoghurt and hope this will put me off more chocolate.
For lunch we have chicken and vegetables and in the evening we have sweet and sour chicken. I must be on a chicken binge at the moment!
I end up having chocolate again in the evening and I put my binges down to the fact that as a breastfeeding mum that two slices of toast in the morning for breakfast is just not enough!
After five days of testing out my reaction to fats and seeing how they work alongside sugar I have lost 1.5 pounds:
It’s not an earth shattering amount, but still an amount that I am happy with after a few gains. What this has taught me is that if you eat something that is high fat, you will then crave something high in sugar to balance out your body. So, if you are going to cheat with a McDonalds (or similar) also factor in extra calories for the sugar that you will follow on with.