Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life

Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lose up to a pound a day and curb your craving for sweets with delicious recipes and simple, science-based food swaps from David Zinczenko, Good Morning America’s health and wellness editor and bestselling author of Zero Belly Diet, Zero Belly Smoothies, and Eat This, Not That!With Zero Sugar Diet, #1 New York Times bestselling author David Zinc...

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Title:Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life
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Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life Reviews

  • Jessica McCann

    Written in an easy-to-read style, yet packed with medical and health research. The author cites many studies and other data in accessible language; he follows up with a diet plan that is easy to understand and follow.

    I had recently learned that too much sugar in one’s diet can lead to inflammation throughout the body, which causes joint and nerve pain, digestive problems and other serious health concerns. Yet, I was skeptical about my ability to eliminate or reduce sugar. I’m a believer after r

    Written in an easy-to-read style, yet packed with medical and health research. The author cites many studies and other data in accessible language; he follows up with a diet plan that is easy to understand and follow.

    I had recently learned that too much sugar in one’s diet can lead to inflammation throughout the body, which causes joint and nerve pain, digestive problems and other serious health concerns. Yet, I was skeptical about my ability to eliminate or reduce sugar. I’m a believer after reading this book. This is not an extreme or dramatic change to lifestyle. The author explains simple ways to reduce “added sugar” in one’s diet, one of which is simply reading labels and changing your shopping list a bit. For example, I was surprised that most bottled spaghetti sauces has sugar (in many forms) added. I now purchase a brand that does not add sugar, along with many other no-added-sugar (or artificial sweetener, which is worse for your health) products.

    My husband and I did the 14-day first phase, and both had favorable results -- weight loss, no sugar cravings or withdrawal, no hunger pangs. We are also enjoying reduced joint pain and increased energy. The best part is that this new way of eating has been easy to maintain (we’ve be at it about a month now); we don’t feel deprived in the least. I know it sounds too good to be true. I’m just glad I set aside my skepticism to give this a try. This is a fabulous book for anyone who wants to improve overall health and loose a bit of weight.

  • Bam

    I have had the best news recently: my blood test results came back absolutely NORMAL--good cholesterol, no diabetes, etc. I have reached my weight loss goal and feel terrific! All thanks to following the recommendations and menus in this book.

    Zinczenko zeroes in on the added sugars in processed foods as the culprit in the obesity and diabetes epidemic and gives instructions in how to read the labels and choose wisely. He also believes these foods should have more fiber than sugar in their ingre

    I have had the best news recently: my blood test results came back absolutely NORMAL--good cholesterol, no diabetes, etc. I have reached my weight loss goal and feel terrific! All thanks to following the recommendations and menus in this book.

    Zinczenko zeroes in on the added sugars in processed foods as the culprit in the obesity and diabetes epidemic and gives instructions in how to read the labels and choose wisely. He also believes these foods should have more fiber than sugar in their ingredient lists. That alone eliminates a lot of packaged foods! Naturally occurring sugar in fruits, dairy and veggies is fine--it's what is added during processing that is making us fat, he believes.

    The Zero Sugar Diet at a glance:

    1. Zero sugar carbs: Vegetables: unlimited--eat until you are satisfied. Whole grains, beans, nuts, etc.

    2. Fresh fruit: limit to 2 or 3 servings a day.

    3. Power protein: eggs, fish, Greek yogurt, lean meat such as turkey, chicken, lean beef, roast pork.

    4. Healthy drinks: water, tea, milk, and wine in moderation. No juices EVER. No beer, guys--sorry!

    5. Exercise.

    After nearly three months of following this plan, my husband is still saying, 'This is the best diet we've ever been on!' But instead of 'diet,' I believe we should call it a lifestyle change, and I hope it will be that because it is definitely a change for better health.

    The author's newsletter is available @thezerosugardiet.com. See for recipes, tips, etc. Another book to check out for the science behind these claims:

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  • Mae Clair

    I found this book informative and easy to follow. The brand name inclusions are extremely helpful.

    I look forward to starting the plan.

  • Christine Zibas

    Mayo Clinic Proceedings

    While sugar occurs naturally in foods like fruit, dairy, and vegetables, that's not what anyone needs to worry about. Going on a zero sugar diet really means taking the processed sugars out of your diet. There're everywhere, from

    Mayo Clinic Proceedings

    While sugar occurs naturally in foods like fruit, dairy, and vegetables, that's not what anyone needs to worry about. Going on a zero sugar diet really means taking the processed sugars out of your diet. There're everywhere, from the bread in your sandwhich to the jarred pasta sauce on your shelf. Sugar sneaks up in unexpected places (salad dressing) and escalates to toxic levels in unexpected places like fruit yogurt. And of course, it's there in all the obvious places, both food (candies, cookies, crackers, etc.) and beverages (sodas, sports drinks, juices, etc.) alike.

    Living without hidden sugars is really a commitment to ending your consumption of processed foods...and a lot of restaurant dining, too. The only way to be safe is to know what you're eating by making it yourself. In the not-too-distant future, food labels will be more explicit about added sugars (vs. natural ones), but for now, it's all on you.

    Not to be dismayed, but in the Zero Sugar Diet book, there is an entire page of names that added sugars go under, from the obvious corn syrup to (what?) isomaltulose and other unpronouceables. Often in the list of ingredients in packaged food, more than one type of sugar is listed as well.

    What the book offers is a 14-day diet (recipes provided), but this really struck me as a "man's menu" of items. The author is the former editor of Men's Health and also penned all those Eat This, Not That books.

    There are restaurant suggestions, acceptable packaged food suggestions, a basic exercise plan, and more. Perhaps the most useful takeaway that I got from the book is that replacing sugar with fiber is the best way to be satiated. So in looking for low sugar products, a good rule of thumb is that the fiber content should be higher than the sugar.

    Overall, however, it comes down to putting in the basic work yourself: carefully shopping and preparing most of your own meals. And when you do dine out, being prepared ahead of time with acceptable choices. It's a system that can work, but it's not for the lazy.

  • SheAintGotNoShoes

    Very valuable and informative information especially if you struggle with obesity and diabetes, of which I do.

    Book could have been a bit shorter, but then again many people like books that have recipes, shopping lists, menu planning, etc. The actual eating plan takes up 2 pages, the rest of the book has some science based stuff as well as the above mentioned things.

    Points off for suggesting only 6-7 hours of sleep - that will vary greatly from person to person, some do great on 5, others need 9-

    Very valuable and informative information especially if you struggle with obesity and diabetes, of which I do.

    Book could have been a bit shorter, but then again many people like books that have recipes, shopping lists, menu planning, etc. The actual eating plan takes up 2 pages, the rest of the book has some science based stuff as well as the above mentioned things.

    Points off for suggesting only 6-7 hours of sleep - that will vary greatly from person to person, some do great on 5, others need 9-10, some people believe in naps, others do not. Different strokes .....

    Also not a single nod made to vegetarians or vegans, and neither word is even mentioned in the glossary, so yet again vegans are either step-child'ed or forced to be uber creative or tweak things before giving up.

  • gremlin

    Bottom line on this is that for 14 days you don't eat anything with added sugar while all your meals & snacks contain fiber and lean protein. Then after that you don't purchase packaged foods with more sugar than fiber.

    That's not that complicated, although it does mean finding new products to replace many of the ones I usually buy, and it's significantly more realistic for me than a diet that ditches nearly all carbs. However, I need to significantly reduce the amount of sugar I eat (and giv

    Bottom line on this is that for 14 days you don't eat anything with added sugar while all your meals & snacks contain fiber and lean protein. Then after that you don't purchase packaged foods with more sugar than fiber.

    That's not that complicated, although it does mean finding new products to replace many of the ones I usually buy, and it's significantly more realistic for me than a diet that ditches nearly all carbs. However, I need to significantly reduce the amount of sugar I eat (and give up my much beloved Coca-Cola), so I'll give it a try. Losing weight would be nice too!

    2/4/18: FYI update: It's working. We started following this on 4/1/17. First two weeks we followed the plan exactly and lost a bit of weight (which I'd already been working on for a year), continuing to follow the general idea most days (barring occasional holidays, celebrations, or just wanting a cookie once a month). I'm at my lowest weight in several years, losing 14.4 pounds (and a pants size) over the last 10 months and back in a healthy BMI range - but more importantly my fasting blood glucose level (tested Jan 2018) was down 48 points over my Feb 2017 test, and down 26 points from my Feb 2016 test. All my other blood numbers that had been in bad ranges have improved too.

    Downside, the book says the diet could eliminate the sugar cravings - well, not significantly for me. There are still many many days when I crave a Coke, but it is easier to resist . And now it's Girl Scout Cookie season, so I'll just have to try to avoid the grocery store on the weekends for a month!

  • Zannie (darktwistybooks)

    The Zero Sugar Diet was not anything new in the terms of "how to". You pretty much just don't eat added sugar, fruit is ok b/c of the fiber, etc.

    Where I really enjoyed the book was the bodily function aspects of sugar. How it behaves in your body, how other hormones and bodily processes are affected. This aspect of the book provided me more motivation to continue to stick with it. I also liked the information on how artificial sweeteners are just as bad for you.

    I've been no sugar/artificial swee

    The Zero Sugar Diet was not anything new in the terms of "how to". You pretty much just don't eat added sugar, fruit is ok b/c of the fiber, etc.

    Where I really enjoyed the book was the bodily function aspects of sugar. How it behaves in your body, how other hormones and bodily processes are affected. This aspect of the book provided me more motivation to continue to stick with it. I also liked the information on how artificial sweeteners are just as bad for you.

    I've been no sugar/artificial sweetener (except for two cheat days - PMS!) for a few weeks and my skin is clearer, I do have more energy, and my stomach isn't bloated. So I am going to continue on this path.

    One thing I DID notice was that on my two cheat days, my face broke out horribly and my stomach was bloated again (though that can be the result of PMS as well). But within a day of going back to sugar/sweetener-free, the inflammation in my skin settled down quite a bit.

    A good chunk of the book is recipes (which is how I finished so quickly! LOL). I got something out of a handful of them... but many of them contain foods I'm not fond of (tofu for example) or items I've never tried (quinoa for example). I think I will give some of the new foods a try, but overall, I think I'm just going to end up finding my own receipts utilizing foods I enjoy.

    All in all, it was a good book, but a lot of it you can find on the internet also.

  • Annie ⚜️

    I don't know why I keep reading diet books. I guess I'm foolishly looking for some magic words. This one, as do most, has a shit ton of science and tells you how awful sugar is for you and how the food and drug industries conspire against us. Um, yeah, I know. It's why I'm reading the book. 🙄

    So skip the first 2/3 and get to the good stuff. There is some really good information and tips that I found useful here and will be implementing. It has, at the very least, given me a bit of motivation to r

    I don't know why I keep reading diet books. I guess I'm foolishly looking for some magic words. This one, as do most, has a shit ton of science and tells you how awful sugar is for you and how the food and drug industries conspire against us. Um, yeah, I know. It's why I'm reading the book. 🙄

    So skip the first 2/3 and get to the good stuff. There is some really good information and tips that I found useful here and will be implementing. It has, at the very least, given me a bit of motivation to restart my health journey so that's certainly something.

    Not a bad book and Zinzenko writes well. Just skip to the practical good stuff.

    Now excuse me while I go make some oatmeal - unsweetened, of course!

  • Sarah

    Pretty simple premise; eat foods with no added sugar for fourteen days, be sure to include plenty of protein and drink lots of water. After those initial two weeks select foods with more fiber than sugar. Not sure why it requires an entire book to relate this information. Unless someone has been in a coma for the last twenty years this isn't likely to be much of a revelation. The lone exception is an intriguing study about a hormone known as fibroblast growth factor 21. A selection of recipes, a

    Pretty simple premise; eat foods with no added sugar for fourteen days, be sure to include plenty of protein and drink lots of water. After those initial two weeks select foods with more fiber than sugar. Not sure why it requires an entire book to relate this information. Unless someone has been in a coma for the last twenty years this isn't likely to be much of a revelation. The lone exception is an intriguing study about a hormone known as fibroblast growth factor 21. A selection of recipes, an approved grocery list, and tips for eating in restaurants are also included. It is obvious the author is attempting to keep it light-hearted. He frequently inserts contemporary references that are meant to be humorous. The result, although it does have an easy-to-read style, screams "trying too hard." Additionally, I noticed several times when incorrect values where noted for food values. Was the editor perhaps scarfing down too much sugar?

  • Nelleke Plouffe

    This gets three stars from me only because this diet is common sense and will work. Anyone who eats no added sugar and makes sure to eat a balanced diet including plenty of fiber will be healthier for it. However, the style of the book feels gimmicky and extremely repetitive. I also found a bit of conflicting advice. I read this for free from my library...I would not go out of my way to buy this book.

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