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

Brooke Alpert , Patricia Farris
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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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,921 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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22 of 25 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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20 of 23 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple lifestyle solution 23 Sep 2014
I agree wilth most comments. Even the "negative" comments on poor editing and lack of depth.

However - I have researched the effect of sugar on our bodies from many perspectives. I also learned a lot from my friend Adrienne du Toit who is a Medical Doctor. I am healed from grade III cancer, so I was already very well informed when I worked through the book. The depth will only be a problem for those are well informed. For the novice - it gives EXCELLENT information and guidance without overloading / overwhelming the reader.

Even the editing is refreshing - it jumps between diet, skincare and other vital information. It constantly reminds you that the problem with sugar is not only about dieting / weightloss. It has an effect on your whole body.

What makes the book excellent for me also is the holictic approach ( Diet And Ageing). It is simple and extremely easy to follow. This book is not for people that are overweight only. It is for everyone who wants a simple lifestyle solution that would improve the overall quality of your life.

My husband needs help quickly and he could start to apply the principes from page 1 on the day that we opened the book.

I have a library of Diet books- this one is really excellent. If you need help fast and want it to last, get. the book and get started as soon as possible.

Well done!

Kitryn Bouwer
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond that we have learned how to eat better and I think some of this...
So, the Sugar Detox, does it work? My hubby and I are into week 5 of this plan, to date Hubby has lost 20 lbs and I have lost 12 lbs. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Julie C Notts
4.0 out of 5 stars More addictive than heroin
Everyone interested in their health should at least glance at this book. Then they might like to stroll around their supermarket and check how many food products contain added... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tom Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very topical really good book
Published 1 month ago by yvonnet
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard going!
This book told me nothing I didn't know already and it was hard going!
Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by susan smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not for me
Published 2 months 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 months ago by Mrs. Mary V. Wood
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