Book Review: The Sugar Detox by Brooke Alpert and Patricia Farris
January 11, 2014 17 Comments
The publisher says: “Sugar is the new controlled substance. The average American consumes up to 31 pounds of sugar a year, and a diet high in sugar can cause diabetes, obesity, and many other health crises. Our excess intake of sugar, from the white stuff on the table to the high-fructose corn syrup hidden in packaged foods, is not only making us sick, it’s making us fat and aging our skin.
Now, nutritionist Brooke Alpert and dermatologist Patricia Farris team up in this revolutionary program that helps get the sugar out of your diet to recapture youthful skin and good health. 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? A three-day detox plan to get the sugar out of your system and get you on the path to eating and living the healthiest way possible.“
The Sugar Detox: What I thought
I have a problem with this book, and that’s all my own fault. This is not a book for me. Why I chose to review it is beyond me. Detox? No way! Sounds scary and even dangerous. How can it be healthy to starve yourself? I would never buy a book on detoxing and I think I asked to review it because of the Sugar part of the title. I expected a book warning me about the dangers of sugar (this book does that, actually) and telling me how those big bad food companies keep me addicted to sugar. But a diet book is not something I expected. As I said, my fault, because it says Detox on the cover clearly enough.
Anyway, had this been a book for me, then I think I would have praised it into the skies – well, except for one thing, which I will mention later. The book is clear about why you might want to reduce your sugar intake. It even says so in the subtitle: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger. Now, don’t we all? It describes really well, in understandable technical terms, why sugar is bad for us, why it’s bad for our health, our weight, our skin, etc. Then it’s time for a 3-day detox in which you get to eat a total of about the same number of calories as I consume in snacks per hour. After this, there is a 4-week plan to slowly add some foods with natural sugars back into your diet, after which you should feel great and should have lost weight. There are also recipes in the back of the book.
I think if I wasn’t so dubious about detoxes and if I didn’t have a family that needs food too, I might try it, just for fun and to see if it really does what it says on the cover. Yes, I could involve my family and get them on the meal plan. But hey, the book promises me that I will feel irritable with head aches for those first few days – I couldn’t handle the wrath of my family at the same time. So, they would have to keep poisoning themselves with sugars while I go detox. Nah, it’s not going to happen.
What I didn’t like about the book, what I didn’t get, I should say, is the connection with skin care. The dermatology part of the book was more or less redundant in my eyes. So yes, less sugar means better skin, fine. Do I need more skin care information than that? Well, not me, maybe you?
I think if you’re single and feel you could lose some weight and feel healthier in general, go ahead. Absolutely a good book for you!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (OK to good)
Number of pages: 188
First published: 2014
I got this: from the publisher, via Netgalley, for review (ebook)
Genre: non-fiction, dieting