As America's most obese city, New Orleans has long been ripe for a fad diet book. Still, Sugar Busters! has become such a craze that it has even swept Creole institutions like Antoine's, Galatoire's and Commander's Palace, places known for fried oysters, rich French sauces and boudin sausages. The secret to Sugar Busters! is that the diet is as free and easy as New Orleans itself: you can eat just about anything you want.
Butter, cream, beef and cheese are all allowed in moderate portions. What's the catch? Just cut out refined sugar. Carrots, white potatoes and processed grains like white flour, which contain starches that quickly break down into sugar, are also forbidden. (Sweet potatoes, somewhat counterintuitively, are okay.)
The authors,three New Orleans doctors and a local businessman, assert that eliminating sugar drives down insulin levels in the bloodstream, which in turn keeps the body from storing fat. Some dieters are comparing Sugar Busters! to Barry Sears's The Zone.