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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718179048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718179045
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, former co-founder of a successful software company and investor in several software startups.

He is also the father of six young children (including one set of twins). With such a lot of extra time on his hands, and 40 extra kilos on his waistline, he set out to investigate why he, like so many in his generation, was fat.

He deciphered the latest medical findings on diet and weight gain and what he found was chilling. Being fat was the least of his problems. He needed to stop poisoning himself.

His first book, Sweet Poison, published in 2008 is widely credited with starting the current Australian wave of anti-sugar sentiment. His most recent book, Toxic Oil, takes the arguments in Sweet Poison and extends them to the widespread use of seed oils in the modern diet.

In his next book, Free Schools, David applies his investigative skills to solving one of the other great problems every parent knows well - how to choose the best school for their kids.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By SHW on 18 April 2014
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This book was a revelation to me. I am 53 years old always exercised and tried to eat healthily but finding my weight was always creeping up. I now understand why thanks to this book. The Sugar we eat turns straight into fat and is addictive. I was always hungry and I've now realised why. Since I have stopped eating a lot of the foods that are full of sugar (I thought were good for me), such as diet yoghurts, so called healthy cereals to name a few, I am no longer hungry all the time and consequently eating less. For the first time in my life I feel in control. I am eating more than I did previously and I have lost 10 pounds, putting me at a weight I am happy with and I am maintaining. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is intelligent and well written and easy to understand. The food industry has been adding more and more sugar to our food for years to try and make us eat more of it. They should be ashamed of themselves and are to blame for a lot of the weight problems of ordinary people.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Q-ELL B. on 3 May 2014
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Having been aware of the dangers of sugar for sometime, and having tried to lose weight and get in shape the conventional way - diet and exercise - it became apparent to me that the conventional wisdoms of diet and exercise - it is my profession after all! - were not going to work. Chancing upon this book, whilst looking for another, I am glad that I took the time to read it. Gillespie explains, in layman's terms, exactly the negative impact of sugar. There is - refreshingly - no impossible to follow rules or doctrines. No guilt ridden, browbeating, rhetoric. The author makes the assumption that the reader is not a moron and can follow - or not - the advice and information provided. AND it is UK based so there is not a whole slew of mentions of products I've never heard of! Perfect.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Austin on 23 Mar. 2014
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I've been looking at ways to lose weight and become increasingly distrustful of the advice I was getting. Diets have been proven not to work long-term over and over and yet it's the same information that gets churned out over and over. Low fat (high sugar), High protein (low carbs - including fruit and veg). It generally revolves around giving up on one food group and doesn't work long term. Exercise 5 times a week. If it doesn't work it must be because you're a glutton, lazy, weak willed, no self- respect...
The information that seemed to add up to me is 'The Food Doctor', Ian Marber (which is low sugar), 'I quit sugar' Sarah Wilson and now this book which seems to be the final piece in the puzzle for me.

David Gillespie is or was a lawyer and has approached this from the viewpoint of gathering evidence for a case. I hadn't meant to give up sugar but I had been reducing the amount I was eating. The reason for dieticians and nutritionists advising low fat and exercise seems to be based on some very superficial evidence. Sugar is probably the least useful food we eat and most processed food, especially low-fat, is riddled with it. There is growing evidence that sugar is linked to a lot of health problems and sugar is highly addictive. The evidence became so compelling I couldn't put the book down and I quit sugar 2 days ago (apart from the natural sugar found in fruit and some vegetables - I limit myself to one or 2 pieces of fruit a day.

The book starts by giving you the evidence (fairly detailed but well worth reading), then there's a step-by-step guide to giving up, followed by some recipes. I've gone cold turkey, but there are guidelines to gradually reducing. There's also a list of products to avoid and products that will fit the programme.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr Julian C Freeman on 20 Mar. 2013
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I always knew I was addicted to sugar but I had massively underestimated the reach and grip of fructose.
Gone cold turkey, applying "one day at a time" techniques.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Glover on 19 Jan. 2014
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Read it. Learn. Decide. Good luck. This is a huge decision to live and eat in a completely different way. It involves swimming against the mainstream which should not be underestimated. But if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, go for it!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Buttress on 13 Feb. 2014
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I quit sugar after reading this book. So far 5 weeks in I have lost 14lb without any other changes in lifestyle. I haven't become a gym bunny or changed anything else & I am not starving at all. I just cut out as much sugar as possible.
It's working for me, but we're all different. I believe sugar was my problem & I'd recommend it if you want to lose weight.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gail Jones on 21 Feb. 2014
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This is the best book I have found to help get you off the dreaded part of sugar, fructose. It explains what harm fructose does in the body and why we are all fighting our weight. The tables and graphs make it very easy to reduce your intake of fructose to less than a spoonful per day, the weight just falls off and you are never hungry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By starrflowerr on 28 July 2015
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I started doing sugar free on 7th July 2015. I'm still at it 21 days later! I have lost 7lbs with around 4 and a half stones left to go - I expect it to take a year to reach my goal. I have tried most diets – the majority unsuccessfully in the long term as is the way with diets. The sugar free approach, as Gillespie points out, has to be attitudinal – it’s about a better way of living and eating for ever. Just don’t eat sugar. The cravings will disappear and you won’t need it.

I got the book on about the 9th July – after I’d started - and it confirmed and supported much of what I already knew - sugar was killing me: slow reactions, lethargic, emotional, overly anxious, craving and needing food all the time, unable to focus properly or concentrate on the tasks in hand. Now I eat what I want and as much of it as I want as long as it's sugar free. I have had some diet drinks just to give me a bit of a sugary burst but I don’t intend to have lots of them. I can keep a little sugary stuff for my daughter in the house, but not much and certainly not anything chocolat-y as I will scoff it on the spot. I have gone cold turkey - pretty much - and that's the way forward for me.

Sugar is added to so many food products including innocent-seeming savoury snacks; so if you're going to do this then check food product ingredients religiously as you may find it lurking in there. It's back to basics with food. I also have the I Quit Sugar book but the author is an advocate of Stevia and Rice Malt Syrup and I think as, David Gillespie, points out that Stevia certainly is dangerous and promotes the insulin response; but the I Quit Sugar book does have some interesting recipes.
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