The Sugar Busters Diet

If you are trying to lose weight, one diet to consider is the sugar busters diet. While it has some similarities to other diets (such as the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the diabetic diet, and the low carb diet), the sugar busters diet is much simpler to follow. According to the sugar busters diet, you can trim fat simply by cutting sugar from your diet.

What Makes the Sugar Busters Diet Work

Foods that are high in sugar increase glucose levels in the blood stream quickly, causing a spike in blood sugar levels. This spike in blood sugar stimulates the pancreas to release too much hormone insulin. When too much hormone insulin is released, the body is not able to convert that glucose into glycogen, which produces energy.  Instead, the body will store the excess glucose as fat. This fat can end up around your belly, on your thighs, or other unwanted places.

To minimize the storage of excess fat on your body, the sugar busters diet eliminates all sweets made with refined sugar, and even some carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables that have a high sugar content. Unlike most popular diets, the sugar busters diet does not count calories. The authors of the sugar busters diet believe that what you eat is more important than how much you eat, but they do recommend eating only moderate portions of nutritious foods that don’t have a high sugar content.

What Not to Eat

Some of the foods that are eliminated from sugar busters diet are surprising, because they are not typically thought of as fattening foods. Because foods such  potatoes, baked beans, corn, white rice, bread made out of refined flower, beets, and carrots are high in sugar content, you should not eat them while you are on the sugar busters diet. You should also avoid more obvious foods that are high in sugar such as:

  • corn syrup
  • molasses
  • beer
  • soft drinks
  • all other foods made out of refined sugar

What To Eat

To follow the sugar busters diet, you should instead eat vegetables that are high in fiber, whole grains, lean meats, and certain fruits. The diet also recommends using oils that are high in monosaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, and low in saturated fats when you cook or bake. The sugar busters diet recommends eating three moderate meals every day, with snacks such as fruit and nuts in between meals. Fruit should be eaten with nuts so your body can absorb the protein and healthy fats from the nuts, with the carbohydrates and nutrients from the fruit.

Specifically, the sugar busters diet recommends eating the following types of meats:

  • lean beef and pork
  • Canadian bacon
  • poultry
  • fish
  • shellfish

It also recommends eating the following high-fiber vegetables:

  • beans
  • lentils
  • peas
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • squash
  • zucchini
  • mushrooms
  • asparagus
  • artichokes
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • cucumbers
  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • eggplant
  • onions

Fruits that the sugar busters diet recommends include:

  • apples
  • lemons
  • limes
  • pears
  • cherries
  • raspberries
  • kiwis
  • grapefruits
  • apricots
  • tomatoes
  • oranges
  • tangerines

If you decide to embark on the sugar busters diet, be prepared to view sugar as the enemy!

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