Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Washington Post on Sugar Detox

Ran into this article this morning in my news feed:

Does a sugar detox work? I’m on it and have had some surprising results.


“For the first several days, frankly, my detoxing was hell. Making certain foods forbidden made me want them more. Ice cream. Pasta. Chocolate. Even wine, which contains a fair amount of sugar. My cravings were intense and seemed never-ending, and if I cheated I felt like a loser. I was irritable and moody — and, yes, as is often the case, constipated.”

My take on this Washington Post article:

Visceral Fat

1). I was there on doctor’s orders. He had advised a sugar detox for me to lose visceral fat — the internal kind that accumulates around the organs and drives hunger, overeating, weight gain, muscle loss and brain damage.

He is absolutely right about sugar causing Visceral Fat – I’ve written a post on this before:

Visceral Fat and Sugar


2). Levinson, the nutritionist, prefers starting with small changes. She suggests clients “work on reducing sugars one meal at a time and make sure to have healthier alternatives that will actually satisfy cravings.” Levinson advocates for moderation and reminds me of the adage, “It’s the dose that makes the poison.”

I’m now in my fourth month of a modified detox — I don’t want to live without wine or some sweets (I eat three 1-inch squared pieces of very dark chocolate a day). I know I can’t avoid all added sugars, no matter how vigilant I may be.

Nah – Just doesn’t work for me.  Eating one piece of dark chocolate cake a day would start me into a tailspin.  I love sugar, and it loves me, but we can’t live together.

Not Easy

3). Sugar detoxing is not easy, especially when visiting friends. On a recent weekend, my hosts made five delicious pizzas, each with a white-flour crust that when eaten quickly converts to blood sugar. I decided to indulge for that evening, remembering that tomorrow was another day. I wish I’d had a Grandma Teresa to start me earlier, but I’m glad to be on the detox bandwagon now.

Amen.  It’s not easy.  It’s hard.  The hardest thing I usually do on a day to day basis.  So, thank you for putting in the effort and writing this piece.

Considering the 1.2k comments already on your piece, this has definitely struck a nerve.

Here is one of the top comments:

After seeing a documentary on Netflix a few years ago about sugar being put into food, I was concerned but skeptical so I gave their “10 day challenge” a shot.  I went through withdraw and after a week, I had lost 10 pounds.  I was left angry because this validated the idea that the general population is effectively being poisoned for profit.  It’s a slow poison but causes heart disease, the number one killer of Americans.

I’ve since lost 80 pounds of fat and put on 20 pounds of muscle, not because I forced myself to exercise but rather, I have so much more energy that I need to exercise to expend it.

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