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Book: Sugar Busters!
 
 
The Basic Premise
Recommends eliminating sugar from the diet. No established guidelines on fat, protein, or carbohydrate are provided. Approved snacks are allowed.

How A Person Can Lose Weight On This Diet
Calories eaten must be below calories needed to maintain weight (i.e., low calorie).
The higher protein level of Sugar Busters can provide more satiety with meals and snacks.
High carbohydrate food portions and sweets are restricted, so blood sugar surges after a high carbohydrate meal or sweet do not occur. This also helps control appetite.

Special Concerns
  • People living with diabetes, if taking insulin, are at risk of becoming hypoglycemic if they do not eat appropriate carbohydrates throughout the day.
  • People who exercise regularly are at risk for poor energy levels and muscle fatigue due to an inadequate carbohydrate intake.

Alcohol

If you do drink alcohol do so on a full stomach and a dry red wine is the preferred alcoholic beverage. People should avoid beer and all after-dinner type drinks and liquors due to their high sugar content. Allows alcohol in moderation but cautions dieters about harmful effects of excessive consumption.

Claims
  • Sugar increases the release of insulin, which promotes fat storage and obesity.
  • Calories don't count, however, an analysis shows the diet averages 1200 calories a day.
  • Regardless of what you eat as long as you reduce sugar intake you will lose body fat and weight.
  • You can get slimmer simply by avoiding foods requiring high insulin secretion.
  • Diet is anti-carbohydrate with an emphasis on eliminating refined carbohydrates.
  • The authors say, "Let's get to the point. SUGAR IS TOXIC! Sugar? Some sugar? Most sugar? All sugar? Toxic? Well, we will say that refined sugar in any significant quantity is toxic to many human bodies, and it certainly helps make many bodies fat".

Pros

None

Cons
  • Book downplays importance of exercise and the authors admit they do not exercise.
  • Too low in fruits and vegetables.
  • Excessive sodium, cholesterol, and fat (especially saturated fat).
  • Eliminates high glycemic index foods like white rice, potatoes, carrots, white bread and corn.
  • Recommends drinking small amounts of water with meals since "excess fluid with meals also dilutes the digestive juices…which may result in partially digested food."
  • Validity is based on anecdotal claims and testimonials, not proven science.

Truth

  • "All foods can fit" into a healthy diet.
  • A report written by the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization has confirmed the importance of carbohydrates in the diet. Carbohydrates have been found to be protective of nutrition-related diseases.
  • Fluids are very important for maintaining fluid balance and preventing dehydration. Sedentary individuals need a minimum of eight glasses of water a day while active people need at least ten.
  • The authors have oversimplified the role of insulin in the body. Insulin only promotes excess, cumulative fat storage, when too many calories are also being consumed. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to back the Sugar Busters! Insulin weight-loss theory.

 
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