How I Lost 10 Pounds in 10 Days

by Ryan on October 25, 2010

A quick little life hack here.  If you want to lose 10 pounds, all you have to do is…

STOP EATING HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

I consider myself to be in pretty good shape.  I work out 4 to 5 days per week, running and lifting weights. I can bench press my own weight 10+ times. But as I get older, I’ve gained a few pounds that I really wish I could shed.  So I set out on a mission to lose 10 pounds, and keep them off for life. Around this same time, Jason Nazar, CEO of LA based Docstoc, recently tweeted about a so called “Master Cleanse”:

Trying out the Master Cleanse fast for a few days – lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. Anyone else done this? Thoughts?less than a minute ago via web

After a litte research, it turns out that the “Master Cleanse” is a strict diet of maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice for 10+ straight days.  That seemed totally ridiculous to me.  There was absolutely no way that I was going to deprive myself of food to lose weight. There has to be a healthier way to lose a quick 10 lbs right?

So instead of trying Jason’s method, I decided to do a little experiment and simply stopped eating most foods that contain high quantities of high fructose corn syrup.

What happened?   I lost 10 pounds in just 10 days and I’ve been able to keep the weight off for close to 3 weeks now. So what foods did I stop eating? Here’s a quick list:

-soda
-bread (though I still eat pizza once every other week or so)
-pretty much all desserts (cake, ice cream, pastries, donuts, etc.)
-ketchup
-most crackers

There are many other foods (like salad dressing) that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) but I’ve pretty much just stuck to the list above. So it’s not exactly like I do not eat ALL foods with HFCS, but rather just most foods with HFCS. The toughest challenge by far has been staying away from bread. During the diet, my energy level for the first week was a little low but now that I’ve been on it a few weeks, I feel great and I’ve been able to keep the weight off thus far. I’m now down to 176 pounds and I feel good about it.

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  • Yellowbird5411

    HFCS is in so many products like bologne, canned items, prepared foods, etc. But corn is the basis for many other products – food fillers, thickeners, coatings – the list is almost endless. I do not drink sodas, and yet I am obese. I suspect drinking milk/eating meat from corn fed chickens, cows, pigs and farmed fish all contribute to a fat America. Eating absolutely fresh food and buying bread (Ezekiel brand) at a health food store is the only way to avoid that stuff. Grassmilk is a new product from grass fed cows, just came out. We are up to our neck in corn whether we like it or not. Experiments years ago showed that corn, unlike potatoes, rice and wheat, made livestock fat quickly. That’s why they use it, and that is why we are fat, no doubt. I am now clearing out my cupboard.