Do you eat a big breakfast and feel full before it’s even lunchtime? Do you develop an all-you-can-eat mentality after a few bites of starches, snack foods, junk foods or sweets? Do you feel unsatisfied despite the fact you’ve just polished off a meal?
Well, it’s quite possible you’re a carbohydrate addict. It’s nothing to be ashamed of – there are plenty of people out there exactly like you, who can’t control their cravings for carbs. Once you start you can’t stop. Even though you may think it’s a joke, there actually is some validity to being addicted to carbs, according to Drs. Richard & Rachael Heller.
When a person has problems tolerating carbs, the body releases excessive amounts of insulin, known as hyperinsulinemia. This release leads to excess carb cravings and causes the body to store fat, setting in motion a vicious cycle. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet works to balance the body’s insulin levels by implementing an effective program based on timing and combining. But the best part is you won’t have to give up any of your favorite foods. Instead you’ll find a happy middle ground to battle the addiction.
With the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, two meals are comprised of protein, vegetables and no carbohydrates. The third meal of the day provides addicts with a fix whereby they can enjoy carbs. Known as the “reward meal,” it is made up of a salad and an equal balance of protein, vegetables and the carbohydrate of your choice (bread, rice, potatoes and dessert are all allowed). There are two catches: eat all the cookies or cake you want, but be prepared to eat just as much protein and vegetables. Also, the entire meal must be consumed within one hour.
Many experts have raised concerns with the excess protein and calorie levels. They also view the “reward meal” as a “band-aid approach” which simply teases dieters with the foods that continue to keep them obese.