Think you’re not addicted to sugar? Think again! And we don’t mean that you just can’t resist a nice slice of chocolate cake when it’s put in front of you. We mean truly, physiologically addicted.
Arthur Agatston, M.D., internationally recognized pioneer in cardiac disease prevention, author of the internationally best-selling book The South Beach Diet and founder of the Agatston score (calcium score) – the best predictor of a heart attack – is back this year to talk to you all about YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION and how his newest strategy, The Keto Friendly South Beach Diet, can help you kick your bad habit. The New Keto-Friendly South Beach Diet is unique in that it follows the proven principles of the low-carb/good-carb, good-fat, healthy-protein approach of the original South Beach Diet, layers in science-backed elements of the keto diet's higher fat, and modifies it to increase protein.
A newly released CDC study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed a shocking statistic that 1 in 5 US adolescents are now prediabetic putting them at risk of heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Agatston firmly believes that these numbers have risen due to one reason: sugar addiction resulting in insulin resistance. He is confident these issues start at a very young age and can be prevented with proper diet.
And guess what? It started with the acceptance of his own sugar addiction! With the knowledge that his constant need for seconds and thirds of desserts was not lack of self-discipline, but addiction, he has been able to end his prior yo-yo diet pattern and keep his weight down and stable for 16 months and counting. What’s more, it became clear that his addiction had started in his teens and early twenties, when he was super slim with absolutely normal blood sugars.
Sugar addiction, he realized, is very real and a big contributor to obesity, diabetes, and probably the majority of the chronic conditions associated with the Standard American Diet, what we refer to as SAD.