Sugar Busters reviewsSugar Busters is a weight loss plan and diet book that focuses on helping people drop excess pounds by cutting sugar out of their diet. More specifically, it focuses on eliminating high gylceimic index (GI) foods. The diet plan comes from H. Leighton Steward Morrison C Bethea, M.D., same S. Andrews, M.D., and Luis A. Balart, M.D.

Sugar Busters concentrates on the elimination of “bad” (simple) carbohydrates, such as refined grains and simple sugars like white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour, etc. These are the kinds of carbs that are believed to boost blood sugar levels, which can set off insulin production and result in the body storing fat. What the diet does promote is the eating of “good” (complex) carbohydrates. These are foods that are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals and take longer to digest than the simple variety. Also, most of these carbs do not spike blood glucose levels at the same rate as simple carbs do. One of the main goals of this diet is to maintain steady blood glucose levels.

An example of foods that are acceptable while following Sugar Busters includes: most vegetables and fruits, whole grains (ex. whole grain bread, pasta, brown rice, etc.), fish and shellfish, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, eggs and nuts. Foods that are not allowed (or are limited) include: refined sugar, potatoes, white flour, white rice, white bread, candy, soda, baked treats (ex. cakes, donuts, cookies, etc.), corn, carrots, beets, pineapple, watermelon, parsnips, raisins and bananas. Artificial sweeteners can be used to replace sugar and alcohol is allowed (red wine in particular is favored) in moderation.

In addition to avoiding certain foods, Sugar Busters recommends dieters follow a 40% carb, 30% fat and 30% protein diet ratio. Food portions are to be reasonable and second helpings are not allowed. Dieters are encouraged to exercise when following this diet, but no exercise regimen is specifically recommended.

Sugar Busters can help you reduce the amount of sugar that you eat, which can help lower calorie consumption and lead to weight loss, especially if combined with regular exercise. The book contains useful information, recipes and tips for dieters. This weight loss program may be beneficial for diabetics or those with at a high risk of developing this health condition.

That being said, there is not clinical proof that following this diet will result in weight loss. Moreover, some people may find it challenging to follow. In addition, artificial sweeteners, such as NutraSweet, Equal and Sweet’N Low, are recommended instead of sugar, but research has suggested that artificial sweeteners are not better than sugar. While lower in calories, they may trigger high insulin levels, which can increase hunger and result in more fat storage. Therefore, it is possible that artificial sweeteners could actually cause more weight gain than weight loss.

Before following the Sugar Busters diet, you should first speak with your healthcare provider.