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David Gillespie
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26 Sep 2013

Sugar is addictive and bad for us - The Sweet Poison Quit Plan by David Gillespie will to cure your sweet tooth

When David Gillespie cut sugar from his diet he lost 6 stone - and it kept it off. His secret was discovering that we're not designed to consume sugar and that unless we cut it out, any exercising or dieting we do is, ultimately, doomed to failure. His approach is plain and simple: eat what you like, when you like, but don't eat sugar.

The Sweet Poison Quit Plan tells you:

. How we each eat 2 pounds of added sugar a week (to counter-balance this keep the weight off you need to run 4.5 miles a day)

. How food manufacturers feed our addiction by adding sugar to non-sweet products

. How to remove sugar from your diet and eliminate its lifestyle habits

. How to interpret confusing labelling as you shop sugar-free

. How to make delicious sugar-free treats, from ice cream to brownies

Showing why we're addicted to sugar and packed with clear, easy-to-follow advice on how to break that addiction, David Gillespie's The Sweet Poison Quit Plan is the most straightforward and sustainable guide to losing weight and improving well-being you're ever likely to read. Start now!

David Gillespie is a recovering corporate lawyer, co-founder of a successful software company and consultant to the IT industry. 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.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0718179048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718179045
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,283 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing information! 23 Mar 2014
By Austin
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really eye opening and life changing advice 18 April 2014
By SHW
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and horrified 21 Jun 2014
By John Meanwood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was quite surprised to discover that slightly over 4g of the sugar in processed foods equals one teaspoon, so if you are eating a low fat yoghurt with 16g of sugar, that's nearly four teaspoons of sugar in that little pot. I was also surprised to learn that every bit of sugar that you put into your body is instantly turned into fat and stored somewhere in your body for use later (men: stomach & waist; women: bottom & thighs). Go to the gym, pound away on the treadmill for an hour, eat a pot of low fat yoghurt and you've just wasted that hour on the treadmill. No wonder you can never lose weight.

Even after finding all that out, do you know how difficult it is to throw away a tub of ice cream and a tube of Rolos? I kept taking them outside to the bin, looking at them longingly and then bringing them back inside. It took me two days! Addicted? Completely.

I'm now eating a form of Paleo diet, mainly a cooked breakfast at about 8am (bacon, eggs, black pudding, tomatoes) with perhaps an apple for lunch and steak or something similar for tea (I don't feel hungry until about 7pm). I also eat small portions of new potatoes (steamed) and beans with my tea for the carbohydrate & fibre. I then go for a walk and have an apple when I get back. I'm not too worried about the sugar I get from them because it's more natural, and I'm still losing weight.

This is a very good book for finding out the truth about sugar and how it is slowly killing you, and how you are so addicted to it you will keep eating it even though you know you will eventually get so fat your heart will burst and you'll die. If you saw someone die of lung cancer you would never smoke again, yet we know that every day thousands of people die from heart disease and other illnesses related to their addiction to sugar and yet we keep eating the stuff. Read this book now!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very helpful. 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars straight forward and eye opening. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivating anti sugar book!
Excellent and very motivating book about food and drinks without sugar. Since I started reading the vook three momths ago, sugar has been out of my diet. Read more
Published 6 days ago by sdk
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opener
Having decided to embark upon a sugar free journey I found this book to be easy to read and understand. Very well written book..
Published 8 days ago by Mytigerface
5.0 out of 5 stars Great,
Great book, easy to read, I read it in one sitting. plan seems easy to follow. still a wide range of foods you are able to eat, including buttered toast :) plan to start today,... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sarah Chittock
4.0 out of 5 stars its Ok if you area big sugar addicted
Well, I liked it overall but I'm not sure about the proper quality erase arch behind it.
I think we are all better off sugar but I'm not sure if this books gives enough... Read more
Published 15 days ago by LORENA ALONSO IGLESIAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and easy to cut out sugar!
I read this book two weeks before going on holiday and found it really easy to cut out all sugary foods. In two weeks off sugar I lost two and a half pounds. Read more
Published 15 days ago by klf
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow.
This is an easy to understand book that outlines the danger that is sugar. It goes on to provide a clearly defined programme for quitting sugar. Read more
Published 17 days ago by LorraineMacCann
4.0 out of 5 stars Written with humour and an understanding of what being hooked on sugar...
Very helpful although I haven't yet tried the recipes. Written with humour and an understanding of what being hooked on sugar feels like.
Published 17 days ago by M Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
I went cold turkey as I was reading this book. Two and a half weeks later (without sugar) I feel great! Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for sugarholics!
This is an excellent book and it will save your life.

Seriously, let's make sugar addiction a thing of the past, not only for our sake but for our children's sake. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars both brilliant
This book goes hand-in-hand with 'Sweet Poison', both brilliant books
Published 1 month ago by Fiona French
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