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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

PRO
  • 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
CON
  • 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
DIET and NUTRITION

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
EXERCISE

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.

CONCLUSION

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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Lola

I started this diet March 9, 2009 after trying on dresses for my father's funeral. At 5'6 and 220 lbs, I was truly disgusted with myself. I knew something needed to be done. It has been six weeks and I have lost 9 lbs. That doesn't seem like much but I don't really feel I'm on a diet. NO CRAVINGS! I don't even feel like cheating a little (that's huge) I feel almost guilty at my reward dinner. It is so easy - I just wish I would lose weight quicker. But hey, I didn't get this big in a few weeks so I will just have to be paitent.

posted Apr 25th, 2009 2:39 am


Debi

This is something that can work and is doable if you are at a point to "start" losing weight and getting back on track. I say start because you use this to get a foothold on weight loss - not a long term way of eating. You must be careful with your reward meal. You will want to be like a kid in a candy store for that hour. That is defeating the purpose if you want to continue to eat better and keep the weight off. Don't fool yourself. AND exercise is part of it. All depends on your fitness level - from a 30 min. walk to working out at a gym.
You can lose weight on this plan.

posted Apr 18th, 2009 9:58 am


carolsongs

Hi, I had this book a few years back and tried the diet for a week, I didnt know much about low carb diets at the time and did not stick with it, now that I am in my forties,I realize sugar and lots of pasts is not very healthy for me and I need to loose 45 lbs , Ive been on other diets and am always hungry, this diet makes sense and Ive been going by the diet from what I can remember and I feel great, not hungry all the time and looking foward to finally loosing this weight. , is it true we can have dessert one meal a day? reward meal? if so thats fabulous!!! I am reodering The book .again

posted Apr 10th, 2009 9:07 pm


Barbara

I have been on CAD for one month now and have lost 5 lbs. I take thyroid and my metabolism is sluggish and I do not exercise. I am 75 and as I posted on Jan 14th when I began again, I love this diet and it is the only one I feel comfortable with and am never hungry or have cravings. I have my reward meal every day between 3:30 and 4:30 because that is when I am the hungriest. I have 30 pounds more to lose which will take me another six months.

posted Feb 17th, 2009 1:50 pm


gramdear

i cant find my book, i have ordered one, just havnt got it yet, can someone give me a few idea for breakfast, i am getting real tired of eggs, thankyou so much

posted Feb 13th, 2009 12:24 pm


gramdear

I went on this diet years ago and olny stuck for two weeks, i was pleasantly surprised on how much i could eat on my reward meal, and still lose weight, , but just like any other diet i went off and could not get back on. i am going to try it again, does anyone have any tipsfor me, or maybe a sample of a days meals, thanks

posted Feb 8th, 2009 12:59 pm


Todd

I went on this diet in 1999 and lost 85 pounds. I was very happy and receiving compliments and looks from the ladies for quite some time.
What you have to remember (and what I failed to) is you're an addict for life. Just like drugs and alcohol addiction, once an addict, always an addict. So when I achieved my goal and went back to eating the way I used to prior to the diet, all the weight returned. I once again became an uncontrollable binge'ing monster eating everything in sight.
But the remarkable thing to me was that even though I was eating like that, the weight came back very slowly. I've been on other diets since this diet (Atkins) and the weight came off quickly but once off the diet, it came back just as quick and I was heavier than when I started.
Not so with the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. While on this diet, the weight came off slowly at 1 to 2 pounds per week which is considered a healthy weight loss. So when I went off the diet, I noticed once I was heavy again that it took a long time for me to get there. It didn't rush back on like it did on Atkins.
Regardless though, it did creep back on so here I am again, ten years later, blowing the dust off my old Carbohydrate Addict's Diet Book and reading it again. I'm starting today. At lunch I ordered a cheeseburger and tossed the bun and it was excellent. Funny how much better food tastes when you know you're doing something good for yourself. I feel great about myself for doing something that I should have done long ago.
I'm 43 years old and once again Obese. The Carbohydrate Addiction Diet is the only diet that has ever worked for me long term with a slow healthy weight loss which is easy to stick to. I mean heck, 1 to 2 pounds a week is agonizingly slow but the secret to this diet is that reward meal which makes the 1 to 2 pounds a week bearable and successful long term.
Stick to it, and remember, once an addict, always an addict. You and I will have to eat to control our carbohydrate addiction for the rest of our lives.

Not difficult to do on this diet. I'm not going to ask you to wish me luck because I know I will be successful at it. You will too.

posted Feb 4th, 2009 3:25 pm


Sarah Wibe

I lost 65 pounds on the diet, and have maintained for nearly 5 years. It's a plan that works for life. Easy to maintain, easy to get bak on track if you go astray!

posted Jan 21st, 2009 1:24 pm


Kristine

I love this diet. I try and keep the calories at 1200 a day though. A+

posted Jan 15th, 2009 12:53 pm


Mary & Rob

My husband and I do this together each time. He loses much faster than I but it works, no hunger between meals, no tired afternoons, no snacks after dinner. It is very easy.

posted Jan 14th, 2009 10:25 pm


Barbara

I went on this when I was 60 yrs old and lost 35 lbs in 7 months. I exercised on the treadmill 30 min a day. I loved this diet and used to set a buffet for my reward meal. ( I know, it says you can't do that anymore) but I began again yesterday and I am 75 now and need to lose 40 lbs now. I have a hard time on maintenance so maybe this time when I lose it I can maintain it. I wrote to Dr. Heller and she wrote back and congratulated me. I live alone now and don't care to cook much anymore but I can cook enough for a week and eat a little each day on my reward meal.

posted Jan 14th, 2009 2:24 pm


Chris

I love this Diet!!! I was on it 5 years ago and lost 20 lbs. Now I have gained it all back so I"m about to begin again. Its easy to follow, no counting calories or points and no worries- Simply do not eat carbs 2 meals a day then have a healthy dinner that contains carbs. Good luck all, I'm going to be 20 lbs lighter by summer!

posted Jan 12th, 2009 1:52 pm


luanne

I just wanted to add to all the other positive comments that this is a great plan.

It is not just the reduction in cravings and therefore calories that makes it work, though. When too much insulin is released, the body will not lose weight, since insulin promotes storage. It doesn't matter if you are eating 1200 calories a day. This diet affects the hormones that govern satiety and fat storage, which is why it works.

If you ever feel out of control about food you will be so happy you tried this!

posted Jan 6th, 2009 12:15 pm


Jen C

I've lost 25 pounds in about 4 months. The weight loss has been slow but steady. I feel so much more in control on this diet as compared to any others I've ever been on. I really feel like I could do this forever. I was on the diet once before and quit eating the salads at the reward meal and then quit losing weight (I maintained) and eventually quit and gained all 40 pounds back. Now I'm starting again...and I haven't missed a salad yet!!!!

posted Jan 3rd, 2009 11:31 pm


Sharon M

I 've tried other low carb diets & always feel much healthier when I cut the carbs & eliminate sugars. So I know that low carb is the way I want to go. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to stick with other low carb diets for more than a couple months. I've realized that completely eliminating the foods I love the most like fresh fruits, pasta dishes, authentic Mexican food, or fresh baked bread, etc., for the rest of my life just isn't gonna happen. I have to stop deluding myself about that no matter how appealing and easy the diet authors make it sound.

Successful Atkins dieters have done it and I admire them. But I'm done with that diet. And tired of reading all their success stories while I keep failing at it.

And not just Atkins, but all of those other overly sweet meal bars, and drink mixes just gag me after while. What's up with that extreme sweet anyway.

I'm ready to give the Hellers' diet a try and am excited and hopeful.

I want to get 50 lbs of ugly blubber off me and am detemined once again.

Wish me luck. I'm starting today.

posted Jan 1st, 2009 3:04 pm


Michele

It's Easy and it works. South Beach is a lot harder to stick with. This gives you all the benefits of low carb while giving you at least one meal you can splurge on. After a while you won't even want to splurge but knowing you can is nice.

posted Dec 26th, 2008 1:58 pm


June

This is my favorite diet. I've already lost 5 lbs in less than two weeks. This diet works best for me because it reduces my cravings in the day, and the thought that I can have almost anything I want at least once a day keeps me sane. I usually have a coffee or redbull in the middle of hte day to keep my energy up, but the caffeine adds even more to my appetite suppression.



Give this a try. I think the reason why this diet works so well is because it (1) reduces cravings and helps you to eat less, (2) stops you from snacking throughout the day, and (3) gives you permission to your favorite foods at least once.



GOod luck!

posted Nov 26th, 2008 9:46 pm


Ginger

110 lbs off............need more info?

posted Nov 24th, 2008 2:47 pm


Robin

I've been on this plan for a little under a week now, and I've already lost 4 lbs. No cravings, no stomach upset, no problems whatsoever! We'll see how it goes over the long haul, but so far, so good!

posted Nov 17th, 2008 1:06 am


Lisa

Tried and loved this program.....but as the norm. fell off and am having a hard time restarting. Going to the Library tomorrow to reborrow the book. Having the book as reference is definitely helpful. The most difficult part I found was trying to watch all the eggs, cheese etc. regarding cholesterol. Any suggestions for breakfast?????

posted Nov 15th, 2008 8:35 pm



 

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