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Q. What do you mean when you talk about sugar addition? I don't take sugar in coffee or add it to my food, so I would say I can’t be addicted to sugar – can I?

A. Even if you are not deliberately adding sugar to your drinks or food, sugar is already an ingredient in many foods and beverages – some of which you might not expect. This book discusses which types of foods and drinks contain high amounts of sugar and includes a questionnaire to help readers see if they show signs of a sugar addiction.

Q. What is a 'hidden' sugar, and how do I discover which foods contain them?

A. Hidden sugars are sugars contained in foods or beverages that you might not suspect. We know that many dessert items, such as ice cream and pastries, contain high amounts of sugar, but there are also a number of food and drink items that you may not expect to contain a lot of sugar, including certain yogurts, energy bars, barbecue sauces, etc. Hidden sugars can be identified by looking carefully at a food or beverage’s nutrition label, a topic we discuss further in the book.

Q. How does your eating program handle eating out and holiday times, especially if there are hidden sugars everywhere?

A. This book discusses the types of foods that tend to be high in sugar and that may contain hidden sugars, as well as the social factors that may influence food choices, equipping readers with information to make eating out and holidays less challenging.

Q. If I cut out the hidden sugars from my diet, will I be able to lose weight?

A. If you were to continue to eat the exact same way you have been minus hidden sugars, which also mean hidden calories, you would most likely lose weight, and this weight loss would be even greater if you cut out or reduced the other major sources of sugar in your diet.

Q. Is sugar really addictive? When people say they have a chocolate craving – are they being serious, or just saying that so they can eat what they like?

A. According to the research from our laboratory and others’, binge eating sugar results in similar behavior and brain changes as drug addiction, suggesting that sugar can be addictive. This does not mean that everyone who eats sugar or claims to have a craving for a sugary food is addicted; people often use the term “addiction” in everyday life to refer to their love of sports, online shopping, etc., however, there are certain criteria that are used in the medical field to identify substance dependence. As discussed in the book, these criteria have recently been adapted to refer to food instead of drugs and studies have shown certain individuals to meet the criteria for food addiction.

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Sugar, fat, salt—a daunting combination. Avena and Talbott do an excellent job of analyzing the role that sugar plays in the obesity epidemic.”
—David A. Kessler, MD, author of The End of Overeating
 
“This book not only offers an in-depth explanation of our society’s dependence on sugar, it also provides a realistic, step-wise approach to managing it and improving your health.”
—Dr. Melina B. Jampolis, CNN diet and fitness expert
 
Why Diets Fail describes the new science of sugar addiction and teaches us how we can use it to beat cravings and overeating—even in our modern food environment, which is plagued by sugary, hyperpalatable fake food. This book teaches you not only to think differently about how you eat, but also shows you how to do it.”
—Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure
 
“In Why Diets Fail, Dr. Nicole Avena and John Talbott discuss the addictive powers that certain foods possess over the mind and offer insight on conquering the addictive cycle. Following the guidelines in this book, you will learn how to turn your new diet into a lasting lifestyle, understand the science behind food addiction, and use this knowledge to approach your food as healthful nourishment rather than a source of guilt and frustration.”
—Andrew Larson, MD, medical director of JFK Medical Center Bariatric Wellness & Surgical Institute and author of The Gold Coast Cure and Clean Cuisine

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607744864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607744863
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Nicole Avena is a research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York City. She has written extensively on topics related to food, addiction, obesity and eating disorders. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Eating Disorders Association. She also maintains a blog, Food Junkie, with Psychology Today. Her new book, Why Diets Fail (Ten Speed Press) will be released in Dec. 2013.

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126 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on December 31, 2013
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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, but was disappointed to find that that wasn't the case. In the end this is simple another low-carb diet marketing itself under the in-vogue hatred of added sugars. Not to mention that this book often uses the term "sugar" to encompass all carbohydrates which often left me shaking my head in confusion.

But let's get into some of the nitty gritty points here. First, let's talk about what I liked about the book. I liked that it was written by someone who successfully lost weight using this plan and a trained medical professional. I liked their timeline for implementing their plan. There's a suggested amount of time for each of the steps, but the plan encourages you to use your own judgement and take more time if you feel you are struggling. And I liked how they marketed it as a complete lifestyle change rather than a diet and their tips for maintaining the weight loss, sticking to the plan, and how to recover if you fall off the wagon. All of those tips were reasonable and could apply to any type of dietary change.

Second, we'll move on to what I didn't like. I completely believe the science behind people being addicted to food, especially foods with so much sugar.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Reeger Cortell on January 22, 2014
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I am a nurse practitioner in the field of surgical weight management. Every year I go to national conferences where internationally recognized researchers present their ground breaking research on all things medical and surgical weight management related. Two years ago at these very large obesity related conference I heard a great presentation on a researchers findings as they related to food addiction and transfer addiction. It was a great presentation with one exception: Zero mention of sugar addiction. I stepped up to the mic, thinking perhaps the researcher simply forgot to mention this one very real problem that affects so many people. I asked, "what about sugar addiction?" What I got in return, silence. I thought how could this be?

Then, at another conference last year I heard Dr Avena present her research. I thought, finally someone is presenting the science to back up what I already knew to be very real, very true, and very difficult for numerous people. Thank you Dr Avena! The first half of her book explains the science of sugar addiction clearly enough for the lay person but scientifically enough for those of us who want the data. The second half gives an actionable plan to follow that is based in the realities of day to life and titrating off of sugar.

In a previous review, the reviewer opined that the number of those who struggle with sugar addiction is probably very small. I am here to tell you, as someone who is in the trenches of caring for people who are struggling, the number is not small. But what does that even matter? If you were the only one that suffers from the sugar addiction, without acknowledgement that your addiction is real, and you are without help, without treatment options, and someone like Dr Avena comes along and throws you a life line, isn't that worth it?
I say, bravo Dr Avena!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. C. on March 10, 2014
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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 knowledge helped me realize that the process of eating sugar for me is way different than the process of eating other foods, which I don't crave or binge on. The desire for sugar, as these authors explain, comes out of a whole different part of your brain than normal hunger for food, and this fact alone helps you to think about the problem with sugar differently.

Which is why this really isn't just a diet book. (If it was, I wouldn't be reading it, as I don't have any interest in losing weight.) It's about eating to be healthy by eating what your body needs rather than what your brain wants. There are several strategies in the book to help you do this that come out of addiction science rather than the diet industry, which is what makes this book unique and helpful to more than just dieters.

I have already come a long way in decreasing my dependence on sugar. For instance, I'm past the cycle of using sugar to get energy, having a sugar crash, and then eating more sugar to get rid of the sugar crash feeling. If you're stuck in that cycle, I think this book would be very helpful, but even if you're beyond it and just dealing with the occasional craving or temptation at a party, it has some useful strategies and will help your awareness about what's going on.
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