First it was fat — now it's sugar. But does limiting sugar intake affect weight loss as much as we think it does? This week, Shape takes a look at the latest low-sugar diet, which promises a 20-pound weight loss in as little as two weeks.
Just when things seem quiet on the diet front, a new book is released. The latest to catch my attention is Jorge Cruise’s The 100: Count Only Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks. As I read the book’s front jacket, I became skeptical. How about promoting slow, gradual healthy weight loss, which is one to two pounds per week, like the majority of nutrition experts would agree on? A red flag was immediately raised, but I continued to read on anyway.
Cruise bases his entire book on the claim that "insulin is the main regulator of fat storage and mobilization, and we secrete insulin primarily in response to the carb content of the diet. The more carbs and the less fat, the more insulin you secrete and this affects weight." He groups almost all carbohydrates together into one group, regardless of fiber content or natural sugar vs. added sugar, and counts the calories from them.
Cruise allows 100 sugar calories per day, calculated by multiplying the grams of carbohydrates in a food item by four. For easy access, there is a list in the book of the most popular foods and a list of foods that are free, meaning you don't count those calories. He suggests that you can eat these 100 "sugar calories" any way you want to — but he also recommends keeping them to the end of the day so you don’t go over. Which, by the way, is really easy to do, especially if a medium apple, for example, will cost you 99 calories, a nonfat plain yogurt 52 calories, and a half cup of black beans 92 calories.
Find out if this diet is here to stay or just another fad after the break!