Some people develop unmanageable cravings for high-carb foods due to the pancreas producing too much insulin, leading to weight gain.

The carbohydrate addict’s diet is a program based on the theory that balancing insulin levels in the body will lead to reduced insulin resistance and fewer cravings for foods high in carbohydrates.

The diet has two steps: reduce the high-carbohydrate foods that are consumed, and regulate insulin levels by using dietary supplements.

The Hellers define carbohydrate addiction as a compelling hunger, craving, or desire for foods high in carbohydrates, or an escalating and recurring need for starchy foods, snack foods, junk foods, and sweets.

Up to 75% of people who are overweight are addicted to carbohydrates, according to the Hellers. Carbohydrate addiction is caused by an over-production of the hormone insulin when foods high in carbohydrates are eaten.

Over time, some people with this condition develop insulin resistance, where cells in tissue stop responding to insulin.

Carbohydrate addict’s diet

The carbohydrate addict’s diet begins with the entry plan, which allows two complimentary meals and one reward meal each day for the first week.

The diet also allows for a snack and salads. The complimentary meal is composed of one serving of meat and two cups of low-carb vegetables or two cups of salad. There is an extensive list of meats and vegetables to choose from. The reward meal can be as large as the person wants but it must be composed of equal portions of protein, low-carb vegetables, and high-carb foods (including dessert). The reward meal must be eaten in an hour. A snack is the same as a complementary meal but half the size. The diet allows for an unlimited amount of water, diet drinks, and unsweetened coffee and tea.

Benefits

The primary benefit of the carbohydrate addict’s diet is that carb-addicts can control their cravings and lose weight by eating high-carb foods only once a day. The diet is less strict than the Atkins low-carb diet since it allows for one meal a day with three equal portions of foods high in carbohydrates, high in protein, and low in carbohydrates. The carbohydrate addict’s diet is suitable for vegetarians (though not vegans) since it allows for low-fat cheeses, egg whites, egg substitutes, and tofu.

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