SUGAR BUSTERS DIET Overview Information
The Sugar Busters Diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein weight loss diet. It is based on a book published in 1995 by H. Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea, MD, and Luis Balart, MD.
Low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets such as the Sugar Busters Diet are extremely popular in North America. As many as one out of every eight North Americans has used this type of diet to lose weight.
How does it work?
The main strategy used by the Sugar Busters Diet is to eliminate or reduce “bad carbs,” carbohydrates that have a “high glycemic index.” High glycemic index foods raise blood sugar levels quickly after the food is eaten. Some people think that high glycemic index foods cause excessive insulin secretion resulting in fat accumulation, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other harmful outcomes. However, there continues to be significant debate and research to determine if a low glycemic index diet can actually prevent these outcomes.
The Sugar Busters Diet suggests avoiding foods such as white rice, white bread, pineapple, syrups, corn chips, potato chips, breaded foods, and sugary snacks. It recommends intake of 40% of daily calories from high fiber foods such as vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds; 30% of calories from low-fat protein sources such as lean meats, skinless chicken, or seafood; and 30% from fats.
The Sugar Busters Diet has a significantly lower overall glycemic index compared to the high- or moderate-carbohydrate diets. However, there is no scientifically reliable information to know if using this diet results in weight loss.
SUGAR BUSTERS DIET Side Effects & Safety
There is not enough reliable information to know if the Sugar Busters Diet is safe or what side effects, if any, it might cause.