Yes, it’s true, you might not know it but you’re a carb addict! Have you ever realized you gulp down too much soda or have been eating wafers throughout the movie. NO! I’m sure you haven’t. Though many people may suspect there is a physical imbalance that makes them crave carbohydrates and put weight on easily, the underlying cause of their cravings and weight struggles often goes undiagnosed and untreated.
Many of overweight people don’t realize that they are carb addict because this addiction is usually not apparent to the casual observer. According to Rachael Heller, MD, and Richard Heller, MD authors of The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, first published in 1993, among some people the biological processes that are supposed to convert food into energy fail to perform and, Hellers say, “for reasons that are not yet clearly understood, sustained high levels of insulin in the blood result.” Since this book, there have been many best sellers on the theory: Many overweight people are a carb addict.
So, why are you a carb addict?
The problem with almost all carb addict people is caused by an imbalance. An over release of the hormone insulin when carbohydrate-rich foods are eaten. Among its many jobs, insulin signals the body to take in food (it has been called the “hunger hormone”). Once the food is consumed, it signals the body to store the food energy in the form of fat. Too much insulin results in too strong an impulse to eat, too often, and a body that too readily stores food in the form of fat.
What are the signs of being a carb addict?
- When it comes to certain foods, but if your mouth waters every time you walk by a bakery case, candy aisle or bowl of ice cream, especially when you’re not hungry, something is up.
- You couldn’t even imagine a life without pasta, soda or candy. You might use the word “love” when you refer to certain refined or sugar foods. “I love pasta.” “I love cookies.”
- You have a hard time just having one. Whether it’s candy, cookies, pastries or jelly beans, stopping is always the hardest part. In fact, it’s not unusual to eat to the point of feeling sick.
- Every time you eat starchy or sugary carbs, you tell yourself that you’ll cut back later. You know you can just do without the bowl of pasta, but there’s always another day, right? It’s true there’s always tomorrow. But when tomorrow never comes, there’s a problem.
- You’re distracted and can’t stop thinking about your next snack or carb-filled meal. This type of distraction isn’t hunger-related; it’s all about the food. You can’t get on with your day until you appease your craving.
- Portion sizes start to increase. You started by being able to get by on just one or two small cookies, now you can eat half the box.
What to do when you no longer want to be a carb addict?
The following plan may help you break free of carbs. You’ll be amazed at how you’ll look and feel afterward. You’ll have more energy and shave off unwanted pounds, especially around your midsection.
- For the first two weeks, you eat two small Complimentary Meals daily. These should be mainly composed of vegetables and protein (three to four ounces) of meat, fish, or fowl or two ounces of cheese, and roughly two cups of vegetables or salad. The third meal is your Reward Meal, which can be anything you want, in any quantity – though it should be nourishing and well balanced. The trick is to skip the carbs for two meals each day. It’s believed that, if you follow this regimen, you will lose your cravings for carbohydrates in time. After the first two weeks, the regime splits into several eating plans, depending on how much weight you still want to lose, or on whether you just want to maintain what you’ve already lost.
- Another important aspect is that you are not permitted artificial sweetener except during your Reward Meal. This can be quite a challenge, especially if you’re accustomed to sweetened coffee in the morning. However, it can be well worth the deprivation in the long run as you see those pounds melt away.
- Pick one day a week to enjoy your favorite white-flour food such as bread, pizza or pasta. Eating your favorite carb with fiber will also help you better metabolize sugar and keep your weight down. For instance, top your pizza or pasta with a bunch of veggies. But it’s suggested that you should begin your Reward Meal with a salad, such as a Caesar Salad or an Oriental Salad. Your rest of the meal should then be divided into three parts: One-third should consist of low-carb vegetables, one-third protein, and one-third carbs. This formula has proven successful in enabling individuals to achieve long-term weight loss.
- At this point, you’ve been filling up on healthy fats and whole grains. Now you need to focus on portion control. Forget about scales and measuring cups. You can use your hands to measure the right portion size:
- A serving of carbs should be about the size of your fist.
- A serving of meat, poultry or fish should be about the size of your palm.
- A serving of fats should be about the size of your thumb.
- For fruits and veggies, grab all you can hold!
- Always combine your carbs with fats. This will help you slow sugar absorption and control your weight.
Carbohydrate addiction is real…and it hurts.
Carbohydrate addiction is NOT a matter of will power -it is simply a matter of biology.
We know what causes it, and best of all, we know how to correct it -without sacrifice and without deprivation – for life.