How Effective Is the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet for Weight Loss?

The founder of the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet believes that carbohydrates cause many problems related to health and weight, and that a diet that reduces them can improve both. So how effective is the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet for weight loss? Let’s take a look and see.

The Diet

The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet restricts you to three meals a day. The first two meals are made up of lean meat, fish or poultry along with high-fiber non-carbohydrate vegetables only. For the third meal, you are allowed to eat anything you want as long as you follow two simple rules:

  • Your meal should consists of 1/3 protein, 1/3 complex carbohydrates and 1/3 non-starchy vegetables.
  • You must consume your meal within 60 minutes or less.

Weight Loss

Studies have shown that diets that are high in refined grains and sugars can lead to weight gain. By eliminating these foods, weight loss will occur. However, the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet restricts all carbohydrates. By following this diet, dieters will not learn the healthy habits they need for successful weight loss.

Weight loss may occur for dieters who follow the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, but the result is likely to be temporary. Almost any positive change in the standard American diet is likely to result in rapid weight loss, but the weight lost is mostly from fluid loss. This can lead to a weight loss plateau that can discourage many dieters from continuing the diet and returning to their old habits. This will lead to regaining the weight—and perhaps some surplus pounds as well due to changes in metabolism. This makes future weight harder to lose and can lead to a yo-yo dieting effect where the weight drastically moves up and down.

Furthermore with the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet restriction to 3 meals a day—and not including snacks—dieters may often overindulge for their meals. The plan does not restrict the number of calories one eats during the meals. By not allowing healthy snacks between meals, dieters may feel hungry throughout the day and overeat.

Finally, there is no mention in the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet about exercise, which is a crucial component of any long-term weight loss strategy.

The Alternatives

While the diet plan has some good points that can lead you to a healthier diet, you should instead try a balanced diet that includes protein, carbohydrates and healthy unsaturated fats. In addition to diet, dieters should include a healthy amount of activity and exercise. You may lose weight on the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet in the short term, but it does not have enough of the components of a successful long-term weight loss program.

If you require a low-carbohydrate diet for health reasons such as diabetes, talk to your health care professional about a diet that allows you to cut out the unhealthy carbohydrates while still allowing yourself to receive all the nutrition your body needs. For all other dieters looking to lose weight, there are better alternatives to the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet.

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  • Sarah Shulamis D

    This is a really bizarre review. Carbohydrates are not eliminated from the diet, only during two of the three main meals. The third meal may contain carbohydrates, but not exclusively carbs (I.e. You cannot eat 5 slices of cake in a reward meal, but you can have one slice with a well planned meal containing protein, vegetables etc.). Snacks are allowed on some of the plans and are even mentioned in some of the stories. Exercise is mentioned too, but for health not for weight loss as according to the Hellers you can lose weight on this diet without exercise.

    The book contains heart-healthy low cholesterole options, too.

    Reading the review you wrote, it would seem like you did not even read the book.
    And recent research bears out what the Hellers have been saying all along….tasting sweet food even without calories leads to insulin production and weight gain. (see here. http://www.diabetesforum.com/information/popular-artificial-sweetener-increases-blood-sugar-levels-and-insulin-levels.html)