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

by Nicole M. Avena, John R. Talbott
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Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy by Nicole M. Avena, John R. Talbott

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 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 more sugar you eat, the more 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 more 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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607744863
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 564,218
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

NICOLE M. AVENA, PhD, is a world-renowned neuroscientist and expert in diet, nutrition, and addiction. She received her doctorate in neuroscience and psychology from Princeton University and did her postdoctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Avena is a faculty member at the New York Obesity Research Center at Columbia University. She has published more than sixty scholarly journal articles on topics related to diet, nutrition, and overeating. Her research achievements have been honored by awards from several groups, including the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Avena lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey.

JOHN R. TALBOTT is the bestselling author of ten books that have sold more than 200,000 copies in twenty countries. He is an associate professor at the SP Jain School of Global Management in Dubai, which is ranked in the top twenty international management programs in the world by Forbes. Previously a visiting scholar at UCLA, Talbott has published academic research on AIDS prevention, democracy, inequality, and economic growth. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in engineering and earned his MBA at UCLA. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The New Republic, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Why Diets Fail (Because You're Addicted to Sugar): Science Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read this book and it is excellent. I have had trouble with diets before and having weighed over 300 pounds it's been a real struggle to maintain a healthy weight. This is the first book I have read which clearly explains to me, a normal person, how to avoid sugars and why I have had trouble avoiding these types of things. I look forward to implementing this plan and sharing the book with friends and family. Donna P. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ReegerCortell More than 1 year ago
As a nurse practitioner in surgical weight management I can tell you that sugar addiction is very real and very challenging for those who struggle.  Dr Avena's book explains the science of sugar addiction in laymen terms for the general public but also in scientific terms for those who want the data.  The first half of the book is the why and how of sugar addiction. The second half is a realistic self-directed treatment plan to wean oneself off of sugar. If you think you may have a sugar addiction and you want to know why and how to free yourself, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just read this book and I thought it was exceptional. I felt like the book was written for someone like me, not a doctor or scientist, just someone struggling with weight loss for many years. Not only did I like that the book was written by an actual scientist but I also enjoyed that it explained in clear language why I have been struggling with weight loss and what I can expect to go through when reducing my sugar intake. If you are like me, someone who gets headaches and irritable during diets, then you should read this book which will aid you in overcoming these obstacles and achieve your weight loss goals. I have already started my diet and feel better already knowing what to expect. Jennifer R. New York City
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book...I have been waiting for a book like this for a while. I have felt that I was addicted to food, especially sugars, but when I mentioned it to people they looked at me as if I was crazy! This book explains the science behind it, and the easy to follow steps make sense and seem like they will be easy to implement. It tells you about what to expect when you cut out sugars (withdrawal, craving) and how to deal with it. It also has a lot of great tips on how to still go out to dinner and go to parties, but continue eating right. If you have tried diets and failed in the past, this book will help you see why! It is one of a kind and a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written. The scientific explanations are misleading and confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago