4 Ways to Understand How Sugar Busters Works

1. No Insulin Production Equals Weight Loss

According to Sugar Busters, sugar is toxic. By eliminating refined sugar as well as fruits and vegetables with a high sugar content, you lose weight. Food that raises your blood glucose too quickly causes an excessive amount of insulin production, which leads to stored fat. Carbohydrates convert to glucose quickly, so you must follow a low-carb, high-protein and high-fiber diet to lose weight. Sugar Busters does not encourage calorie or carb counting, but rather suggests avoiding ingredients like potatoes, corn, molasses, honey and carrots, among others. It works by limiting sugar intake.

2. Check the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index (GI) catalogs how quickly an item causes a person’s blood sugar to rise. Foods high in sugar and starch lead the list. When choosing foods for the Sugar Busters diet, you may look at the GI for help. However, the diet itself does not rely on these numbers alone.

3. Sugar Busters Restricts Very Little

As far as weight-loss plans go, Sugar Busters offers very few restrictions, which can make it hard to understand. It suggests avoiding certain vegetables, eating fruits on an empty stomach and avoiding sweets. The meal plans listed in the official books (most recently “The New Sugar Busters”) contain just 1,200 calories, but at no point does the diet ask you to count calories. Rather than strictly controlling your calorie and fat intake, the diet asks you to understand how food affects your body and its blood sugar level. It basically teaches you to eat a healthy diet.

4. Small Portions Mean Fewer Calories

Following the Sugar Busters meal plan found in “The New Sugar Buster” book allows you about 1,200 calories a day. On the surface, any diet that contains so few calories will cause a healthy person to lose weight. Of course, Sugar Busters advocates not counting anything, leaving you to correctly guess your portion size and calorie intake when not following sample recipes. Taking an average-size dinner plate, you should fill the plate once without stacking or spilling. Sure, some foods contain more calories and carbohydrates than others, while still falling within the guidelines of the diet. Ideally, any extra calories come from healthy carbohydrates and proteins rather than fatty snacks. In general, if you eat small portions of healthy food, this diet should work for you.