The Sugar Busters Diet is based on the belief that high levels of insulin - caused by eating cakes, sweets, and fizzy drinks and other foods - will encourage the body to store fat. Read our review for more.
It is widely acknowledged that in the western world most people consume far too many sweet things (approximately one pound per person per week). The Sugar Busters diet plan - which lasts for two weeks - gives clear guidelines on which foods to avoid. It consists of 30% protein, 40% fat, and 30% carbohydrates.
While on the Sugar Busters diet, red meat, poultry, fish can be consumed. Olive oil, dairy foods and nuts are allowed, together with certain other fruits and vegetables. However, carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, pasta, white bread, and white rice are banned, although small amounts of whole grain bread, and whole-wheat pasta are permitted.
Many health organisations are working hard to encourage people to eat less processed foods, whether or not they are seeking to lose weight, because of the general health benefits of incorporating fibre into meals. Therefore most medical experts would welcome the emphasis away from the heavily refined form of staples such as rice, pasta and bread. It is not clear, though, that the same kind of support would be given to the underlying theory as there is still an ongoing scientific debate on whether insulin causes weight gain in the way suggested.
Some foods are on the forbidden list even though they are not thought to have an impact on insulin levels. After a fortnight on this eating regime a positive outcome is likely though, as sweet foods are also notoriously high in calories.