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Sugar Busters
Published 03/30/2006 | Glycemic Index | Rating:

Cut sugar to trim fat. Thatís the novel approach behind the Sugar Busters program.  According to the physicians who created the concept, itís not fat or calories that contribute to obesity Ė itís an overabundance of the sweet stuff. Sugar causes the body to produce insulin, and too much insulin packs on the pounds. Check out your favorite snack or salad dressing and itís likely high in sugar, especially if it bears the fat-free or low-fat label.

Thatís not to say you have to cut out all sugar when following Sugar Busters. Instead youíll follow an eating program that works to lower insulin levels by largely consuming low-glycemic foods. A diet rich in high-fiber vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and some dairy helps keep insulin levels regulated.

Among the foods that Sugar Busters has on their hit list are: potatoes, corn, beets, chips, cakes, candy bars, cookies, white rice, white bread, white pasta. These are all foods that cause blood sugars to spike, which notifies the body to produce insulin. With the increase of insulin, the body stores fat.

Instead of doing away with entire food groups, Sugar Busters advocates eliminating processed foods, fast foods, high-fat and high-sugar foods, which all have adverse effects on the body. There is also an emphasis on portion control.  

It is also important to drink six to eight glasses of water a day when following Sugar Busters!
The creators of the plan also stress that eating right before bed raises insulin levels and encourages cholesterol production which occurs when youíre asleep. Twenty minutes of exercise, four days a week is also recommended. 

The plan breaks down to 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat, a ratio that is found in the Zone and the G.I. Diet. Following the Sugar Busters plan reduces the risk of diabetes, hypertension and vascular disease.

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