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SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet: You Won't Even Know You're On A Diet! Paperback – June 19, 2010
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About the Author
James A. Surrell M. D. is a board-certified colorectal surgeon and holds fellowship status in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He devoted 14 years to formal education with 4 years of pre-med, 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency and one year of colorectal surgery fellowship... (Whew)! He has been a practicing colorectal surgeon for the past 20 plus years. Dr. Surrell has authored many articles in various journals on topics related to his specialty of colorectal surgery and digestive health. He has a special interest in nutrition and weight loss programs. As Director of the Digestive Health Institute, his practice is focused on digestive health, including nutrition, dietary weight management and colorectal cancer screening and prevention. He is known in his large practice for his ability to communicate effectively with his patients, and he goes to great lengths not to speak "doctor talk" to his patients. "Doc" or Jim (as he prefers to be called) is also a much sought-after speaker and speaks frequently to local, regional, and national public and professional groups. He blends a significant amount of humor into his many talks and is generally available to speak to nearly any group with an interest in learning more about various topics, including: diet and weight loss, nutrition, cancer prevention, and other healthy lifestyle topics. He also appears frequently on his local "Ask the Doctors" program on Public TV. Here is your author's favorite quote: "There isn't much humor in medicine, but there is a lot of medicine in humor." Dr. Jim feels very strongly that for any weight loss program to be successful, it must be short, simple and easy to understand. Thus was born the SOS Diet - Stop Only Sugar and the "MISS" (Make It Short & Simple) concept. This short and simple SOS Diet has worked so very well for him and for so many of his patients, friends and colleagues for years. He is now most appreciative of this opportunity to present it to you in the form of this short and simple SOS Diet book. Good luck and SOS - Stop Only Sugar!
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"When digested, sugar is stored as body fat." That sentence finished the first paragraph of this book's introduction. Some people might say, "Well, duh!" but for me, a HUGE light turned on when I started reading the SOS Diet. I was able to quickly zero-in on what my true problem was. Sugar addiction. Cookies, candy bars, donuts or cakes- I've NEVER been able to say no! Not to mention how sugar is hidden in just about every packaged product you buy. The author cuts right to the chase, keeping his message and suggestions very simple. I know diabetics cannot have sugar, and I've known a few people who have tried to eliminate all carbs with the Atkins Diet only to give up after weeks or a month. But I've never known anyone else to focus on giving sugar up. After reading this book, I can see how sugar has been controlling my life, and how gratifying it will feel to cut it out. The first chapter is full of success stories from people that sound just like me! By the end of page 47, the doctor's simple method had taught me enough to start, and I was psyched enough to begin that next morning. The rest of the book cemented the importance of this life change, and gave great suggestions to help make it happen.
Chapter 7 is titled, "Sugar Substitutes... Are They Safe? Yes, Yes and More Yes!" I'm not going to lie. I am not totally sold on this one. I used to love Crystal Light, for example, but I gave it up after reading and hearing a lot of negative accusations aimed at aspartame. A few other reviewers have similar misgivings, but the author is surely correct when he says that sugar substitutes are much better for you than refined sugar. I don't drink soda or diet soda, and sugar substitutes usually taste too sweet for me. But perhaps I can try Crystal Light again, or a peanut butter sandwich with sugar-free jelly as an occasional treat when I need a little something.
Dr. Sorrell also devoted 15 pages of this short book, to convincing us to never do a "colon cleanse," and to avoid all tobacco. These two chapters initially annoyed me. I felt they detracted from the lean-and-mean core message of this simple diet book, and I've never been likely to try either one. But he IS a doctor who is concerned about health issues, and colons ARE his specialty, so I can see why ANY doctor would use an opportunity like his first book to give out ALL of his favorite advice to the world at once. It just shows me that everything he says in his book, is exactly what he believes can improve his readers' lives.
One thing I loved, was that he didn't condemn things such as pizza or fast food, like I had anticipated. He just showed how to make improvements to what you would normally eat. He admits that he will even cheat now and then, himself. Occasionally, he'll eat real ice cream in the summer if sugar-free isn't available. He sometimes enjoys french fries with some fried fish. (He didn't want the reader to tell anyone this little secret, but here I am. Sorry Jim!) The point is, each person can make smarter choices, wherever they go, by picking items with lower sugar and higher fiber. It is up to you to decide if a little cheating is worth it. Some reviewers here said that cheating once, a holiday for example, led them to a total downward spiral back into their old sugar addiction. For me, that sounds like the real threat.
I also understood the author's focus on fiber. He says to avoid things like white rice, potatoes, white bread and white flour. I visited my doctor yesterday and decided to mention this plan. He absolutely agreed with eliminating sugar, but believed ALL carbs were the enemy- especially wheat, whole or otherwise. I am aware there is concern over gluten, and I've seen the book, Wheat Belly. But I went shopping last night, only to find that it is extremely difficult to find carbs without wheat flour, here at my store in South Carolina. The author mentions that whole grain is better than whole wheat, but it is clear he is a fan of many whole wheat products. He recommends them repeatedly. Being allowed to have whole wheat does make things easier, since you are left with more food options, but it is obvious that many people take issue with that. I would have appreciated if Sorrell had devoted a few pages to this controversial topic, but for now, I will eat wheat sparingly. I'd still enjoy some bread or pasta once in a while, and I can switch to the occasional light beer, instead of my regular, wheat beer.
Another topic I wished the doctor had delved into, was "sugar addiction," and what it feels like to suddenly give up the granules- cold turkey. I have since read several articles about this, in order to get more perspective. One author posed this question: "What would you do if you came home, and discovered a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies sitting on the table?" Could you ignore them if you weren't hungry? Could you stop at one or two, or would those cookies become the primary focus of your attention? Personally, I wouldn't even be able to get to the milk first, without eating 2 or 3, and then once I did have my milk... Armageddon! Don't even get me started on "Girl Scout cookie season." I'm convinced that this is a total addiction for someone like myself, complete with the shame. Many people have written about sugar withdrawal symptoms on sugar-cutting message boards. (Yes, I've read forums about cutting sugar. They are actually pretty inspiring!) Many confess to overwhelming tiredness, unrelenting headaches, waves of depression, and other strong physical and psychological ailments- For a few days to several weeks. Perhaps some of them were just experiencing caffeine withdrawal, since they were simply not drinking their usual amounts of soda, tea or coffee. I know all about caffeine withdrawal, and I've been drinking just my 2 cups of coffee like always. Even so, I've had a persistent headache for the last 3 days, and I have been lethargic and irritable at times. Its going to be worth it though, and truthfully, it hasn't been too hard so far. When I am feeling discouraged, I just remind myself, "When digested, sugar is stored as body fat."
Anyway- I hope you like long reviews! If you've made it this far, and if you are interested:
Please check the comment section!!
I will update my progress here in a about a month, and then again every once in a while. I like when other reviewers do that, because it shows how easy or hard a diet is to stick with. The SOS Diet is a short and simple plan in a short and simple book. So, if you now think you might be addicted to sugar, just like me, this is a very enjoyable way to educate yourself in just a night or two. I feel more inspired than I have in ages! -DD
If you eat junk food and fast food and need a doctors prescription for losing weight and reversing diabetes and heart disease this is the perfect book.
But if you have even basic knowledge of nutrition and the food industry you will find it a bit silly ! Still some basic and good info about cholesterol and the digestive system that help build awareness which is fundamental to taking charge of your health !
We are a sugar free home now and feel the difference. Slowly the pounds are coming off. I highly recommend this book!
Remember: <30g sugar and >30g fiber... it works.