The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet was written by Dr. Rachel Heller and Dr. Richard Heller. They believed that a large portion of overweight and obese people are actually addicted to carbohydrates. They believe that many people don't metabolize carbohydrates well, and that this leads to higher than normal insulin levels and increased food cravings. The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet advises drastically reducing carbohydrate consumption.
The doctors believe that the high levels of carbohydrate in the modern diet are responsible for the increased incidence of obesity in the U.S. Eating a diet high in simple carbohydrates and refined sugars contributes to weight gain and obesity. A high-carbohydrate diet can cause chronically high blood sugar levels and damage your body's ability to use insulin effectively, leading to type 2 diabetes. Restricting carbohydrates, especially simple carbohydrates, like refined sugars, can lead to weight loss and better health.
The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet is very strict. You're to eat two main meals per day, consisting of lean protein like poultry, fish or lean red meat and high fiber vegetables. Your third meal is known as the "reward" meal. For this meal, you can eat whatever you want, but you should try to make it 1/3 protein, 1/3 complex carbohydrates and 1/3 non-starchy vegetables. You should take no longer than an hour to eat your reward meal.
For the first two weeks of this diet, your carbohydrate consumption will be restricted to one third of one meal each day. After the first two weeks you can follow one of many diet plans that can help you lose more weight or help you maintain your weight loss.
What to Get Excited Over
Scientific research supports the idea that restricting carbohydrate consumption, and particularly consumption of simple carbohydrates like refined sugar, can lead to greater health. The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet can help you lower your carbohydrate intake. The high-protein levels on this diet should help keep your blood sugar levels stable to fight off food cravings and feelings of deprivation. You shouldn't struggle with excessive hunger on this diet plan.
Things to Consider
This diet can be difficult to sustain over the longer term, since it requires drastically limiting your carbohydrate consumption. It's true that eating a lot of refined and processed carbohydrates, like sweet foods and foods made with refined white flour, can contribute to weight gain, obesity and type 2 diabetes. However, this diet may lead many to the mistaken impression that carbohydrates are bad for you. Complex carbohydrates, such as those contained in whole grain breads and whole grain pasta, give your body energy and should be consumed in moderation as a part of any healthy diet.
The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet has worked for many, and it might be a good fit for you if you don't mind giving up most high-carbohydrate foods. Once you've passed through the weight loss stage of the diet, you'll be able to eat more carbohydrates, as you begin to maintain your weight loss. If you try this diet, remember that complex carbohydrates shouldn't be eliminated from the diet entirely.