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Sugar Busters is a diet plan that promises weight loss, as a result of removing refined sugar from the dietary plan. I had never heard of this diet before so I was intrigued to understand more about the theory behind it.
The Sugar Busters diet has been created by three doctors from New Orleans, Morrison C. Bethea, MD, Samuel S. Andrews, MD, and Luis A. Balart, MD and they explain how food is broken down in the body, and the insulin-glucagon reaction that occurs as a result of eating too much refined sugar products.
When someone has a meal that is high in refined sugars the sugar which is broken down into glucose molecules and released quickly into the blood. This reaction causes large amounts of insulin to be released from the pancreas to help the glucose to move into individual cells.
Any excess glucose in the blood is first converted to glycogen and then into fat stores. This occurs with sugary foods, breads, and pastas, cookies and cakes. However when someone eats a high protein meal and low sugar meal, then instead of having the high insulin response the other hormone, glucagon is released and creates a fat burning environment instead.
The foods that would promote this response are meats or poultry. The authors suggest this diet is good for diabetes especially because of its ability to help control blood sugar levels.
The diet then focuses on proteins and vegetables, and expects you to avoid sugary food, refined foods, breads, pastas, and fruits. The authors ask the participants to pay attention to portion sizes instead of counting calories.
However portion sizes and calories are usually related so smaller portions will create lower calories. Weight loss is a simple equation, with the number of calories taken in during one day being less than the number of calories burned in a day.
Smaller portions help create that scenario in the body, regardless of the type of food consumed. The average daily meal plan averages about 1,200 calories per day and that would cause most adults to lose weight.
Critics of the Sugar Busters diet are concerned about the high protein amounts that are offered in the diet.