THE CARBOHYDRATE ADDICT’S DIET

This diet requires a willingness to learn a new way to eat and to forget lots of the old rules and myths about dieting that have failed to help you in the past. Remember: this diet is designed to treat the cause of your excess weight or recurring cravings.The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is an eating plan designed by carbohydrate addicts for carbohydrate addicts. It includes some new approaches to treating carbohydrate addiction and helping you to lose weight.No weighing, no measuring. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is not a living-by-the-numbers approach to dieting. It does away with the weighing and measuring, calorie counting, and exchange plans common to many other diets. Instead, your body’s own biological mechanisms are used to reduce your carbohydrate cravings, your intake of calories, and the desire to cheat.You needn’t give up your favorite foods. In his first inaugural address, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, in reference to the Great Depression, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” In a similar vein, the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet requires only that you give up the notion that dieting means you must be deprived. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet doesn’t require you to put your appetite on hold for weeks or months on end. It doesn’t require you to give up “forbidden” or fattening foods.The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is not one of those starvation diets that produce short-term weight loss usually followed by an appetite rebound—and by rapid weight gain. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet has proven that for one of your meals each day, every day, you can eat what you want, in the quantities that satisfy you— and still lose weight (in the short term) and keep it off (in the long term).You aren’t limited to small portions. Most diets advise eating small meals several times a day. In contrast, the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet does not restrict you to small portions.The other diets base their advice on the assumption that all dieters will find small, frequent meals containing carbohydrates satisfying. Although this may be true for other dieters, such a regimen plays havoc with the metabolic chemistry of the carbohydrate addict. As a result, standard diets do not produce a comfortable and permanent weight loss for the carbohydrate addict. Instead, these diets, with their frequent small carbohydrate meals, actually feed the addiction and eventually lead to a loss of control of eating.That’s why such diets don’t work for the carbohydrate addict. Just as you can’t expect an alcoholic to drink small quantities of liquor several times a day, we have found that no one can expect the carbohydrate addict to eat small or “sensible” portions of carbohydrates several times daily.As you will see, our approach is different.You can adjust the diet to special situations. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is a dynamic, flexible plan that can accommodate day-to-day changes in your life and your lifestyle.Important food-related events—whether it’s the once-a-year anniversary celebration at the fanciest restaurant in town or the everyday family dinner—can be enjoyed while you still follow your diet and lose weight. Business lunches, entertaining, holidays, parties, and special affairs will no longer present you with temptations to cheat: with a little planning, you can eat normally with your family or friends, and still remain true to the diet and to yourself.You don’t need to feel guilty anymore. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet offers the incredible experience of being blameless—something many of us have rarely felt. The hundreds of subjects who followed the diet in its first few years used it without guilt-ridden cheating sessions. The diet does not require that you deprive yourself; you don’t need to starve yourself for days or weeks; you don’t have to eat tiny “diet meals.”You won’t be left high and dry. The diet doesn’t just abandon you when you reach your target weight as many other diets do.We haven’t taken the Band-Aid approach that many other diets have. These diets fail to help dieters to keep their weight off and then blame dieters for regaining the weight. Losing weight isn’t like a small cut that can just be protected for a week or two and then will disappear forever. Weight problems in most people require ongoing attention and concern. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet will help you to change your lifestyle to treat your addiction for the rest of your life.The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet isn’t a hit-and-run program that will leave you alone and defenseless after a while. Instead, the diet helps to curb your own biological urge for the rest of your life. Best of all, you need no longer fear bingeing, cheating, or regaining those pounds.The goal is permanent weight loss. The goal of the CarbohydrateAddict’s Diet isn’t quick weight loss; our purpose is permanent weight loss. Physicians and scientists agree that the faster you lose weight, the faster you are likely to regain it. It’s like the old story of the woman who lost 1,000 pounds—50 pounds, twenty times over. That’s just what our program is about.We have found the best way to lose weight (so it will remain lost) is to take it off at a measured and sensible pace. At the Carbohydrate Addict’s Center we have found that the best weekly rate of loss should be no more than about 1 percent of the dieter’s current weight. Thus, a 200-pound person should lose no more than two pounds a week, a 150-pounder no more than one and one-half pounds, and so on. This view is shared by the medical community and is endorsed by the National Council Against Health Fraud, Inc., which warns dieters to “beware of weight-loss programs that promise or imply dramatic, rapid weight loss.”Weight-loss programs that promise quicker rates of weight loss do so because their diets are difficult to follow for more than a limited time. On such deprivation diets, even the truly motivated dieter can continue for no more than a few weeks or months. Thus, on these diets, quick weight loss is important because it is the principal reward the diet offers.The result—and bitter experience is speaking here, both firsthand and on behalf of countless others—is money spent, a quick loss of weight, and then abandonment. It’s a lonely feeling, being left to the wiles of a metabolism that has slowed from the fast weight loss. And to the inevitable fear that you’re about to gain back the weight. And the self-blame that follows when you do.This diet isn’t for everyone. Most people do not have the same metabolic response to carbohydrates that the carbohydrate addict does. Nonaddicted people can eat “normally.” But if you’re a carbohydrate addict, you cannot eat “normally” without eventually losing control. Trying to eat and diet like a normal person can only lead to frustration and failure.Try it out. The authors of this book both suffer from carbohydrate addiction, and as scientists we were committed to finding a way out of our addiction by using our knowledge, skills, and training. “After all,” we reasoned, “if we are working on treatments for other kinds of disorders, why shouldn’t we be working on something that will help us as well?”As scientists, we knew that our personal success would not, in itself, provide sufficient clinical information for acceptance of the scientific community, so we tested the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet on others. Over a seven-year period, hundreds of people who have used the diet under our guidance have, in more than eight out of every ten instances, found it a successful means to permanent weight loss. As they lost weight, our carbohydrate addicts also reported decreases in cravings and hunger, as well as great increases in energy levels.Dieters who use it have reported a number of other dividends as well. Some say they sleep better, waking more refreshed than they ever have. Others say they have discovered a renewed sense of energy, even a “sense of peace” upon adopting the diet.Such improvements aren’t surprising really, because a physical battle with an addictive substance is being brought to a successful end. This doesn’t mean that the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet will solve all of your emotional or physical problems. It isn’t a substitute for diagnosis and treatment of physical or psychological ailments. But if carbohydrate addiction is your problem, the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet may well contribute to an enjoyable and improved quality of life.Staying on the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is easy and fun. It does away with the triggers that have, in the past, brought about your failure. Instead of blaming you, the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet works with your strengths—the strengths that every carbohydrate addict naturally has. The strengths are there, in the biochemistry of your metabolism, and we have found that you can make them work for you.*24\236\2*

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