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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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Lara

This diet is my all time favorite ever. It reduces cravings, and stops you from snacking all night. I started on July 1st and have lost 25 pounds so far (it's November 2nd 2008 today) without excersice and I feel great. Try to get the newest version published in 1991 because the versions released after are a little different as far as balancing your reward meal and what you eat for complimentary meals. Read the book from beginning to end, keep going back to read it over and over so you don't forget the basic rules. Make sure that you aren't accidentally eating hidden sugars in your complimentary meals, and stay away from msg on your complimentary meals as well. Don't get discouraged about the scale becasue you will be up and down and all over the place. Good luck to you!

posted Nov 4th, 2008 4:24 pm


Diane

I did this plan for eating 7 years ago and lost 20 lbs. I could not believe it, I was eating coffee rolls from dunkin donuts all the time at my reward meal and still losing weight.. I ended up having knee surgury and couldn't contiue it.. I'm back on it again and need to lose 25 to 30lbs. I don't feel hungry. sometimes I feel that I dont eat enough during the day and OVER DO IT at my reward meal.. I have decided to make cereal my carb snack at night. NO MORE SUZI Q'S and CHIPS... GOOD LUCK TO ALL

posted Oct 22nd, 2008 2:41 pm


maxx yee

you said in your book not to go on this diet if you have an autoimmune disease (i have hypothyroid) or if you have diabetes. my glucose level is about 100 (borderline). i went on it anyway and wonder if i am damaging myself? also will it make me insulin resistant?

i travel a lot, and it is impossible for me to stay on the diet while travelling. will going on and off the diet all the time be damaging to my body?

posted Oct 15th, 2008 10:15 pm


AMANDA

I started the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet 1 year ago today (10/8/08). I have lost 60 pounds and feel wonderful. This diet is simply amazing! If you can stick to it everyday you will have success too! And to the person who asked about the low carb bars. No you cannot have those on this diet except at your reward meal. Be very careful not to go by net carbs, only grams. Its a common mistake at first but it can throw off your whole day.

posted Oct 8th, 2008 12:30 pm


Rebecka

I started this diet. On 10/4/2008. I thought there is no way I can lose weight eating dessert. But, low and be hold it works. this is 10/7/2008 and I have already lost 2lbs. It is great! I put my husband on it too. He was optomistic at first but, he is starting to get into it also. Hopefully we will get healthy again.

posted Oct 7th, 2008 11:26 am


#34

Can you eat the low carb bars on this diet? These bars show high carbs but low IMPACT carbs. - Thanks for any input.

posted Oct 6th, 2008 5:55 pm


#34

Can you eat the low carb bars on this diet? These bars show high carbs but low IMPACT carbs. - Thanks for any input.

posted Oct 6th, 2008 4:28 pm


Susan

I, too, have had great success on this diet. I made sure also that my calories and fat for the Reward Meal were not out of control and changed all my grains, including pasta, to 100% whole grains. I increased fiber to the recommended 25-30 g per day and lost weight consistently. Most often, dessert was a piece of fruit. The weight came off and I am not young with a young person's metabolism. I first tried this diet in my late forties and am about to go back on it at the age of 50 because I allowed myself to return to bad habits. I highly recommend this diet.

posted Sep 16th, 2008 11:06 am


Sonja

I did the diet about 7 years ago. I had the complimentary meals and during my hour I ate a balanced meal but I ate whatever I wanted. I did what she talked about in the book. Broke the meal up into categories. I had something for appetizers, main course and dessert. I was sooo stuffed in the end that I didn't even think about anymore food all night. I also chased everything down with coffee.................. I lost 48 pounds. I was soooooo ammazed! I love this diet.

posted Sep 11th, 2008 6:18 pm


carole

I'm losing weight slowly because at first I ate too much at my reward meal. now that i've returned to my senses its coming off faster. 15# in 4 months so far. It just takes some creativity, i dont follow the recipes. my favorite dinner is salmon/broccoli/garlic bread/red wine . YUM! other regular meal foods I like are celery and cream cheese, eggs N bacon, cottage cheese, salads, salads, salads . A hot dog and chocolate shake fits in the plan too.! Dont give up on it, write down that weight. Good Luck.

posted Sep 2nd, 2008 8:37 am


Heather

I did this diet about ten years ago when I was 37 years old. It was like a miracle for me because after having two children and getting them to a reasonably comfortable phase, I just could not seem to lose the weight. I would sometimes not eat anything all day and then find myself in a convenience store having a doughnut and coffee to reward myself for driving in the snow and working. It was a terrible thing. So, I began it at Easter with candy all around and was able to have a bit if I felt like it at my reward dinner. I lost sixty pounds and kept it off for three years, then had a bit of trouble keeping on it, and jumped back on it again. I maintained my weight for several years with this plan. I went off of it for several years but have just begun it again after undergoing a hysterectomy and surgical menopause which spurred a weight gain of about twenty pounds. I've lost six pounds in a few weeks, and feel back in the driver's seat again. Like others, I would really eat everything I could think of at the reward meal at first, and now I don't bother. I had to use my reward for a junky catered food meal at work and still the weight went down. Trick to this is weighing daily, averaging then entering weekly average to chart. Trust me. Best of luck!

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posted Jul 28th, 2008 9:11 am


Diana

I know that I am a Carbohydrate addict. This diet has been a blessing for me. I've had the book in my night stand for many years finally four weeks ago I started reading it and I thought oh my goodness I can do this. If this works it will a great way for me to control my appetite and break my carb addiction. I started the day after my 48th birthday and 4 weeks later I'm already down 10 lbs and I never feel hungry and I even have to remind myself to eat both complimentary meals. I don't even need the snack meal. At first I was out of control with the reward meal but now I just eat a regular meal with a desert within one hour. I don't even think about a snack at night I'm just not hungry!!! I am amazed at the energy I have too. This is by far the best diet/lifestyle change I have ever done. I've been telling everyone to try this diet because it is so easy and it WORKS!!!!. This IS the diet you've been looking for...Good Luck! God Bless

posted Jul 21st, 2008 5:09 pm


Sallyann

I did this plan 5 years ago and lost 30 lbs. I unfortunately went on vacation and got out of control with the carbs and gain every bit back plus some. I have tried other things, eating right and I have a limitation to exercise since I have osteoarthritis, but I can still walk. I will go on this plan again. The first time I didn't even buy the book I got it from the library, but this time, I'm going to get the book and shed this weight to take the pressure off my joints. Wholeheartedly recommend it.

posted Jul 10th, 2008 9:11 am


Michelle

starting this diet today hopefully it will work because I can't stay on Atkins I crave carbs I really do

posted Jul 9th, 2008 10:05 am


marybeth

I have been doing Atkins for months doing good,but I need a change. I think this diet may work better for me, Fruits and bread I always miss.One meal a day that I can enjoy with my family will be great.Good Luck to all.

posted Jun 29th, 2008 5:50 pm


Anita

Started this program today . I am hopeful this one is the answer.

posted Apr 28th, 2008 1:12 pm


Cheryl

I tried this diet several years ago. I was a size 24W. After just two months, I had lost 40 lbs and was a size 18W. I've stayed there since. It took some getting used to, and I didn't follow the recipes... just ate differently, saving carbs for dinner. After a couple of days, my energy levels were up, I didn't experience the crash after meals, and I wasn't at all hungry or feeling deprived. I'm getting ready to start on it again.

posted Mar 9th, 2008 9:00 pm


Lucy

I am a carb addict. Once I started, I couldn't stop eating candy, chips, potatoes...even when I'd just finished a big meal. Just a couple days after starting the diet my cravings were gone! Before I'd jog and not lose a pound, now I stopped jogging and am losing 1 pound a week for the last month. The best part is not feeling the uncontrollable compulsion to eat and never feeling satisfied! Plus, no one even knows I'm on a diet.

posted Mar 4th, 2008 7:20 am


ChristineR

I am a carbohydrate addict so this diet was SO much easier for me than south beach. Having to cut out all the carbs was really hard so I enjoyed that I got to keep them in my diet, even if only a small amount. I also liked that I got to dictate when I got to eat because my schedule fluctuates so much. Definitely recommend to anyone who has a busy lifestyle and can't give them up!



 

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