Jackie's Tips

The biggest reason people get fat is sugar.

on Sep 1, 20100

TO AVOID SUGAR, YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE IT HIDES

Choose foods with five grams of sugar per serving or less.

Sugar hides in foods under clever names like beet sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, lactose, maltodextrin, malitol (a sugar alcohol), mannitol (a sugar alcohol) sorbitol (a sugar alcohol), sucrose, and turbinado sugar. These sugars are in everything from protein bars and shakes to breads and diary.

Sugar is found not only in things that are sweet but in processed food like ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and BBQ sauce.

86 comments
ruby's mom
ruby's mom

lemon juice vs. fresh lemons. one better than the other? how much lemon juice equals 1/2 lemon?

Lisa N 1972
Lisa N 1972

I was so happy to hear Jackie recommend whole eggs and other true health foods! I used to live on egg white omelets and cold cereal with skim milk and couldn't figure out why it was so hard to lose weight. Last year, I switched my daily breakfast from cold cereal to two pastured eggs every morning. Without even trying, 12 pounds melted right off -- plus my rabid carb cravings disappeared! What a difference to eat based on sound nutrition instead of fads like the idiotic no-fat craze.

J. J.
J. J.

Help! I am allergic to flax - is there a subsitute to add to her shake recipe? Also, I have too much iron in my blood (since hysterectomy) so adding the spinach is not a good Idea for me. With the flaxI develop a rash and scaly-ness on my face, It took several weeks to figure it out a few years ago & when I tried it again recently, I had same reaction within a few days.

Connie J
Connie J

Love the Show!!! What was the brand rowing machines were your clients using?

dejanay
dejanay

omg im a sugur addict its like i cant live with out it i choose candy over anything i was wondering how i can get on ur show becuause i need an thinervention

MaggieBrklyn
MaggieBrklyn

Hi all--

Love the show. Does anyone know whether agave is definitely out? Am guessing it is?

AAthanas
AAthanas

TOSS BOTH! Increase protein, double exercise efforts, take DIM, take Relora, take dry Vitamin D-3, increase veggies (except CORN -- all corn in the world is now GENETICALLY MODIFIED and causes INSULIN RESISTANCE). Corn is in your Sun Chips BTW... You are addicted to sugar and carbs. Like an alcoholic, you need to "dry out." It will be hard at first for a few days. Try salmon (wild, not farmed). AVOID ALL CAFFEINE, it's a merry-go-round that it puts you on. Google: DIM, Relora, adrenal exhaustion, estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, PCOS, hypothyroidism.

AAthanas
AAthanas

The latest news about cholesterol-containing foods is they don't increase serum cholesterol - refined carbs do instead! The real culprit is sugar and refined carbs and hidden carbs in many foods (even "diet" foods). Sugar makes cholesterol "sticky" and causes it to make problems in the cardiovascular system. If we don't eat enough cholesterol, our body will produce it itself anyway. If we eat enough cholesterol-containing (healthy) foods, then our body won't need to make cholesterol.

AAthanas
AAthanas

TOSS. Eat the real fruit. Better yet, eat more veggies instead. Even whole fruits can cause a slowing in weight loss.

AAthanas
AAthanas

It sounds like you guys are addicted to sugar and rely on it for energy, which it provides only temporarly, then a dip in energy, merry-go-round. Substitute with more protein and good carbs (veggies and whole grains). Increase fiber to increase effective digestion, and maybe even try taking HCl (hydrochloric acid) with large meals for better digestion. You guys might be getting adrenal burnout, so learn to say no to neighbors, committees, and other extra-curricular activities that drain you, saving energy for your job and your child instead. Lack of energy is also a sign of poor liver function, so take Milk Thistle on an empty stomach each morning with some lemon water and also try a product called Just Barley. Also, try the "AM workout on an empty stomach" routine to burn nothing but fat in the morning and have more energy all day (put NOTHING in your mouth but water before the workout after waking). Also, try avoiding any carbs with breakfast: blood sugar is already high in the morning naturally, and adding to it causes blood sugar imbalances and hunger all day long (I don't care what the "eat a good breakfast" people say). Have an Adkins breakfast, then only good carbs mid-day and for dinner, and avoid refined carbs -- especially before bed b/c that sets you up for cravings in the morning again. If you are stressed, also incorporate Relora (or similar supplement made from flower extracts) in your evening routine, which will lower cortisol and reduce belly fat. Also, for more effective sleep, try melatonin a few hours before bed (5-10 mgs). This will lower cortisol, belly fat and appetite and increase daily energy. ALSO, NO CAFFEINE EVER! A great belly fat flattener is: macadamia nuts! Try getting them cheapest at COSTCO or SAM's CLUB, then FREEZE them after opening (so they don't get rancid - rancid nuts are carcinogenic). Many ppl don't know they should freeze all nuts and eat rancid nuts all the time thinking they "taste fresh," that's because they are so used to it by now... Have WHOLE eggs for breakfast and a handful of macadamia nuts.

smiles1979
smiles1979

Hi! I first caught this show last night while scrolling through my Comcast OnDemand and love it! :) The show seems a lot more 'real/in your face' than even my other favorite weight loss show. Nice twist where you go to an even more personal level to keep track of your team by dropping in on them, etc. I think, similar to Nikki, I too am one that needs that constant push to keep going. Also, feel I can relate to Brian too because I have a major sweet tooth and find I hide sweets from my Fiance. I guess I'd have to say I'm a sugarholic! :( The 1st episode where you asked everyone to eliminate sugar from their house was....wow! That's definitly something I'd have a hard time with! Though lately I feel I'm getting my own wake up calls coming to me in many forms and one I think is finding your show...and one motivator is that I have engagement photos coming up at the end of the month! This morning I even made a point to hang a pair of jeans (which I haven't been able to really wear in probably year or so) in my room to remind me of my goals! :) P.S. I also remember that I bought your Power Circuit Training DVD almost a year ago now...and though I haven't tried it yet, (sadly b/c I think I was too intimiated once I watched the first run through of it.) Though feel now's a good time to try! :) Thanks for your inspiration and helpful information on your show! Looking forward to the next episode!

Jafly
Jafly

Jackie, you hit the nail on the head. Sugar is the problem 9 times out of 10 when people are overweight. I was normal weight until my mid 30's when I started working sedentary desk/office jobs. Due to lack of exercise combined with eating lots of sugar and carbs to deal with stress (office politics, work deadlines, etc.) I gained approx 10 lbs a year for 12 years.

At 120 lbs over my normal weight I started to make changes. Giving up sugar was key, along with weekly exercise and recently giving up wheat/gluten. I've lost 20 lbs so far and feel that it will take a full year for me to lose the full 120 lbs safely, so I'm right on track at this point.

Because I'm no longer eating processed foods (making my own pico de gallo rather than store bought salsa, for example, because the latter has sugar in it -- and using the white stalks of bok choy and nappa cabbage to dip in my homemade guacamole rather than using tortilla chips, things of that nature) - my sugar intake is pretty much near zero. I also replaced morning tea sweetend with agave -- with warm water and lemon -- so I cut out even the agave. I am getting sugar via fresh fruits, but I make sure I eat those with a few walnuts or almonds, to keep my blood sugar from spiking too much. The pounds seem to be melting off at this point.

Anyhow, glad you're teaching folks about the negative aspects of sugar consumption in our society. Most of us delude ourselves and think we can get away with drinking soft drinks and eating candy, cookies or ice cream on a regular basis. Only if you're burning calories like Michael Phelps or some ultra-athlete can you get away with eating that type of sugar without gaining weight. I used to be a very competitive rower and could eat 5,000+ calories a day and not gain an ounce, my body needed the fuel for my 4-6 hour/day training regimen, but that is no longer possible at my current age (mid to late 40's), so no more sugar for me. Thanks for working with us overweight folks, we need your help the most! Jafly.

Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez

I love the show, I am obsessed with Jackie's body. I exercise two hours a day, eat healthy and slowly I am seeing changes, but the best change is the mental change, it feels great to know that I am doing the right thing, it's not only exercise for the body but exercise for the brain. For ALL the viewers and committed people, enjoy your exercise, eat less and healthy ( TRUST me there's healthy tasty food out there, also give yourself two weeks to get use to your healthy eating habits and activity), keep occupied and be PATIENT!!!!! You will be a better person and have a happy life.

Secretary
Secretary

Hi! You are not alone!!! I am in the same place. Hired a trainer, hit the cardio everyday, lost 40 lbs. with 15 to go and it has been a little over year for me. Solution join weight watchers. It worked from the first week I started. It is so easy!!

shani cameron
shani cameron

I wouldn't say you have to eat as soon as you get up, but it does boost your metabolism. Also five meals a day aren't to be huge, it has a lot to do with portion control. Never eat until your stuffed, just satisfied. :)

Duch
Duch

So what's the 2 cents on breakfast and eating 5 times a day. I hate breakfast. I normally eat "breakfast" about 1 hour after I get up. I drink a bottle of water, maybe a cup of real tea no crap added to it first. Then later I can manage some food. I keep hearing I need to eat right away when I get up.

Also I have a very hard time with eating 5 times a day. I'm not hungry.

therese81081
therese81081

I think that people should also be made aware of sodium content in the foods they eat. I used to eat Lean Cuisines every day and noticed that I was constantly thirsty. Turned out I was eating about 4,000mg of sodium every day when you're max should be 2,300mg daily! Now I've switched to making ALL of my food with no salt added or low sodium products & I feel so much better. Stay away from frozen meals because they can have 500-700mg of sodium per meal. Cottage cheese is also very high in sodium, so I'm wondering what the trade-off value is considering the other great qualities that cottage cheese provides. Hmmm . . ..

Mary from Oregon
Mary from Oregon

Submittted by Mary on September19th,2010 I forgot to ask about drinking water as well. I don't care for regular water but I do drink flavored water actually that is all I drink. It is the Nestle Pure Life flavored water it has no calories but does have Sodium in it at 50mg. 2%per bottle and I drink around 5 to 6 per day. I do know that alot of salt is not good for you but does this amount hurt? Maybe if anyone knows this can you answer for me please? Thank you!

Mary from Oregon
Mary from Oregon

Submitted by Mary on September 19th,2010 I have been watching your show and also learned about all the sugar's in yogurt. I don't eat meat very often and thought the yogurt was a good thing I was doing for myself. I also eat this every single day and sometimes that is all I have. Do they make a yogurt that doesn't have any sugar's in it? Does anybody know the answer to this? I know you have to want to loose the weight in order to be successful at it and I do want to. I haven't been able to get rid of this extra (30)pds. I carry around on me and can you address in the show how long it should take to do if one is motivated. I also know everyone is different. Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us!

fooddiaryuser
fooddiaryuser

Jackie, your show is great, great, great...I see a little bit of myself in each character. And, "Hello, I am a sugarholic and I am seriously addicted to my Vernor's Ginger Ale". If I didn't have ginger ale it would be some non-caffiene/clear soda. Sometimes I make a tea from fresh ginger which is great and add cold water, but, I add sugar to the tea ;(p. I will not use fake sugars, I respect my kidneys too much to do that. (My brother is diabetic and had kidney cancer and his daughter has had two kidney transplants-both real big fake sugar drinkers. btw They are skinny.)

Now, salt is really my thing. I do not have a sweet-tooth for pastries and candies per se, but, when I get that signal that I need sugar I will grab a hard candy or a drink of my soda. Since I keep a Little Black Book-Daily Food Diary I know that I drink about 500 calories a day in sugar drinks. If I could only stop my sugar intake (without withdrawals) I am sure my weight would plummet. Uh, salt also I guess. Argh, this is hard!

In these times of surviving without a job and no health care, others like me are clinging to our comfort food but yet food is yet another thing we have to deprive ourselves of and say no to...losing weight is really tough right now.

I love it that you show us how to workout at home with no equipment to purchase! I know that the effort to lose weight is so worth it and I appreciate you and the cast inspiring us out here...I vow to march in place and do lunges while watching the show!

(Also, I am 'allergic' (causes acid reflux into my lungs with whatever food I have eaten) to lettuce, parsely, cilantro and fresh basil. Man, can I babble? Thanks for reading this!)

Tired
Tired

On February 12, 2009 I decided to change my life. I hired a personal trainer and for a year and a half I have consistently trained with her three times a weekas well as maintaining my own workouts. I have lost 50 pounds and I have reached a seriousl plateau for the past 4 months. My weight hasn't budged. I stopped training and have chosen a different cross training type fit program but honestly, I'm freaking tired of this! I just want to be at my goal weight already. A year and a half seems like such a long time for 50 pounds doesn't it? I just wish it wasn't so hard for those of us who were born with the metabolism of a lumbering tortoise!! Some people are so lucky. Don't get me wrong, I do LOVE to exercise but I'm TIRED!! I just want it OFF already. But this show is nice to see I'm not alone.

Ryan Harrison
Ryan Harrison

Hi Jackie,

What are your thought on V8? I usually have a 5oz can after a workout to replentish what I've lost in regards to Potassium. After watching your show, I went through my cabinets and noticed it has 6 Grams of sugar per can. I guess my quesion is, does the good outweigh the bad in this case? Is it ok to keep drinking them on the go? Anybody, please fee free to reply. Love the show !! -Ryan

ElviraRod62
ElviraRod62

Adding absorbic acid (lemon juice) to your water can boost your metabolism by 33%! just squeez or dash.

ElviraRod62
ElviraRod62

Egg yolks burn fat and build muscle (Jackie drinks raw eggs every day and her abs are ripped!)

Sandy D
Sandy D

Jackie, I happen to catch your show this morning. I love it! I have struggled with my weight for years. My son is 8 and I can see how my problem is his. I'm 38, 5'3" 206 lbs he is 5' and 140 lbs. My doc recently told me my triglycerides were very high. I can only wonder what he is in for as he grows up. I'm inspired, and going out to get our bikes ready for our new workout fun. If there are any suggestions for me helping him and keeping him healthy at the same time, please let me know. P.S, We're getting rid of the sugar today!

Mary Beth
Mary Beth

Jackie....I'm a diabetic...and I don't want to be one anymore....I have to watch what I eat and I'm terrible at that. I need to work out...but my job is not the most forgiving and by the time I have time to work out...all I want to do is sleep. I need some extraordinary help. Watching Thintervention gives me hope that even I can change! If you get to a point where you do Thintervention cross country...pick me!! Pick me!! I need someone to kick my butt!

PattyNoCake
PattyNoCake

Try steel cut oats instead of oatmeal. They have a more solid consistency and a nutty flavor. You can make a batch on the weekend and heat up portions during the week. Look for a can in the oatmeal section - McCann is great.

KH
KH

I always use fresh lemons, too. What's the difference? Seems like fresh lemon juice would be better for you???

Amy LaFleur
Amy LaFleur

I put a half of a lemon in a liter of water and I think that would be enough.

Aaron From Ohio
Aaron From Ohio

Coconut water is a fantastic hydrator. It has a high concentration of potassium, which is VERY important for the muscular contractions in the heart. If you are dehydrated, have diarrhea, have vomited, or even drank a lot of alcohol...you will lose potassium quickly. It's one of the few sources of potassium that will quickly replenish your electrolytes. Other electrolytic solutions (gatorade for example) are missing potassium. Read the labels! :D

duh
duh

BECAUSE IT'S NOT A DIET! It's a lifestyle, either you want the better lifestyle or you don't... diet=yo-yo...

Viewerilka
Viewerilka

Hi Jackie, Love the book and your show. What is your suggestion for a heart rate monitor? I didn't see it in the book. Should we skip it? Or is it important? If yes, what should we know about it to get the most benefit. I'm doing the electypical interval training in the book. Many Thanks :)

Mendy V
Mendy V

Does anybody know the amount of lemon juice to add to each liter of water for best results?

LAR
LAR

It has something (forgot the name) in the yolk that acts as a fat burner.

Donielle V.
Donielle V.

I get great motivation and advice from ur show. I haven't had an oreo in a year or more. I am finally able to make the commitment of life change and no more diets. I love my aerobics now and am going to begin running!! Stay strong everyone!!

Gold D Locs
Gold D Locs

Love the show. I will be following your advice to the clients. I got rid of all foods with more than 5 grams of sugar. I was shocked that fat free milk had 12 grams.

Only problems is eating oatmeal....I gag at the thought.

I ordered a DVR, so that I can watch your show, and record the others that come on at the same time. lol

Looking forward to reaching my goal via your show.

Deirge
Deirge

It's in her book!! Bought it the other day!

Deirge
Deirge

Steel Cut Oats are the best!! Give them a try!

tjwb
tjwb

I have started watching your new show and LOVE it. I am recovering from bulimia and as a result I have completely messed up my metabolism and have gained over 60 lbs. I am hoping that watching your show will help me address this weight in a healthy way, because it is now time for me to address the excess I have acquired. I am 29 and too young to be this exhausted and overweight.

Lisa Stanley
Lisa Stanley

Lecithin...it's also sold as a powder in health food stores.

SW
SW

What are some thoughts on Coconut water?

SW
SW

Does anyone remember what she said the benefit of the yolk in the egg is?

Dinah
Dinah

What is "Hormone/detox food list"?

Cinda S.
Cinda S.

I just started watching your show. You make such sense!! I want to drop the sugar from our home and start working out. Hubby feels like sugar is his rewarded for making it through a day. We are 47 and 40 and have a 3 year old. We are dedicated parents and by the end of the day we are EXHAUSTED and have no energy any day for working out. Hubby is a bartender at a major resort here in Vegas and needs to get his "youthful" appearance back. I'm a SAHM and soo out of shape. How do we get rid of the sugar and workout and have energy for our over active 3 year old?????

DivaInHopkins
DivaInHopkins

Jackie, I'm inspired by you and your commitment to your clients.. I hired a trainer today to begin working out 3 times a week starting Monday. I started changing my eating habits Tuesday and as of today at 8 a.m. I'm down 4 pounds. I've worked out on my own 4 times this week. I was lucky if I went once a week before. I'll be watching every week and making changes in my life to get me to a healthy weight. Thank You, Diana

Viewer1972
Viewer1972

that is the point. weight loss is very simple. eat less calories than you burn each day and you will lose weight. there are no real tricks.

Andrea m
Andrea m

Dana, I never comment on posts but yours truly touched me. What an incredibly caring and selfless idea you have..I believe if you pursue your idea of helping people whom others find "off-putting" or "visually disturbing" you will not regret it. The world needs more like you..Please put your dream/plan into action? If you are in the Los Angeles area I would love to help you anyway I can. God Bless, Andrea

dylan111
dylan111

I used to drink a lot of diet soda. Then one day the science teacher at the school where I work noticed and mentioned that diet sodas contain some of the same chemical compounds found in the salt-like stuff used to melt icy driveways in the winter. He asked if I had ever noticed that drinking diet soda actually made me thirsty . . .and he was right! He said that actually natural cane sugar was more healthy, but that there were much better sugar substitutes at natural food stores. Now I buy naturally flavored, 0-calorie seltzers and add a little squeeze of fresh lemon and/or lime. They are delicious and very thirst quenching in the summer. I also like to make fresh lemonade using natural sweeteners like Stevia or Truvia. These beverages are tasty, good for you, and have no calories.

brittney durham
brittney durham

i would like to know where the hormone/ detox list is to