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Carbohydrate Addict's Diet Review

Updated on August 29, 2011

Introduction to Carbohydrate Addict's Diet

The carbohydrate addict's diet is not so much a cut and dried diet plan as it is a series of meals and a meal plan based around basic principles put forth by doctors Richard and Rachael Heller, who are the main proponents and creators of the carbohydrate addicts diet. They wrote several books that put forward the theory that many people couldn't lose weight because they were addicted to carbs and so couldn't control fits of overeating white carbs - which get turned almost immediately into fat.  The irony is that to break the addiction, certain carbs are absolutely necessary to be put in the diet, but the idea behind the eating plans outlined in the carbohydrate addict's diet is that having a low carb (not no carb) diet with the right types of carbs spread out through meals can help carbohydrate "junkies" eventually get off of the worst of the habit and have a healthier diet without the cravings that contribute to unhealthy weight gain.

The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet Plan

Some dieters who feel they need structure with their weight loss plan might have some trouble with the carbohydrate addict's diet because it is not a heavily structured or regimented eating plan.  Basically there are a few simple patterns, or a basic premise you need to follow.  There are no scheduled foods or meal times, just a pattern to follow for each meal.  The basic outline and/or pattern is as follows:

Three meals a day, two of which include protein, veggies, and no carbs.  The other meal is considered your "reward meal" on the carbohydrate addict's diet plan, and for that meal you will be able to eat a salad, equal parts protein, veggies, and a carb of your choice like potatoes, dessert, brown rice, or bread.

The one remaining caveat is that you must eat your "reward meal" in 60 minutes or less.  Other than that, stay active and avoid carbs during the other meals.

Low Carb for Carb Addicts

As with any diet, there are some pros and cons with the carbohydrate addict's diet, as well.  One of the positives is that the cheat meal that has 1/3 a plate of carbs definitely helps most dieters stay well below the daily needed intake of carbs while avoiding the wild eating frenzies that can occur when trying to cut them out completely.  One of the negatives is concern over the high calorie and protein content of the diet, which can make it difficult to lose fat, especially if dieters are not as active as they should be.  However, many people who are even moderately active in taking walks or getting out and away from the TV often find very solid success on this meal plan.  The biggest question in the beginning that each person needs to ask individually is whether or not a carb addiction is the real problem or not.  If so, then this eating plan might be a good idea for you.

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      Kate Swanson 8 years ago from Sydney

      I tried the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet and found it very easy to follow and very effective. The rules are simplicity itself: eat no carbs during the day, then for dinner you eat a larg salad as a starter, then whatever you want - and I mean whatever you want. No 1/3 carbs or any other restrictions, you can have devil's food cake if you like. But you must eat the whole meal within one hour.

      It works because even carb addicts can survive a day, if they have the promise of a "pig out" in the evening. And 24 hours between sugar fixes means, surprisingly, that you lose your sweet tooth.

      That's what worked for me - not so much the pounds lost, but the fact that the diet broke my carb addiction, which is what it's all about. I'm no longer a sugarholic!

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I'm a carb addict, alas. Good Hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you for this information.

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      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Yeah, I wouldn't cut them out completely. I recently had to read something twice. It said from a study that most people who do have carbs in their diet are the ones least overweight. Unfortunately, I did not save the source.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a comprehensive hub.