Sugar Busters Diet

The Sugar Busters diet was developed by four men, three of them renowned physicians and a CEO of a Fortune 500 company who has a master of science degree.

The authors believe sugar causes the production of insulin. In large amounts insulin keeps you from losing weight, no matter how strictly you diet or how often you exercise.

The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into foods such as bread, breakfast cereals, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a multitude of microwave ready-meals and processed foods.

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Rules of the Sugar Busters Diet

Sugar Busters involves eating high fiber vegetables, whole grains, and fruits.

Meats are permitted as a source of protein but should be lean and trimmed.

The diet is cautious about fat. The diet encourages reduced fat products when choosing milk and cheese.

The diet does not allow eating saturated fats and transfats, oils used in fast foods. The authors claim these fats are very harmful not only to your waistline but also to your heart and blood vessels.

Hydration is important and if you follow the diet. You are encouraged to drink six to eight glasses of water daily.

Missing meals is not advised by the authors. It is important to eat three regular meals daily, and appropriate snacks are allowed.

Moderation in portion size is also encouraged.

Late night snacking is not allowed. Eating at night before going to bed only raises your insulin level and encourages cholesterol production.

Refined sugar, corn syrup, molasses, honey, sugared colas, and beer are forbidden.
Sugar Busters advocates is a low refined sugar, low white flour way of eating.

The diet does advise eating plenty of "good" carbohydrates. These include most fruits (apples, oranges, berries), vegetables, and products containing whole grains (i.e. Whole Wheat bread that doesn't contain sugar in the ingredient list). These carbohydrates do not cause your blood sugar level to rise nearly as much as the bad sugars do.

I am not really sure it is fair to refer to Sugar Busters as a fad diet. I have not tried the diet myself, but it appears to be a common sense, non restrictive healthy eating plan.

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