Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy

Why Diets Fail Because You re Addicted to Sugar Science Explains How to End Cravings Lose Weight and Get Healthy This revolutionary eating plan reveals definitive proof that sugar is addictive and presents the first science based program to cut out the sugar stop the cravings that cause most diets to eventuall

  • Title: Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy
  • Author: Nicole M. Avena John R. Talbott
  • ISBN: 9781607744863
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This revolutionary eating plan reveals definitive proof that sugar is addictive, and presents the first science based program to cut out the sugar, stop the cravings that cause most diets to eventually fail, and lose weight permanently If you re like most people, you ve tried a few or maybe many different diets without success The truth is, most diets work for a whiThis revolutionary eating plan reveals definitive proof that sugar is addictive, and presents the first science based program to cut out the sugar, stop the cravings that cause most diets to eventually fail, and lose weight permanently If you re like most people, you ve tried a few or maybe many different diets without success The truth is, most diets work for a while, but there s usually a point at which the dietary restrictions become too difficult to maintain Why Because whether you re following a low carb, paleo, gluten free, or even an all liquid green juice diet, the addictive nature of sugar causes cravings to take over and sabotage your diet of the moment In Why Diets Fail, Dr Nicole M Avena and John R Talbott reveal definitive proof that sugar is addictive and present the first science based program to stop the cravings and lose weight permanently A neuroscientist and food addiction expert, Dr Avena has conducted groundbreaking research showing that sugar triggers the same responses in the brain as addictive drugs like cocaine, nicotine, and alcohol And like those other substances, the sugar you eat, the you need to get the same pleasurable feelings No wonder your last diet didn t stick Avena and Talbott s eight step plan walks you through the process of going sugar free and surviving the make or break withdrawal period those first few weeks when your body feels the absence of its favorite sweetener most acutely An easy to use Sugar Equivalency Table developed by Talbott lists the amount of sugar in hundreds of common foods so you know precisely what to eat and what to avoid And when it comes to what you can eat, you have a lot to choose from In fact, you ll probably eat on this diet than you normally do while continuing to lose weight This science based program is the diet to end all diets It will help you break the yo yo dieting cycle, end those maddening sugar cravings, and develop a new longing for the good food that will keep you fit, healthy, and happy.

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    About “Nicole M. Avena John R. Talbott

    • Nicole M. Avena John R. Talbott

      Dr Nicole Avena is a world renowned research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction She is a pioneer in the field of food addiction, and it was her seminal research work that jump started this exciting new field of exploration in medicine and nutrition Dr Avena received a Ph.D in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University in 2006 She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 at the prestigious Rockefeller University in New York City, an all research institution that lays claim to having had 24 Nobel Prize winners on its staff over the years Dr Avena presently holds research faculty positions at Princeton University, Psychology Department, and the University of Florida, College of Medicine, Psychiatry Department, both global leaders in the fields of nutrition, psychology and medicine She has published over 60 scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition and overeating.Dr Avena has published over 60 scholarly peer reviewed research articles, authored individual chapters in nine different books and edited two volumes on addiction and nutrition She also has edited Animal Models of Eating Disorders 2013 and co authored Why Diets Fail 2014 Dr Avena s work has been the subject of stories on CNN, Bloomberg News, New York Times, and the Huffington Post as well as covered internationally Her research has been featured in numerous health magazines, including Shape, Men s Health, Glamour, Details, Woman s Health, Men s Health, Prevention, Oxygen and Fitness, and many health oriented websites and blogs Dr Avena is a sought after speaker, and she has been lauded by her colleagues and the public for her ability to explain complex scientific principles and research findings to a lay audience She regularly speaks to special interest groups, industry groups, and schools She has appeared on news programs, been a guest on several radio programs, and has been filmed for two documentaries on the obesity epidemic Dr Avena is a member of the Random House Speakers Bureau.

    255 thoughts on “Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy

    • So many thoughts about this book. I should preface this review by saying that I am a Nutritional Sciences graduate student so I come at this book a little differently than many people. I don't have my degree yet though so I'm simply writing my review of this based on what I've learned so far and my own experiences. I am a big believer that added sugars are the biggest dietary problem in American today so I was excited to read this book. I went into it thinking that it referred to added sugars, b [...]


    • I'm really interested in sugar addiction, so I had high hopes for this book. But its just "meh." While they get the science right, they don't offer a lot of helpful advice (at least in my opinion) about kicking the sugar habit. Basically they just keep repeating "Cutting out sugar is hard. Cutting out sugar is hard." Not to sound like a teenager in the early-90s, but no duh. If you're interested in food and specifically the dangers of sugar, stick with Gary Taubes.


    • I am not a nutritional scientist, but while reading the book I got the feeling that some bold claims about sugar addiction might be exaggerated. This is not to say that the book has no merits. In fact, I believe this style of writing might be more effective for some people to get off bad eating habits. To kick sugar out of your diet completely is unrealistic, but it certainly helps to be more conscious of the amounts we are unknowingly using every day. An excellent point mentioned by the authors [...]


    • Spoiler alert:Why do diets fail? Because diets are generally periods of restricted eating. Because we have developed addictive behaviors in how we relate to food. Because we treat our discomforts by eating. Because the foods we tend to like and thus eat a lot of, aren't good for us but the foods that are good for us don't inspire the same kinds of food urges. I liked the premise of the book but the practical applications - the recommended foods, I didn't agree with. Basically, this book prescrib [...]


    • Provided not more information than what you kind find on sugar addition on the internet. Mixed messages on foods on the sugar index--some were recommended when didn't fall within low scale with no explanation. Also, not realistic recommendations for vegetarians.


    • Great books for those who suffer from sugar addiction, think they may suffer from sugar addiction, or are just want to find out more about the topic. It covers not only the practical side but also the biological and scientific side of sugar addiction. I definitely recommend it.


    • I was skeptical about this book at first. The first couple of chapters sounded a bit condescending and I doubted I was going to read anything that wasn't already obvious to me. I had already come to the book with a pretty good sense of the power sugar can have, and I was afraid the book would just keep asserting that without adding much more.But the following chapters were all highly useful. It actually did make a difference to me to know, not just that sugar can be addictive, but how that works [...]


    • This is a good book explaining the science of sugar & starch addiction, how to go through withdrawal, different techniques for reducing sugar intake (cold turkey vs. moderation, etc.), recommitment after relapses, navigating social and societal pressures to eat sugars, and ideas for maintenance. I like that it's not solely focused on weight loss but also on health, though be warned that weight loss and dieting are definitely (and probably pretty obviously) an emphasis. I like that it's not a [...]


    • First, let me advise that I am a former research grad student of Princeton University and heard about the author Dr. Avena while she was discovering many of the actual scientific explanations written about in this book at Princeton dating back to 2001-2002. After reading this book I was glad to have finally read one whose author has actually done the scientific research to justify their claims which can be found in many scientific journals for those of you who reviewed this book and claim to be [...]


    • Why Diets Fail is not really about why diets fail but is another diet book. Basically, as I am going to save you the time of reading the book, you cut out most sugar and carbs out of your diet and stick with a high protein diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. The rest of the book is a lot of blah blah. You know, it sounds great and all that, but I am sure this leads to high cholesterol because of meat and poultry. So, there is absolutely no way I am going to live my life not eating bread, pa [...]


    • Very disappointing. I'm open to considering the possibility of using "addiction" as a way to look at what high sugar consumption does to the brain, but this book did a poor job of explaining it. fMRI imaging and saying things like "can overlap with areas that are activated in drug use" just doesn't give us much info or much reason for the other, emphatic statements in the book (and on the cover!) And THEN the authors do a crazy bait-and-switch, telling us how much sugar is bad, how awful drinkin [...]


    • I have struggled with sugar in my diet for decades. Several times, I've been able to kick the habit completely, often for months at a time. But somehow, sugar insidiously sneaks back in -- sometimes because of social pressure (holiday eating), but more frequently lately due to a heavy travel schedule. I've often wondered why I can't eat just one cookie and be satisfied. It's like once the floodgates open, kapowee. I'm trapped again.This book explains why and how sugar is addictive -- not just em [...]


    • I thought that this book was more focused on carbohydrate restriction than on breaking sugar addictions. I got the message that quitting sugar is hard, but I wanted more solutions to breaking the cycle. Perhaps I was again looking for the easy solution. In fact there is no easy way to lose weight. Other diets have proven that carb restriction usually suppresses cravings and the weight loss and health benefits have been widely publicized. I just didn't see much new in this approach. It wasn't bad [...]


    • Everybody should read this book. it felt like the book was written for me personally, and I know many readers will identify with it. The ideas and premise of the book made such sense and prompted me to make significant changes in my life. It's been a week since I finished the book and I have significantly decreased my sugar intake while increasing fruit and vegetable intake. And I can already tell the difference. It's not going to be easy to wean myself off the sugar and junk food completely, bu [...]


    • No help at all. I've had much better luck with books talking about addiction in general. Stop eating sweets and simple carbohydrates? Oh really? I surely had no idea before you've enlightened me. Of course I've never tried that before - why, the idea never came into my mind! And it's so easy to do, too - you just need to hear it from the author and then bingo, you've stopped, you're happy and thin.Urrgh. I pity the time wasted on reading that piece of rubbish.


    • I loved this book. I was waiting for something like this to come along. I have known for some time that I am addicted to sugar, but this book made me realize that it isn't my fault. Addiction to food can lead to overeating, and that is what makes it so hard to lost weight and stay on a diet. I found the book to be well written and fun. It takes a lot of science talk and puts it in a way that is easy to follow, and useful. I am glad that I read this, and I think it will change my life.


    • Great book and well written. I'm fairly new to this forum but thought some of the negative reviews about were a little bitter sounding considering what the book was about, helping people. Overall the thoughts posted were good though. Guess you cant please everyone and you know what they sayose who can't, teach and those who can't teach criticize. Look forward to being apart of the group.


    • This book's central theme is to remove sugar from one's dietary intake. In addition, they made the point that such changes should not be a "diet" but a life style change on permanent basis. Despite the title, this is not a scientific inquiry into the reasons for the failure of dietary intervention, instead, it is an advocacy and self-help for a low-sugar diet. The scientific evidences and commentaries are thin and shallow, nothing above and beyond Taube's and other more systematic books.


    • Finished this book last week and started cutting out sugar related foods yesterday and already feel better. This book was a down to earth read that even I could understand. I liked how it flowed and the suggestions it gave to start a new lifestyle not just another fad diet. I think I will be able to get through the difficult withdrawal symptoms this time knowing now what to expect. Wish me luck and great book.


    • Not much new in this book if you have read anything in this genre, just the general rant against sugar (and grains in a lesser sense). Not as scientific as other books, could have benefitted from more statistics and cold hard facts. Writing style was okay, but nothing special and not very engaging. The suggested steps were cliche. An okay book.


    • كتاب مثير للإهتمام، تستعرض في نيكول دكتورة في علم الأعصاب فكرة حول سبب عدم قدرة البعض على التمسك بحمية،الإجابة - كما يظهرها العنوان - هو الإدمان على السكر!المقصود بالسكر هُنا هو الكربوهيدرات عمومًا وليس سكر القصبفسرت الأمر بأسلوب علمي، معتمد على تجارب -حسبها -، وقدمت خطة للت [...]


    • One more sugar is the issue diet bookOne more sugar is the issue diet bookEasy to read, well written and researched. Nothing new, we all need to eat less sugar. Now I need to follow the doctors direction.


    • I thought this book had a lot of good information for those us not intimately aware of the effects of drug use on the brain or of the science behind how we process food. I found it a fascinating read and it helped me come to a lot of helpful (and I hope transformative) conclusions.


    • This was a small book but still more than was needed to cover this topic. It was all good information but ultimately, sugar is addictive, it's hard to stop eating, but when you do there many health benefits to be had.



    • I thought that it was a very bland book. I didn't enjoy it enough to finish it. I didn't think it was that great of information provided either.


    • A great book for anyone wanting to kick their sugar addiction. Very informative and has a helpful chart to help readers gradually wean themselves off sugar and sugar leaden products.



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