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Brooke Alpert , Patricia Farris
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Book Description

2 Jan 2014

Sugar is the new controlled substance. More addictive than cocaine, the deadly white stuff has become the focus of health professionals worldwide who are highlighting the dangers of over-indulgence. And whilst we all know that a diet high in sugar can cause obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, it is now also linked to a wide range of other serious health conditions, such as poor brain development in children, cataracts - even Alzheimer's. Quite simply, our excess intake of sugar, from the spoonfuls we tip into our tea to the high levels of fructose hidden in packaged foods, is making us fat and sick, and is prematurely ageing our skin.

In Sugar Detox nutritionist Brooke Alpert and dermatologist Dr Patricia Farris provide a revolutionary plan which will limit excess blood sugar, slim your waistline and increase your energy levels. It will help you to recapture youthful skin and good health. The secret?

* A three-day detox sugar fix to rid your system of sugar and a three-day skin fix to pamper you on your journey to looking and feeling great

* A four-week eating plan, delicious recipes and menus to help you to lose - and keep off - unwanted pounds now and in the future

* A four-week skincare regime to fight the ageing process and keep your skin looking as youthful as ever.

This is an easy-to-follow plan for looking and feeling your best - and most importantly, it will break your sugar addiction once and for all.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857502565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857502568
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Numerous accolades from the authors' patients and customers speak to the efficacy and life-changing aspects of the programme." (Publishers Weekly)

"Fascinating research on the significant chemical impact of sugar on your skin and body" (Organic Spa Magazine)

About the Author

Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder of B Nutritious, and an up-coming star in the beauty and health field. She lives in New York. (

Patricia Farris, MD, FAAD, from Louisiana, is a clinical associate professor; her advice has appeared in the New York Times. (

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CONFRONTING THE ENEMY - SUGAR 23 Sep 2013
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I took this on to accompany someone who needed to shed some pounds for medical reasons, and therefore I wasn't going to make a big deal of it. However, as the pounds fell away very early on, I took it more seriously. Of course with all detox treatments, you have headaches and feel weaker than usual, but nothing that can't be handled.
As I moved from the initial detox to eating more, I noticed an increase in energy, which I at first attributed to the contrast with the first three days, but then I realised I actually did have more energy. And the pounds were flying off - and I am a tallish man and very far from overweight. My stomach flattened and I lost my craving for sugary highs. So when allowed fruit it tasted very sweet.
It takes some effort finding your way round the book as the index lacks detail, but once I got the hang of it I began improvising within the guide lines. By week three I had lost ten pounds.
After a month you have to rely on searching out the recipes from permitted foods, which takes more effort than the early weeks, but I now know what can and cannot be eaten and although I put back a few pounds when I started eating something approaching a normal( but sugar free) diet, after maintaining my weight level, I started losing again. I am now on week 8 and am 11 pounds lighter than when I started.

I would suggest reading about the permitted foods because knowledge helps, but otherwise I would say this is a useful book. I was never one hooked on sweet foods, or desserts, or chocolate(although chocolate is permitted)but I am even less so now.
A good book and one in keeping with the current thinking: SUGAR IS THE NEW VILLAIN. I would recommend it, if only to make people look again at their eating habits, and to be more discriminating in their choices.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sugar dump diet 19 Feb 2014
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I looked into the diet as I have health issues. I was already gluten and lactose free but still being contaminated through sugar (I'm coeliac). This was really easy to follow, and for me quite simple. As I didn't need to cut bread/cakes/pastries from my diet, it wasn't a chore doing the three day detox. Three weeks later, I have no sugar cravings whatsoever, my appetite is greatly diminished due to not having the sugar push to eat. I finally understand why people who don't have a sweet tooth can be slim: they don't have the drive to eat.

The book is laid out in a functional way, and although written primarily for an American audience loses little in translation. The same applies to us fat Brits as anyone else: dump the sugar, dump the weight. I like the little vignettes scattered through it, offering examples and testimonials from real people.

I know it's all a bit 'on trend' to follow the latest diet, whatever it is. However this book has changed my life. Losing the sugar, glucose and fructose from my life has turned it back to normal. Although I'll never go back to eating 'normally' again, at least I will be healthier for it. If you're coeliac and struggling to control your symptoms even after you've given up gluten, read this book and follow it for a month. Hopefully, it will change your life for the better too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me 10 Mar 2014
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At last I no longer crave sugar. I can walk past the pick and mix counter. I like the fact I can snack on nuts and not have to weigh everything I eat. I have lost 1 stone in 4weeks 3days. I would recommend it to anyone but you do need willpower for the first 3 days.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Great advice in this book, and is backed up by the latest hard science. It's a tough detox for a committed sugar addict - especially like me if you have a dislike of most veggies like me, this is no walk in the park.

The biggest annoyance about it, is no one has bothered to do a UK version of this book so instead we have American imperial measurements, references to food hard to find in British supermarkets (e.g. yams, summer squash) and list of approved products, most of which are unheard of in the UK. SO, you will have do a fair bit of googling in addition to this book to find their alternatives.

Also, warning chaps - a lot of this book (for some inexplicable reason) is blatantly aimed at women and there's a whole chapter on face masks! RIGHT! And all the case studies are from women too.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way to diet 3 Sep 2013
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On reading this book before embarking on the recommended eating programme, the nutrition advice seemed very sensible. Cutting out most things containing sugar has worked for me and I would encourage anyone wanting to lose weight to read this book first.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant nutritional information 22 Sep 2013
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Best diet/healthy eating book I've ever bought! Packed full of interesting information from start to finish. 100% recommend this to everyone.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar 4 Jan 2014
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An unbelievable book fully illustrating the damage sugar can do to our bodies. Well worth reading if you have any concerns of sugar addiction
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can you look at sugar again? 5 July 2013
By I. Darren TOP 1000 REVIEWER
For quite a time now we have generally been aware that "we", both individually and as a society, are probably consuming too much sugar. Sugar seems to be everywhere and it is a bigger problem than just adding a spoonful over our cereals or into our hot drinks.

Just five words, taken from the book's marketing materials, put things perfectly into context. "Sugar is the new controlled substance". The term "controlled substance" is often used to describe an illegal drug such as heroin. Maybe, whilst not making it illegal, we should control our use of sugar a little better, particularly when you learn that the average (which means that many use a LOT more!) American consumes up to 31 pounds (14.09kg) of sugar a year.

This book sets out to educate, inform and hopefully help change your diet and lifestyle. The usual health risks from sugar such as diabetes and obesity are well known, the source of many sugars and the side effects of over-consumption such as ageing our skin are less known. The authors, nutritionist Brooke Alpert and dermatologist Patricia Farris, believe that they have a "revolutionary programme" that will get the sugar out of your diet to recapture youthful skin and good health, help shrink your tummy and generally overhaul you. A three-day detox programme is said to provide the kick start your body needs. Now it is outside the scope of this review to give medical advice or provide a controlled review of their claims, yet certainly many of the author's claims appear to be quite valid and persuasive.

Designed to limit the amount of extra blood sugar, slim your waistline, increase your energy levels, and improve your skin - this combined approach to nutrition and skin care will make you feel--and look--better than you ever have before. The secret?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard going!
This book told me nothing I didn't know already and it was hard going!
Published 9 days ago by granny biker
5.0 out of 5 stars felt much better and lost 4 puonds - I need instance reuslts ...
Can def recomend this book - i tried the 3 day detox, felt much better and lost 4 puonds - I need instance reuslts in order to kick start a diet so worked a treat.
Published 20 days ago by susan smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not for me
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for information but it won't change your life
I started to read this and there seem to be some good ideas, such as the initial 3 day cold turkey from any sugar products. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Jacqueline Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars worth trying
like any change in eating habits, it requires some commitment, and it's not easy.
Giving up fruit was the most difficult for me, although over time you can re-introduce them... Read more
Published 3 months ago by kim-champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fab book, lots of info re how we digest food groups, great meal plans and snack ideas - apple n peanut butter is my favourite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
Brilliant, but hard work and takes a lot of will-power. Very worth it though as the weight drops off, 2 stone lost in just a few weeks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Mary V. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you can follow instructions
Am thinking of sending back not what I expected . like all lazy people i want a diet to follow easily nothing wrong with service or packing
Published 5 months ago by M. Sparrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative book
Well written book, informative and clear. One of the easier to read self help books on the market. Just wish it came with willpower!
Published 5 months ago by D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This book really works! Love it!!
Have followed this book for the past 3 weeks and have lost half a stone in weight. Something i've not been able to do before.
Published 5 months ago by maxine power
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