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Sugar Busters Diet Review

Is it really possible to give up one of the most addictive ingredients?

Review overview


Since 1998, sugar cutting diets have flown off the shelf, starting with “Sugar Busters! Cut the sugar to Trim Fat” by authors, H. Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea M.D., Sam Andrews M.D., and Luis Balart M.D. The Sugar Busters Diet is also a low calorie weight loss plan that has people give up all refined sugars in hopes of helping them lose weight. The book contains a list of every item of food and every drink that people need to avoid to have success on the diet. [1]

Since this diet cuts out refined sugars and heavy starches, it's an overall beneficial diet. It doesn't cut out major important food groups like fruits, veggies, and proteins that positively impact your overall health. It also focuses on reducing your intake of processed foods and foods higher GI that can raise your blood sugar. [3]

How the Sugar Busters Diet Works

Like most other extreme diets, the Sugar Busters Diet seems to ask far too much of dieters. You’ll be given guidelines of foods to eat or avoid. You'll have to let go of eating white potatoes, white rice, white bread, white flour, corn, beets, soda, candy, baked goods, and refined sugar. Most people seem willing to make multiple changes in their daily diets in order to shed pounds, but it can be a struggle for most cutting out all of their favorite foods; especially all at once. The Sugar Busters Diet is the type of weight loss system that many people will attempt, but very few of them will make it their permanent diet.[2]

Exercise While on Sugar Busters Diet

All types of exercises are highly approved and encouraged but it is left to the dieters discretion whether you want to implement it. This can range from daily walks to training for triathlons, but any additional workouts you add into your schedule (that are approved by a trainer or physician) will also help in weight loss. [2]

Do Dieters Lose Weight On Sugar Busters Diet

Since the Sugar Busters Diet does force people to cut down to close to 1,000 calories per day, they should expect to lose some weight. Of course, the second they decide to give up on this diet because it is so difficult, then chances are the weight they lost will come right back.The Sugar Busters Diet book does recommend that dieters exercise, but they don’t have any specific workouts for people to do. That makes this an incomplete diet plan since anyone who wants to maximize their weight loss will have to find a whole other program that includes an exercise program. [4]


The typical dieter will have a very tough time sticking with the Sugar Busters Diet because of all of its restrictions. Most people do enjoy a lot of foods with sugar in them, so it will be very tough to give them all up permanently. On top of that, since the diet also makes people give up beer, they will even have to be picky when they go out to a bar or over to friends’ houses. That just makes a tough diet even tougher since it affects every area of a dieter’s life. [4]


One of the pros of this diet program is that you won’t have to worry about membership costs or fees.  Diet protocol can easily be found online but it will most likely be helpful to have the book with proper guidelines and recipes. [3]

The biggest con for the diet is that there is very little to like about the Sugar Busters Diet since it asks far too much of people without actually being a complete weight loss program. Even if people are able to lose weight after spending $25 on the book, there is a very good chance that they will give up soon after they start, simply because the Sugar Busters Diet is far too difficult to implement long term.



Review overview


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*Individual results will vary.

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Written by Mackenzie Mealey

Mackenzie Mealey

My name is Mackenzie Mealey and I’ve had a love for the health and fitness field since I was 13. I grew up in Scottsdale, AZ for 23 years with my parents and 2 sisters and attended Paradise Valley Community College to obtain my Nutrition and Dietetics Degree. Life had some other plans that lead me to move up by extended family where I also met my significant other and we get to hike, ride our motorcycles and take care of our 2 dogs. In the last 5 years I developed several food allergies which has driven me to further pursue my knowledge in the food and health field around us to help educate those around me on how to better themselves.

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