Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Teen Girl, Once Bullied Because Of Her Weight, Is Now Inspiring Others To Start Their Diets.

Make Healthy Choices

Make Healthy Choices

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The most important part of a healthy transformation is making sure that your diet has a variety of foods, plenty of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and complex carbohydrates And we can not tell you enough how important eating plenty of protein is. It's been proven to boost your metabolism by 80 to 100 calories every day. Diets that are high in protein can also reduce obsessive thought about food, reduce cravings, and reduce the need for late-night snacking. But for Josie, cutting out the sugar was the key.

Cut Out Sugar

Cut Out Sugar

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“I cut sugar completely and reduced my carb intake," said Josie. "Sugar was the main thing. I tried many diets beforehand, but I never stuck to them. I did some research into sugar and was shocked at the amount of sugar I used to consume; it seemed to be in everything. Making the decision to cut it out of my diet was the best decision of my life. It was very difficult at first; the first two weeks were so hard, but pure determination saw me through. Then it became a habit." What's up with sugar?

Cut It All Out

Cut It All Out

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Eating sugar that's been added, which is any sugar that doesn't occur naturally, messes up pretty much everything about your body. From headaches and skin issues to metabolism and insulin levels. It also leaves you with being at a greater risk for obesity, and other diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Sugar can also potentially increase your cholesterol, raise blood pressure, wreak havoc on teeth, and impair cognitive function. So how do you do it like Josie?

Simple Steps

Simple Steps

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The first step is finding out where the sugar is. Read the labels of things such as breads, salad dressing, and even yogurt. Find your perfect balance of simple and complex carbs so you're not leaving yourself feeling deprived, which can lead to binges. Include protein, fiber, and healthy fats in your snacks and meals. These things are digested more slowly than refined carbs or sugar, so your blood sugar level rises and falls at a steadier, slower rate. Doing simple things like using cinnamon instead of sugar in your coffee, or oatmeal, can make a huge difference. So does making the decision to change.

Change Is A Decision

Change Is A Decision

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One day Josie had had enough. Josie says that she “went through cycles” of trying to change the way she looked. “Then one day, I stopped thinking about it and just did it. It sounds so easy. I googled so many transformations; I researched how I was going to do it. I was prepared, I wanted it so badly, and now I was waiting for the ‘lightbulb’ moment when I wake up and want to go for a run, or I wake up and don’t have any sugar cravings," she continued. How did she do it?

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