The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger by Brooke Alpert

The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger

Sugar is the new controlled substance. The average American consumes up to 31 pounds of sugar a year, and a diet high in sugar can cause diabetes, obesity, and many other health crises. Our excess intake of sugar, from the white stuff on the table to the high-fructose corn syrup hidden in packaged foods, is not only making us sick, it’s making us fat and aging our skin. No...

Title:The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger
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ISBN:0738216410
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger Reviews

  • Sarah Dauterive
    May 16, 2013

    Overall, I liked the book. It did tend to get really heavy in the science behind it all. Some other books in this same category I've read talk about the science parts which are important, but in a really concise way. For the audience the authors are trying to reach, it was just too much. I found myself skimming a lot of it because I was bored.

    I love the 4 week plan they came up with. It seems fairly easy to follow (although I already eat this way most of the time, so it may be harder for others)

    Overall, I liked the book. It did tend to get really heavy in the science behind it all. Some other books in this same category I've read talk about the science parts which are important, but in a really concise way. For the audience the authors are trying to reach, it was just too much. I found myself skimming a lot of it because I was bored.

    I love the 4 week plan they came up with. It seems fairly easy to follow (although I already eat this way most of the time, so it may be harder for others), and includes some great recipes! I bookmarked several that I can't wait to try.

    They authors stress that this is a lifestyle, not a diet, which I think is great. I agree completely with them that sugar is the real problem with our diets. I would recommend this book for those looking to make long-term adjustments to their diets. The authors really make it easy for you to make some changes.

  • Stephanie F.
    Jun 10, 2013

    This book is a real eye opener for how much sugar is in your diet. I think the book offers a great plan for those ready to take action to become healthier. It takes in to account diet, exercise, and skin regimem and relates the scientific explanation behind each aspect of the sugar detox.

  • Nikki
    Oct 02, 2013

    This is a perfectly fine book - but a little on the basic side for me. I do appreciate the advice on the 3 day "detox" for getting sweet tooth cravings under control, but I found more helpful information in other books I've already read. I thing this would be a very decent resource for someone just starting to change their eating/exercise habits, but I'm more in the maintenance phase of now making sure I keep good habits so this is a book that I skimmed.

  • Amy
    Apr 05, 2015

    Sugar. We consume way too much of it as a nation. That’s why there’s an obesity problem and so many people develop Type 2 Diabetes. It’s an epidemic. I used to have a major sweet tooth but consciously reduced my sugar intake, even cutting out diet soda/soda two years ago. I read labels. Only use one teaspoon of cane sugar in my tea. I feel much better and don’t miss it.

    In this book, Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris, MD provide a sugar detox plan for people to reduce or eliminate sugar from the

    Sugar. We consume way too much of it as a nation. That’s why there’s an obesity problem and so many people develop Type 2 Diabetes. It’s an epidemic. I used to have a major sweet tooth but consciously reduced my sugar intake, even cutting out diet soda/soda two years ago. I read labels. Only use one teaspoon of cane sugar in my tea. I feel much better and don’t miss it.

    In this book, Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris, MD provide a sugar detox plan for people to reduce or eliminate sugar from their diets. They tell you what to avoid, what to eat and suggest meal plans. They provide detailed benefits on various nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. They also provide how sugar makes us sick, overweight and lacking energy.

    At least be more aware of what you’re putting into your body.

    --according to the CDC 1.9 million people aged 20 or older were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 and 27.1 million people are currently diagnosed with heart disease

    --Americans are eating 39% more sugar than 50 years ago!

    --the average sugar intake per person is 32 teaspoons. There’s 4g of sugar in one teaspoon. That’s a lot of sugar.

    --according to the USDA Americans’ average caloric intake increased by 25%

    --sugar AGES you. “The sugar that builds up in the blood and your body’s tissues has nowhere to go, so it attaches to proteins, lipids, and nucleic acid in a process call glycation. These sugar complexes formed by glycation, known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) . . . accelerate the aging process and contribute to age-related illness. AGEs cause cross-linking of such proteins as collagen and elastin that leave your muscles, tendons, and arteries stiff and your skin more wrinkled.”

    --A study published in the February 2012 Journal of Nutrition “suggests that fructose consumption might increase cardiovascular risk factors simply because it increases visceral fat (remember that’s the bad internal fat). The study also showed that fructose consumption contributes to inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes.”

    Some of the positive things to consume:

    Flaxseeds -- healthy impact on cardiovascular health and ability to lower cholesterol, “there is also new evidence that flaxseeds can improve blood sugar levels.” (I throw flaxseeds into my salads.)

    Chia seeds—high in protein, high fiber and omega-3 fatty acids

    Pistachio nuts—“European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming about 2 ounces of pistachios along with high-carbohydrate foods significantly lowered postmeal blood glucose response.”

    Thyme—and anti-inflammatory

    Blueberries—anti-aging properties

  • Tenaha Wilson
    May 09, 2015

    More complex than I Quit Sugar and certainly a great read after, or accompanying, Sarah Wilson's first book. Much more detail and great 3 day detox plans to get you back on track. I am now enjoying using the recipes at the back of the book.

  • Donna
    Jun 04, 2015

    This was chalk full of info, none of which you haven't already heard. But it is nice to have it all compiled in one place. Since I am in the quickly aging group, I found all of that info the most interesting and appreciated having it all in once place.

    As far as the diet portion of this book goes, if you have a love affair with sugar or even noncaloric sweeteners, then you might want to read this. But again, there is no new dietetic info.

    Overall, this is a good compilation of info......and it i

    This was chalk full of info, none of which you haven't already heard. But it is nice to have it all compiled in one place. Since I am in the quickly aging group, I found all of that info the most interesting and appreciated having it all in once place.

    As far as the diet portion of this book goes, if you have a love affair with sugar or even noncaloric sweeteners, then you might want to read this. But again, there is no new dietetic info.

    Overall, this is a good compilation of info......and it is all in one place.

  • Am Y
    Mar 08, 2016

    Didn't tell me anything new. There are numerous books, articles, news reports, pieces of research, etc already talking about the harmful effects of too much sugar; this book doesn't give any different information. It talks about how damaging sugar is and offers some substitute recipes for people who have problems weaning themselves off sugary foods. That is all.

  • Dianna Winget
    Dec 15, 2016

    This is an informative, helpful book! I already knew sugar was no good for me, but this book did a great job of explaining exactly why. I decided to try the 31 day detox program. I'm halfway through right now and have lost 6 pounds without feeling deprived or hungry. Now if I can just remember all the good things I've learned!


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