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Sugar Busters™ Diet

This diet, like high protein diets, is based on the belief that sugar is the cause of many health woes. The proponents of sugar buster diet blames obesity on the insulin that is secreted in response to sugar.  According to sugar busters, refined sugar found in cakes, candies, and sodas as well as potatoes, white flour and pasta, is toxic. Eating these types of foods causes the body to produce increased amounts of the hormone insulin, which leads to increased amounts of body fat and weight. The diet gives clear guidelines on which foods to avoid.

Prohibited Foods

There are only a few things you cannot eat on this diet. They are the carbohydrates that cause an intense insulin secretion.

Eliminate potatoes, corn, white rice, bread from refined flour, beets, carrots, refined sugar, corn syrup, molasses, honey, sugared colas, and beer.

Allowed Foods

Eat fruit by itself. 
The list of foods allowed on this diet is extensive.

Sugar Busters: Typical Menu

Breakfast 
Orange or 1/2 grapefruit 
Hot oatmeal
Coffee or tea

Lunch
Turkey and Swiss cheese on rye, whole-grain, or pumpernickel bread with mustard and/or thinly spread lite mayonnaise, lettuce, and tomato
Diet drink, tea or water 
Snack: One dozen grapes.

Dinner
Ground beef cooked in no-added-sugar tomato sauce
Whole-wheat pasta sprinkled with Romano or Parmesan cheese 
Steamed fresh yellow or spaghetti squash and/or zucchini 
Romaine lettuce salad with fresh snow peas, roasted pine nuts, and a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, a little chopped garlic, basil, and a dash of Creole mustard. 
Water

Dessert
No-sugar-added (sugar-free) yogurt or ice cream

Pro

Excess sugar is bad. Diabetes can cause lot of health complications. Sugar also lowers HDL,  "the good cholesterol." So, controlling sugar intake is a good healthy practice. Sugars are "empty calories" and cause people to be satisfied calorie-wise before they have eaten enough vegetables and fruit.

Con

The value of lowering sugar as a weight control technique is questionable. "Sugar Busters Diet" works temporarily by reducing calories. Unfortunately, most people cannot do this for a long period of time. So, they gain the weight right back.

Lumping whole foods such as potatoes, corn, and carrots with the "forbidden" sugars makes no nutritional sense.

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