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Level of Effort: Medium

You don’t have to count calories or weigh your food, but you do have to watch portion sizes.

Limitations: Until you’re familiar with the acceptable foods, you may need a copy of the book nearby whenever you're ready to eat or cook.

Cooking and shopping: The book has recipes and simple food-preparation tips for grilling fish, assembling sandwiches, and combining healthy foods for meals. Stay away from processed pre-packaged foods, since many contain hidden sugar.

Packaged foods or meals: Not required.

In-person meetings: No.

Exercise: Strongly recommended, although how you choose to stay fit is up to you.

Does It Allow for Dietary Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians or vegans: If you avoid animal products, Sugar Busters! isn't for you. The authors want dieters to eat at least some animal protein.

Low-fat diet: The author steers readers away from the typical low-fat, high-carb diet that can be high in refined sugars. The diet requires you to get 30%-40% of calories from fat. But it aims for fewer saturated fats, low-fat dairy products, and lean cuts of meat.

Low-salt diet: You can try Sugar Busters! if you're on a salt-restricted diet. Too much salt can be bad for your heart, and the authors warn that salt is often added to processed foods. They suggest that you don't need to add salt to your food when cooking. But you'll still need to check the sodium on food labels.

What Else You Should Know

Cost: None beyond your shopping.

Support: There are no official coaches to motivate you, but there's an online forum on the Sugar Busters! official web site. The authors also tell readers how to form Sugar Busters! support groups.

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