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One Twin Gives Up Sugar & The Other Fat to Make a Startling Discovery

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:33 PM
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One Twin Gives Up Sugar & The Other Fat to Make a Startling Discovery

by Emily Abbate

male dietNot only are twins Alexander and Chris Van Tulleken absolutely handsome, they're also willing to take a challenge. The two 35-year-old self-proclaimed "gluttons" (and doctors!) recently took on an experiment to see which diet was better for the body: a no-carb, no-sugar diet (Chris) or a low-fat diet (Alexander).

The rules? They were allowed to eat as much as they wanted, except they had to stick by their unique guidelines. With similar exercise routines and lifestyles, any changes in their bodies at the end of the experiment would be down to the diets.

The results? Alex lost more weight than Chris, but Chris excelled at all other aspects. He had more energy. He was a quicker thinker. He seemed ... happier.

But the ultimate conclusion? That regardless of who "did better," neither diet was a GOOD idea.

Sure, it's easy to limit yourself by choosing to go no-carb or completely eliminating white foods -- for example. However, at the end of the day, a diet is successful if it's something you can keep up for the rest of your life. Chris, for example, thought that he would stick with a no-carb diet even after the experiment was over, but found that his energy skyrocketed the second he dabbled in them again.

Chris' realization is easy to relate to -- it reminds us that there is a purpose for all of the different components of a healthy, balanced diet. Sure, nixing carbs may make you lose weight. But will that weight loss be sustainable? Will it be something that you can easily maintain? No, no it won't.

The twins' other conclusions? That if you're looking to lose weight, it's easier if you avoid processed foods made with sugar and fat. The reason why? Well, those foods affect the brain in a completely different way than natural foods. That, and it's hard for anyone to resist eating too much of 'em.

Sounds to me like this whole little experiment made these brothers realize how important it is to eat clean and balanced. The golden rule? Everything in moderation, and you'll be good to go.

Watch the twins challenge one another in a bike race below. Man, that's a whole lot of hunky Spandex.

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Have you ever tried eliminating excess fat, sugar, or carbs from your diet?

 

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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:48 PM
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These two did this alllll wrong, so their "findings" carry no weight with me.  This was a total play for attention and many people, even other doctors, are critical of what they did.  The idiot that did "no-carb" didn't understand that his body needed fuel in the form of fat, AND veggies are encouraged on a low-carb diet.  NO ONE I know encourages "no-carb."  Then again, this is a "doctor" so I wouldn't expect him to understand nutrition.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Yes, I tried eliminating fat.  BAD IDEA.  I gained weight and got sicker.

Yes, I have eliminated refined sugars, many natural sugars, and processed carbs and grains and I feel GREAT!  Even before I started feeling great, my bloodwork showed phenomenal improvements. Sustainable?  It sure has been, for 3 years now.  I intend to eat this way for the rest of my life.

I will never believe in the "everything in moderation" crap.  According to that, a few cigarettes in moderation won't hurt me, or rolling in a bit of poison ivy won't hurt me, drinking a bit of drain cleaner won't hurt me...because it's all in moderation.  BS.  My body savagely reminds me that eating sugar or carbs "in moderation" is hurting me, is bad for my health.

(^^^sorry, my mom just ticked me off with another of her spiels about "I'll eat what I want because my doctor says I can."...that same doctor that has already performed two heart procedures on her.  He has nothing to lose by giving her lousy advice.  NO, MOM, YOU CANNOT EAT CARBS TO YOUR **DYING** HEART'S CONTENT!)

petitekatie
by Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 9:18 PM

I didn't eliminate them all, but I did cut down a lot on sugar. Not including natural sugar like in fruits and such. It really helped me. But I am also Hypoglycemic, so the lower level of sugars helped my body freak out less.

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