Sugar Busters Diet


Does Mother Nature hold the key to weight loss? The Sugar Busters diet is based on the philosophy “eat like your ancestors.” This means avoiding simple sugars and refined grains, such as pasta and white rice that cause you to store body fat.
When it first hit the diet scene in 1995, ‘Sugar Busters!’ rocketed to the number-one spot on The New York Times Best Seller List. Written by a former CEO and three physicians–a cardiovascular surgeon, a gastroenterologist, and an endocrinologist — the book has an “eat like your ancestors” philosophy that caught on quickly: zero refined sugar, whole grains, unprocessed foods. Fast-forward eight years to ‘The New Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat.’ The basics (and the authors) are the same, but there’s new advice on current issues such as childhood obesity and the growing diabetes epidemic, as well as a whole bunch of new recipes.
Sugar is the bad guy. Or, more precisely, call it a case of “good carb, bad carb.” Dieters avoid simple sugars and refined grains (pasta, white rice) because they promote the storage of body fat. The belief is that these foods cause blood sugar to spike, which in turn triggers a flood of insulin in the body, which leads to fat storage.
Foods are ranked according to how fast they raise blood high-fiber carbs, but dieters can round out the plate with lean meats and unsaturated fats. Foods to get rid of: potatoes (red or white); white bread; white rice; white flour; pasta (except the whole-grain kind); corn; beets; and refined sugars and flours, or products that contain them (such as syrups, potato chips, cakes, candy bars, and cookies). Reasonable food portions are important. You fill your plate once at meals; no seconds are allowed.