The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet was created by the husband and wife research scientists Doctors Rachel and Richard Heller. By following this diet the two of them have lost more than 200 pounds together. The Hellers maintain that people can lessen their cravings for carbohydrates by balancing the insulin levels in their bodies. They created the following questionaire to help people determine if they are carbohydrate addicts. If you answer yes to three or more of these questions, you may be a carbohydrate addict.
- Do you get hungry before lunch even when you eat breakfast?
- Do you often overeat starches, snack foods, junk food, or sweets?
- Do you feel unsatisfied despite having just finished a meal?
- Do you eat when you are not hungry?
- Do you snack at night?
- Are you lethargic after a big meal?
- Are you tired and/or hungry in the afternoon for no reason?
- Do you keep eating even when you are full?
- Do you yo-yo diet?
Why Are Some Foods Banned?
The carbohydrate addicts diet creators maintain that approximately 75% of overweight people are addicted to carbohydrates because of high insulin levels. Insulin is sometimes referred to as the "hunger hormone" because too much of it can cause people to keep eating even after they are full.
Which Foods Are Banned?
According to the Doctor's Heller, carbohydrate addicts most often crave and must therefore strictly control their intake of:
- ice cream
- fruit and fruit juice
- potato chips
On the carbohydrate addicts diet no food is actually banned in the sense that you can never eat it at all. The key to this diet is how often you eat carbohydrates, what you consume with them when you do eat them and how long you are allowed to eat them.
Are You Ever Allowed to Eat "Banned" Foods?
With the carbohydrate addicts diet, you eat three meals a day. Two of those meals must include protein and vegetables, but NO carbohydrates. Your third meal is your reward meal when you can have salad, equal portions of meat and vegetables, and a carbohydrate which can be potatoes, bread or even a dessert. However, the reward meal must be eaten within an hour so that you can't overload your system with your carbs.
Does the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet Work?
Pennsylvania's School of Medicine concluded in 2003 that people on a low carbohydrate diet versus a low fat diet lost more weight in the first six months of dieting. Over the course of a year, however, people on both diets lost approximately the same amount of weight. Studies concerning the maintenance of weight loss on the carbohydrate addicts diet have yet to be conclusively decided.
The carbohydrate addicts diet seems to kick start the dieting process for those people who over-consume carbohydrates. This can be a big help to dieters because seeing quick weight loss makes it easier to stick to a diet. The concept of a diet that will allow you to factor in a daily splurge with a reward meal can also make this diet more palatable for dieters.