2/5 For the book
4/5 For the plan
JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet
The “Sugar Impact Diet” by J.J. Virgin, 7 hours for listening or 368 pages. The basic premise / promise of the book is that you cut sugars (cover says 7 hidden ones) and lose 10 pounds in two weeks. These types of claims always annoy me mainly because all people are different and a blanket statement creates problems. Will you lose weight if you cut the sugars in your diet? I would say yes but I would not make an assumption of 10 pounds(granted it is up to 10 pounds), how much you lose depends on way to many factors, but wild claims aside I want to examine the book and the plan.
The writing and in the case of the audible book the reading left a lot to be desired. Knowing what it takes to write several hundred pages I hate to place heavy criticism on the author but I felt like the book was a long series of sound bite and simple sayings. By the time I got 3 hours into the book it was almost enough to shut the book off and call the listening to it a useless exercise. I have yet to figure out why people insist on trying to stretch a book about diet and weight loss so much I will have to say at least it was not padded out with dozens of testimonials so that is one shining grace. The information provided seems reasonable I just wish it would have been presented in say 200 less pages.
Ultimately the SI (Sugar Impact) diet is all about removing sugars from your diet but you dig deeper in to the food lists and it comes down to many of the same things all other diets say which is to watch you portion control, eat healthier foods etc. Sugars are an issue for many and are in many ways addicting, something I suffer as well but it down plays the other factors food holds when losing weight and regaining ones health. Others foods are addressed but just the name of the diet down plays the importance of them. I do like how she has a plan to step down off the sugar with some nice replacements and I believe this could really help many people kick the sugar habit.
Beyond the food lists and the “sugar swaps” she brings exercise into it only briefly almost as an afterthought. Now I admit that diet and what, when, how and how much we feed our bodies accounts for about 80% to 90% of weight loss is food, but changing your habits not just eating but also exercise is what allows you to gain true health and wellness. If you don’t add in some type of exercise how does your life truly change?
It seems in every book I read there is some crazy claim or statement and this one is no different. The only difference is this time I am finding a large debate raging about it, what are they debating? Fast weight loss verses slow. Now the common wisdom is that slow is better but they are coming out with facts around losing weight quickly and at this point I think I am going to cautiously stand on the side of slow. Now it is not that I see anything wrong with losing weight quickly but does one actually change the habits that helped them pack on those pounds permanently if you do it in a matter of weeks or months? The only true solution for health and wellness is lifelong changes not quick fixes.
The conclusion is that despite not enjoying the book it did contain lots of accurate and valid information but it is hidden in 368 pages and quick sayings that distract from the message of the book. Between the words on the cover about 10 pounds in 2 weeks and then on to the author pushing her supplements and protein shakes I had the take away that all this was really about is making money and not helping people get healthy. I can’t say I approve of the book but if the concept of cutting sugar interests you and you need someone to lay out a plan this one should work but to find lasting changes I recommend looking elsewhere.