The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is based entirely on combating the hormonal effects of a carbohydrate meal. So, what constitutes a carbohydrate addict? A person who feels a “compelling hunger, craving, or desire for carbohydrate rich foods- an escalating or recurring need or drive for starches, snack foods, or sweets.” Sound familiar? If so, then the diet’s creators, Drs. Rachael and Richard Heller believe that they may have designed the perfect diet to trump the bodies biological make up. The diet, commonly referred to as the CAD diet, is based on the Heller’s personal encounters with carbohydrate addicts, more specfically, a person who suffers from a physiological disadvantage that occurs after the consumption of a carbohydrate meal. The Hellers believe that this process is beyond a lack of willpower or self control, stating that the true problem is a physical addiction to carbohydrates. Understanding this process, described as the “insulin connection,” may very well be the answer to that unforgivable, subconscious hunger.
However, in order to truly understand the science behind the carbohydrate addict’s diet, we must first take a look at the hormonal responses of a normal person or non-carbohydrate addict. For this person, the sensation of hunger is followed by the consumption of a meal (with carbohydrates), resulting in the release of insulin into the blood. The insulin and blood sugars then enter the cells of the body, causing a change in brain chemistry which is followed by the sensation of satisfaction. This process is the ideal bodily reaction to a meal, but is not always the case, thus revealing the “carbohydrate addict.”
The Carbohydrate Addict
For the carbohydrate addict, this process is not so simple. First, the sensation of hunger leads to the consumption of a meal (with carbohydrates). This causes the release of excess insulin into the blood. However, too much insulin remains in the blood and does not enter the cells of the body, which halts the changes in brain chemistry. Although this change seems irrelevant upon first review, the carbohydrate addict will not achieve the feeling of satisfaction. The entire process is repeated and an excess of carbohydrates and calories will be consumed, causing a pattern of damaging effects to the body.
The CAD diet and how it works
The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet is a simple, easy program designed to counter the negative effects caused by carbohydrate consumption. The diet is a bit unorthodox and is meant for carbohydrate addicts only. The foundation of the diet is based on controlled meals during the day with a reward meal for dinner. The “complimentary” meals eaten throughout the day should consist of low carbohydrates, low fat, and high fiber sources. This will result in less insulin being released by the body. Less insulin means fewer hunger cravings and the feeling of satisfaction. Perhaps the greatest part of this diet is the reward meal at the end of each day. This meal should be well balanced, but there are no restrictions of serving size or even types of foods. This approach makes it easier for long term commitment and better overall results.