A deadly addiction is at the root of heart disease, stroke and obesity
(NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI, TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE) Mike Norton, 51, had been an athlete most of his life.
He thought he was doing everything right with diet and exercise, but then he suffered a heart attack.
“I consumed carbs all the time, not knowing that they were bad for you until I had some medical issues, then I found out otherwise,” he said.
Norton was a ticking time bomb.
“I know factually it was my diet,” he said.
Norton thought he was eating healthy: low fat, low calories but loads of carbs – which means lots of sugar.
“Load up on pasta before a run or a ride,” he said. “So, that’s what I did, and I did that for decades. After I finished eating a heavy carb meal, within an hour, I was hungry, so I would eat more. And, it was self-perpetuating.”
That is one of the main symptoms of a carb addict. You can’t stop eating, especially after a high carb big meal, because carbs turn into sugar. If some sugar sensitive people have just one piece of candy, they have intense cravings for more.
So, after his health scare, Norton cut out all carbs and started eating fattier, more calorie dense foods.
“My energy level is much higher, my mental acuity. My weight has gone down about 25 pounds, and I have sustained that weight loss,” he said.
And, his test results back that up.
“I was a pre-diabetic. I’m not anymore. My cholesterol is down tremendously since being on this diet,” Norton said.
Dr. Rick Lehman, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director with the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine, works with athletes every day. And, he agrees sugar addiction is a big problem.