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Carbohydrate Addicts Diet

If you're a carb addict, don't think you can't reward yourself... daily!

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Do you often enjoy a large meal and soon after feel hungry again? Or, do you feel like you can't stop eating starchy goodies once you've started? It's time you faced up to your addiction to carbs. You're not alone and the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet might just be the plan for you.

It's possible your body doesn't process carbs the way everyone else does. Sometimes, carbs in your body will result in substantial production of insulin, which in turn creates fat stores. The Carb Addict's Diet, created by Dr. Richard and Dr. Rachael Heller, manages your insulin level by helping you eat in a way that properly mixes when and what you eat. You'll even get to fight the addiction with your food must-haves.

Common Misspellings

Carbhydrate Addicts Diet, Carbahydrates Addict's Diet, Carbohydrate Addict's Deit

  • Allows for a substantial portion of daily carbohydrates
  • May help to control imbalanced blood sugar levels, sugar cravings and mood swings
  • Nutrient-less carbohydrates are replaced by nutrient-rich foods
  • May help you to lose weight
  • Consuming too many unhealthy carbohydrates has been linked to obesity, diabetes and other chronic health conditions
  • Specific instructions for reward meal are needed
  • Reward meal may turn into a 60-minute binge fest for those feeling truly carbohydrate-deprived
  • Restriction of fruit is disputed by some nutrition experts
  • Weight loss is likely to be temporary unless the dieter restricts their carb intake for the long-term

True to its name, the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet restricts certain carbohydrates from your diet while allowing you to eat a modest of amount of approved carbs.

During the first two weeks of the diet, you follow a fairly strict plan of eating only certain foods and foods delineated in the Complimentary Meals list. Such foods include:

  • Meat and poultry
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fats, oils and dressings
  • Eggs and dairy products
  • Vegetables and salads
  • Special low-carb desserts (recipes in book)

Three meals a day are allowed. Breakfast and lunch must be protein plus low-glycemic vegetables. Dinner is referred to as your reward meal where you can eat whatever you want as long as you eat it in a one-hour time period.

Once you finish with the first two weeks of the diet, you gradually start to re-introduce certain carbs back into your diet, but the quantity and kinds of carbs are dependent upon your weight loss goals. The same reward meal applies.

A sample day on the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet might look like this:

  • Breakfast: Omelet made with a combination of egg whites and one whole egg, bell peppers and mushrooms
  • Lunch: Romaine lettuce salad topped with grilled chicken breast, cucumber slices and olive oil and lemon juice
  • Snack: Hard-boiled eggs or string cheese
  • Dinner: Modest serving of pasta marinara and topped with Parmesan cheese shavings, served with sauteed broccoli.

Foods that are to be avoided during the day are:

  • Fruit
  • Fruit juices
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Sugar & sweets
  • Processed food

You are encouraged to be consistently active while following the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. Clocking hours at the gym or on the StairMaster is not recommended, but rather you should aim to move your body more through modest exercise and in your daily routine.


Carbs have certainly received a bad rap in recent years as more and more research shows that diets high in refined carbohydrates can lead to weight gain and out-of-whack insulin levels.

While it's great dietary practice to limit the amount of refined carbs you eat, completing nixing fruit or even the occasional candy bar is just not realistic or healthy.

Even though the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet is likely to result in weight loss and receives high marks for its inclusion of lean protein and healthy veggies, its permission of a reward meal may lead to pasta binges and the resulting weight loss is likely to be temporary, once you cycle off the diet.

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I would like to star this diet tomorrow april 1st.
I'll let you know how was it.

posted Mar 31st, 2014 9:30 pm

Rose Beach

Love the inspirational posts from people who have succeeded on the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. I'm on it now and am very happy!

posted Jun 9th, 2013 8:32 pm

S.Sree Kiruthika

Is the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet suited for vegetarians? This is simply amazing diet plan. Does this diet suit vegetarians also?

posted Feb 21st, 2013 5:39 pm


I read the book and followed their instructions...No carbs for 23 hrs. then when u fell as if u are going to quit the diet it is time for an hour of nothing but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with milk..I lost 11 lbs. the first week and 40 more after that....Now for 5 years I have been retired and not getting enough exercise and falling into my carb gouging...So starting today, I am going back to the Carbohydrate addicts diet.. My colesterol and triglycerides when I was on the diet for two months dropped sooo low that my doctor thought he had the wrong blood work...He was amased.. I went from 335 bad colesterol to 95 and triglycerides went from 365 to 135...This diet WORKS...but I would use it for only about 6 weeks..shed about 45 lbs. and go back to my point system @ weight watchers...and I will be good to go... ps: after u are on the Dr. Heller's diet for 2 days, your cravings for sweets will just about diminish completely..good luck and God Bless......

posted Nov 13th, 2012 7:43 pm


I love this diet and am just starting it for the second time. I did it approximately 15 years ago and lost 42 pounds in 2 1/2 months! It was the greatest thing for me. My doctor had suggested the Atkins diet but I love my carbs too much and it just wasn't working out for me so he suggested the CAD. I'm a believer! I kept most of the weight off for about 10 yrs but now I'm back were I started unfortunately. :( So here we go again and I know I'll have the same luck. I'm already off to a great start with 3 pounds gone in my first day. I can't wait to get to were I was back then.

posted Jul 17th, 2012 7:58 pm


The Diet Does Work, It worked better for me than Atkins. In the beginning My reward meal was huge but after a couple of weeks I felt I was in control of my eating. I lost 50+ lbs. If you do not taper off the plan as stated in the book you will gain the weight back and the uncontrolled hunger/cravings. it is a plan that you can live with. It is a good plan

posted Mar 1st, 2012 7:02 pm


I have been on this plan and it's great! I never cheated ONCE in four months because you don't have to cheat on this. If you're feeling deprived or if someone brings cake into work, you just save it for your reward meal. If you didn't get to eat your craving today, there is always tomorrow. You get to reward yourself EVERY DAY. The trick is not to do it ALL day, like I was doing!! LOL

posted Jan 11th, 2012 3:04 pm

Patricia Smith

It has been working like a dream for me....What a relief to stop the bingeing! I do whatever I have to at the reward meal to ensure I don't eat past the one-hour time limit. I used to use the Atkins plan, but found I went crazy with cravings. The Carbohydrate's Addict's Diet has been a new, energized way of living! I take comfort in knowing that I can fit all my favorites in my reward meals, which stops the feelings of deprivation. This is my second month, I lost 8 lbs. painlessly. This includes family dinners, parties, events, etc.

posted Oct 28th, 2011 4:22 pm


I did this diet back in 1994 and lost 35 lbs in about 7 months. I have always taken thyroid pills and can starve and won't lose weight. I do need to do some exercise such as walking or dancing to the oldies. Anyway, I regained the weight the following year, because I thought I could eat normal. Now I need to lose 35 lbs again. I am 78 yrs young and can do the exercise. I am on second day and feeling good. Good time of year to do this diet because of big dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just stay in that hour. I used to go to buffet and yes, pig out, for an hour and still lost weight.

posted Oct 20th, 2011 4:23 pm

bill cramer

On the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, can we have wine in the reward meal? red wine

posted Oct 11th, 2011 6:09 pm


My doctor suggested eating this way , no carbs before dinner. He lives this way and he's pretty slim!!! He's never heard of the Hellers but was fine with me following this way of life. I've lost 16 pounds since May. He did say though that this has to be a forever thing or the weight will come back. Good luck everyone!!

posted Sep 11th, 2011 8:01 pm

Hey, that's the greaetst! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

Hey, that's the greaetst! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

posted Sep 9th, 2011 2:59 am


I am 66 and started the diet yesterday. I am 5 ft. 9 inches and 222 lbs. and a mild diabetic, recently diagnosed. So far so good, including my blood sugar readings. It is difficult w/o a snack but I'm hanging in there. Why must coffee be consumed within 15 mins.? I wish I could have a small protein snack like string cheese or boneless chicken breast, but so far am adhering to the rules. I would like to get down to at least 175 lbs.

posted Jul 18th, 2011 10:55 am


Hi everyone, I have been struggling with losing weigh my whole life and am currently doing a bit more research on this book before I decide to get it. Can anyone please tell me what is the difference between this diet and Atkins??? I have so many questions lol! I tried the Atkins induction but I cannot stand eggs and any of the fake sweeteners, they give me migraines, plus I too have PCOS.Please feel free to email with any comments, thanks!

posted May 31st, 2011 6:47 pm


The only diet that has every truly worked for me....I don't know why but I am much less hungry on this diet than when following traditional diets like Weight Watchers, Slim fast etc. Thanks to the creators of this program!

posted Apr 14th, 2011 7:36 pm


I too have PCOS and this is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for me! I tried the low cal and low fat and ended up gaining weigh!!!. I am so thankful for this plan, not diet, because it is a total new way of life that is easy and enjoyable!!!

posted Apr 10th, 2011 8:38 pm

Pam Phree

I just started on this diet today. As a carb addict, I never ate very much just ate all the wrong things. Carb loaded every meal and snacks. Now I'm eating no carbs for breakfast, huge salad for lunch, only carb is in the dressing and a moderate carb dinner. This works for me as I cook dinner for my elderly mother and must eat the same things she does to make her happy. I'm planning on sticking with this forever and will happily report when I've lost the 40 pounds I need to lose. Keep the comments coming! They encourage me to keep going.

posted Mar 28th, 2011 10:15 pm


I did this back in 2000, I found the book in my house. I LOVE this plan. When you are an addict Like myself you cannot expect to not eat carbs at all or only "good carbs". I lost 50 pounds with a smile on my face. Now when we talk about diets my Niece refers to CAD as the Happy diet. Please read the book and try it too.

posted Mar 25th, 2011 6:26 pm


My 18 year old daughter has struggled with her weight since elementary school. I found a copy of The Carbohydrate Addict's diet . My daughter took it, read it ,and immediately put it into practice, and has lost 28 pounds in less than 3 months! She is looking great and her self esteem has zoomed. I have now started the meal plan, and hope to have similar results!

posted Feb 9th, 2011 5:44 pm


I tried this diet back in the 90's shortly after the book came out. It worked like a dream. I was not extremely heavy, just needed to lose 15-20 pounds. I lost 17 pounds almost effortlessly - never felt hungry or deprived, and was able to keep the weight off for almost 3 years. Why did I regain the weight? Because I stopped eating low-carb, pure and simple. Since then I have struggled with my weight and been unable to lose it by traditional methods. I even gained more weight so that I need to lose 20+ pounds now. So I'm back to what worked for me before. The beauty of having a reward meal is that it's much easier to forego carbs if you know you can have them later on in the day, rather than that you can't have them at all. And yes, sometimes I did "pig out" at my reward meal, but I still lost the weight. It didn't matter if it took a little longer, because I wasn't starving, I wasn't depriving myself, and I was able to eat all the foods I liked. I'm hopeful that with the plethora of low-carb recipes that have now been developed, I will be able to eat low-carb for life and won't fall off the wagon again because of boredom with the same foods over and over again.

posted Jan 4th, 2011 3:08 am


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