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I gave up smoking after 15 years thanks to the Stop Smoking book, and I have a serious lack of self control when it comes to chocolate and the like, so when I found this book I thought "Great! Let's do this!". God am I disappointed.
Firstly, this book doesn't just want you to give up chocolate. It includes bread, pasta and potatoes. Ok, fine. I know they're not the best foods to eat, and if you're willing to put yourself through that then good for you.
It repeatedly calls BAD SUGAR "poisons". Say what you like about chocolate and cake, but you will never get me to consider potatoes poisonous.
It claims that all BAD SUGARS are empty calories. Now, I'm no dietitian, but it is my understanding that you do get some fibre from carbs.
He is OBSESSESD with fruit. He would have us eat nothing else.
Apparently, none of this stuff actually tastes good. That's just not true. Mashed potatoes are amazing, and I could happily live off Creme Eggs for the rest of my life (hence why I bought the book in the first place).
It finishes by telling you to eat your last meal and vow to never BAD SUGAR again. Seriously, no one could ever consider this realistic.
Finally, I hate the way it's written. It's like a rambling lecture. Like when your off the grid vegan co-worker goes off on one (to be fair though the smoking one was written in a similar manner).
In summary, not only did the book not work, it was a chore to read. I did finish it, but only because I thought "maybe it's working and I'm just not noticing". I then went and had a creme egg.
Thank you for this book it has helped me to be free from sugar at last. I used the Allen Carr books for Smoking and alcohol in the past too and they really work.
One word of advice though, I find with these books you have to choose to allow them to work. For example, there might be the odd fact or statement which you don’t think is completely true, don’t worry about these. Just decide to believe in the books and they will work for you. If you don’t think it has worked, commit to believing in the book and read it again. It will work for you.
Another tip is the audio book is only 3.99 once you’ve bought the ebook. I found listening to the audio book while reading the words at the same time was the most powerful way of getting the information into my brain.
You have to want to change. You have to know you are going to change your life and not fear it. I’ve read three of these books and it has changed my life immeasurably. Removing the want want want for chocolate and sweets is a complete game changer, and something this book does very well. I was eating a multi pack of whatever chocolate was on offer at Tesco’s daily, crisps and whatever else I could get hold of cheap to fill me up. You finish the last chapter of the book and the want is gone ( some say it happens earlier on in the book). Since finishing the book on February 22nd 2019 I’ve gone from a little of 14 stone to a little over 12 and a half stone. This book is a very easy read, and I finished it much quicker than the others. Basically once you accept you are addicted, there’s no looking back. I highly recommend this book.
I read this book 9 months ago. 8.5 months ago I was ready to log in and give it a 1 star review, like so many before me. Sure, I hadn’t eaten sugar for 2 weeks. But the craving was building, I had an upcoming trip to NYC, and I knew I was going to relapse. So I sifted through the reviews, desperate for excuses why my forthcoming relapse would be the books fault and not my own. Confirmation bias and denial writ large!
I went to NYC. I ate sugar. Lots of it. But the strangest thing happened. I didn’t enjoy it. Not once. But nor could I stop myself. Everything the book talks about. Clear as daylight I finally saw my “love” of sweets for what it was. Addiction.
I returned home and I’ve not had refined sugar since. I took the lessons of the book seriously. No longer would it be about willpower. That’s not to say there weren’t difficulties. Of course the first month or two is the hardest. But I soon discovered my love of fruits and after a few months I had ZERO desire for refined sugar.
I’m through to the other side and couldn’t be happier. A year ago I couldn’t walk past a plate of sweets. And once I started I you could be sure the whole plate would be gone! Now a mars bar has as much appeal as a stick of chalk. Seriously, you’ll be that indifferent to sweets.
Read the book. Put aside your ego. Rediscover your love of real food. Enjoy your freedom.
20 years ago I stopped smoking using Allen Carr's methods. The process was relatively painless and it has worked as I haven't smoked since the day I became a non-smoker. I saw this book advertised and decided I could apply the same methods to my relationship with starchy carbohydrates - sugary foods in particular as I am concerned about the risks of diabetes and I want to be in the best health I can be having had an unexpected heart attack in 2017.
I find the writing style in this book rather SHOUTY and at times the information is repetitive but it is quite easy to read. Basically the messages are sound, the method is just the same as for stopping smoking, and the steps are relatively easy to follow. It's mostly about understanding how your mind works in relation to things you think are 'nice and can't do without'. Once you've nailed that you're sorted!
Brilliant book... I ate chocolate while reading it then suddenly about half way through, I just didn't want to eat sugar any more!! That was a couple of months ago and if I ever do feel the need to eat some sugar I will re read it. (Mind you my evening treat is now a small bowl of cheese puffs!!)
I wish they did a book on giving up TV - my next challenge.
Excellent book! I stopped smoking 4 years ago and stopped drinking alcohol shortly after using Allen Carr’s method. I can’t rate it highly enough: I have tried also to beat the sugar but once again Allen’s method is the one that helped me achieve a life without BAD SUGAR ie refined sugar, refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes. I feel so much healthier and it really is easy once you’ve got your mindset right with the help of this book. Do yourself a favour and free yourself for a healthier you.
I have just finished the book. Whilst reading, I noticed that the pull I feel towards high carb foods diminished. It’s certainly is a different way of thinking about addiction. The author talks about the addict being controlled by the big monster (psychological) and the little monster (physical) and advises how to kill off both. He claims that the addiction is 99% psychological and 1% physical. I think he is right. The book provides advice on the best food to eat and also talks about exercise.