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flour and artificial sweeteners, to satisfy his
desire for carbohydrates. But he found that
the desire went away after a few weeks. "I
don't feel tempted by carbohydrates," he says.
Franklin sticks to meat, dairy and vegetables, particularly Brussels sprouts, broccoli,
spinach and salad.
Within two and a half months of modifying
his diet, his blood sugar level dropped out of
the diabetic range. Within seven months, he
lost 80 pounds.

"I feel healthy,
comfortable and strong.
My blood sugar is good,
and my energy is up.
I dodged the bullet
of diabetes, and the
weight I still have is not
impacting my health."
"I feel healthy, comfortable and strong.
My blood sugar is good, and my energy is up.
For the first time in my life I'm eating all the
foods I want to eat and not gaining weight,"
he says. "I dodged the bullet of diabetes,
and the weight I still have is not impacting
my health."
THE EXPERT'S TAKE: "I don't think
you need to eliminate carbohydrates. The
carbs that are problems are pastries, processed bread and processed pasta. Those are
the things that get us in trouble. There are a
lot of benefits of including good carbs in your
diet," Youdim says. "That being said, if people
are having difficulty [losing weight] with a
high-carb diet, by eliminating that category
they are going to lose weight."

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DOES EXERCISE HELP?
Exercise is a great choice for your health for many reasons. It can
improve your cardiovascular fitness, build strength and endurance,
help you sleep better and enhance your mood. But when it comes
to weight loss, it's what you eat, not what you do, that deserves
your focus.
"Exercise tends not to be a huge contributor to weight loss for
most people," says physician nutrition specialist Adrienne Youdim,
MD, a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
But don't give up your workouts just yet. Exercise does play
an important role in weight maintenance, she points out. That's
because when you lose weight, you can also lose muscle, and
losing muscle can slow your metabolism. Exercise can help you
maintain your muscle mass and keep your metabolism up to speed.
"Exercise is very important in that regard," Youdim says.



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