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Can anyone tell me about the Suger Busters diet?

  1. Feb 12, 2008 #1
    I'm needing to dig up any dirt on it in order to verify whether or not something my teacher said is true. Is the Sugar Busters diet bad? Does it eliminate too much sugar and carbs? I was on it and it worked. But I'm worried that continued research and testing might have proved it not to be suitable for everyone.

    Please help!
     
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  3. Feb 12, 2008 #2

    DaveC426913

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    There's really no way to get a solid answer on such a question, except that:

    - All diets are some sort of compromise. All positive comments about a diet will say that the benefits outweigh the hazards, and all negative comments will say that the hazards are too great for the benefits.

    - no diet is without risk

    - no diet is suitable for everyone.

    - In general, diets are only half (or less) of the equation to losing weight - the other half is increasing one's metabolism through exercise.


    All you can expect is opinions.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2008 #3

    mgb_phys

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    I came up with a really good diet.
    On monday/wednesday/friday you exercise more and eat less.
    On Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday you eat less and exercise more.
    Then on sunday you take these special sugar pills that I can sell you for $LOTS
     
  5. Feb 12, 2008 #4
    If you eliminate too many carbs, your brain gets angry, since it needs carbs to function. Lot of people report being fatigued due to the Atkin's diet (which apparently reduces carbs). If this is similar and you go too overboard, then you can expect the same.

    Furthermore, Dave pointed out that you need to exercise. If you want to exercise, you need carbs. It'll be hard for you to do much if you don't have the fuel for it.

    Lastly, you have to look at calories. Lots of foods high in carbs are actually high in calories. Things like junk food, sodas, etc. If you eliminate THOSE carbs, you are eliminating a boatload of calories, which IS good.

    I'm on a diet myself, but mine is as simple as reducing all junk food as much as possible. I noticed that tiny amounts of junk food have huge amounts of calories. If you stay away from those, you eliminate a lot of calories from your diet in a safe way.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2008 #5

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    This is good advice. The biggest problem with diets that lead to quick weight loss is that you gain it all right back when you stop the diet, and they AREN'T healthy to stay on long term.

    There are three problems the majority of people who are overweight have. One is that they simply eat too much of everything; simply cutting back portion sizes of your favorite foods could help a lot of people. Second, they eat too much "junk" food and sodas and high sugar juices and punches; snacks that are high in simple sugars and fats that pack on calories without much other nutritional benefit, and without really adequately making you feel full either, so you eat even more. Third, people don't exercise enough. Don't have time to go to the gym? No problem, park your car further out in the parking lot and walk the extra distance to the office, take stairs instead of elevators, when you go to a shopping center, park in one spot and walk to all the stores rather than moving your car every time you want to go to another store.

    The goal of a diet shouldn't be to lose weight just so you can put it back on again when you stop the diet. The goal should be to improve your eating habits long term. Your "diet" should be what you will be able to eat the rest of your life so you get thin and STAY thin.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2008 #6
    That's very good advice MB--

    I tried one time to explain that to a lady who asked about dieting once with the analogy of a three holed balloon.

    One hole you put water in, second hole was for the normal letting out of water, and the third hole was for letting steam out when the water got hot. I said the steam was like exercise. With less water going in, and keeping all other factors the same, the balloon will get smaller. More water, bigger. More steam (exercise), smaller.

    Either she didn't get it, or didn't want to get it.
     
  8. Feb 12, 2008 #7
    Well losing weight and maintaining it are slightly different. Losing weight is definitely harder, since you need a calorie deficiency. Staying thin is a bit easier once you are already there, since you can intake slightly more calories without seeing any effect, since you just need to break even.

    My goal right now is to lose a pound per week. Nothing major and I should reach my goal by summer. If you try to lose too much too fast, you burn out and even if you succeed, your body ends up with left over skin. Eww...

    Just remember, NOTHING tastes as good as thing feels. :D
     
  9. Feb 12, 2008 #8
    I don't know about the diet, but I do know when I reduced carbs (mostly sugars) my health improved and I felt a lot better during the day. I've pretty much eliminated sweets from my diet. Minus a few serving of fresh fruit.
     
  10. Feb 12, 2008 #9
    I'm on a Skittles diet right now
     
  11. Feb 12, 2008 #10

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    I'm not sure what specifically the Sugar Busters diet includes. If someone's carb intake is mostly white bread, donuts, sugar-laden cereals (of the cocoa puff variety), bottles of soda and big glasses of apple juice, then yeah, it's a benefit to cut that stuff out. But, what really concerned me was diets like Atkins (and I think they revised it to take this out since then, since it was too ridiculously unhealthy) where they would tell you not to eat even whole fruits as carbs. It went completely overboard and eliminated even healthy foods from the diet.

    If you eat complex carbohydrates, in reasonable portions (you shouldn't be eating a loaf of bread a day), you'll feel much better than if you have a lot of simple sugars in your diet. Anyone with kids can appreciate best the "sugar crash" when someone has too much simple sugars and then about an hour later the rush is over and you are ready to sleep (and kids get super cranky). And, of course, once you get that sugar crash, all you want to do is lie around like a blob and do nothing, which means you're less active, probably are going to crave some more sugar to perk yourself back up, and repeat the vicious cycle.

    If someone really wants to change their eating habits for the better, I recommend investing in a decent kitchen scale. Our sense of portions has become so distorted that I think you need something objective like a scale to help figure out how much to make of things. Of course, you'll be miserable if you immediately switch from eating whatever large amount of food has you gaining weight right down to proper, healthy portions, just because you need time to get used to those smaller portions. I'd recommend serving out what you'd normally eat, weigh it, figure out how many portions it REALLY is, and splitting the difference between that and a healthy diet (i.e., calculating out actualy calories and balancing nutrients according to the serving sizes on labels of things). And keep progressively doing that over a few weeks or months, depending on how far you have to go, and that way you get yourself used to smaller portions without completely feeling starved.
     
  12. Feb 12, 2008 #11

    jim mcnamara

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    MB - there is also the glycemic index problem. The sweet junk food you mentioned has a high glycemic load because of goodies like high fructose corn syrup, whereas more normal foods have lower glycemic loads.

    Long term high glycemic loads in the diet are one of the main precursors to type II diabetes. I had a colleaque who viewed this kind of food/diet as a public heath threat.
    He studied the Navajo Reservation population and predicted 30%+ adults would be NIDDM patients there by 2000. He was right on.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2008 #12

    DaveC426913

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    Careful with this though - you would be astomished to find out how many supposedly healthy foods are just as bad as junk. Look at how much sugar, fat and calories are in supposedly healthier choices such as crackers, granola bars, muffins, bagels, etc.
     
  14. Feb 12, 2008 #13
    I don't eat those, either. When I mean "junk food" I mean everything that is pre-packaged, essentially. The prepackaged things I do eat (like dairy and cereal), I do check like you recommended.

    Yeah, I was surprised how many calories a simple granola bar has. It would take like 3 of those to be a decent snack for me, which is like 400 Calories, way more than needed for a simple snack.
     
  15. Feb 12, 2008 #14

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    Yeah, I have some cereal bars (not granola bars) that are 90 calories each. This sounded decent until I opened them and realized how much sugar they've drizzled on them. They are a tasty snack, and I enjoy them as the occasional dessert, but I keep thinking, wouldn't it be so much better if more of those 90 calories came from cereal instead of from sugar frosting? It's actually hard to find granola bars anymore. I mean, there are lots of bars in the cereal aisle with granola in them, but they aren't what I think of as a granola bar. They have sugar and chocolate and marshmallows and peanut butter chips and frosting and very little granola. Granola bars didn't used to be sweet unless you got ones with some raisins in them, and they used to be dense, chewy things, not these fluffy, sticky things.
     
  16. Feb 12, 2008 #15

    DaveC426913

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    This is brilliant! It opens up a heretofore unrealized third option!

    Don't change the water in, don't change the steam out, but widen that second hole - and poof! the balloon gets smaller!

    I'll be back after I've done some experimenting...
     
  17. Feb 12, 2008 #16

    Moonbear

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    You might need to check out the Almighty Cleanse thread in S&D. :biggrin: Actually, this is precisely the approach bulemics use.
     
  18. Feb 13, 2008 #17
    I know that eliminating sweets is a good diet choice. Some foods high in carbs like whole grains are important to your health though.
     
  19. Feb 13, 2008 #18

    DaveC426913

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    Yes though I think as Moonbear points out, simply reducing the portion sizes is a highly underrated technique to achieve weight loss.

    I may use wholegrain bread for my sandwiches, but when I make two at a time, 400 calories is still 400 calories.
     
  20. Feb 13, 2008 #19
    ^^true but it is all how those 400 calories are processed in the body^^

    do it natural, 1 hours workout a day, working different muscle groups, eat healthier foods, and I am willing to bet that you will drop a good 10-20 pounds in a month
     
  21. Feb 13, 2008 #20
    Yes, what kind of Calories you get is pretty important. If you get pure saturated fats and simple sugars, your body won't do much with it. Whole grains are awesome and if you are going to work it off later, they are a great source of carbs.

    Avoid plain white bread, though. Bleah.

    What also helps is spreading your meals out. Instead of eating 3 meals with big portions, eat 6 with smaller ones spread out throughout the day. It will boost your metabolism, so you'll end up burning more calories throughout the day.
     
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