- Series: Signet
- Mass Market Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1st Signet Printing edition (March 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780451173393
- ISBN-13: 978-0451173393
- ASIN: 0451173392
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 321 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet: The Lifelong Solution to Yo-Yo Dieting (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1993
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If you've been a yo-yo dieter for years or if you can eat a pound of pasta at one sitting, this book may very well be an eye opener. In simple--but never condescending--language, it explains the roots of carbohydrate cravings and teaches you how to normalize your insulin levels to prevent future food binges. Regulated insulin levels in turn help to temper serotonin levels, so food cravings and mood swings are prevented. The authors, both research scientists (one a health psychologist, the other a pathologist), have lost and kept off a total of 200 pounds between them. They've based this book on nearly a decade's worth of research, during which they've helped nearly 80 percent of their patients lose weight and keep it off for at least a year.
They explain that carbohydrate addicts most commonly crave popcorn, breads, bagels, rice, pasta, potatoes, ice cream, chocolate, pie, cookies, crackers, cake, fruit and fruit juice, potato chips, and pretzels. A questionnaire at the beginning of the book determines if you're indeed a carbohydrate addict, and if so, to what extent. (For those readers whose quiz doesn't indicate addiction, but who are bothered by their food cravings, the authors recommend a doctor's visit for an explanation.) The book includes a diet plan with dozens of easy recipes, a chart of the carbohydrate content of many common foods, and lists of binge triggers to watch for. The most appealing part of the diet--and one reason that it wins raves from its followers--is its once-a-day reward meal, which allows you to eat anything you want. The authors also offer helpful tips for incorporating the diet away from home, such as at parties and restaurants.
About the Author
Rachael F. Heller, M.A., M.Ph., Ph.D., is a research and health psychologist, and professor at both the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. Richard and Rachael Heller live in Florida.
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I think my hormones play a role in how well I am able to control carbohydrate cravings at dinner. When I got the book, I had just finished my period. It was easy to eat a small portion of carbs with a glass of wine and feel comfortable for the rest of the evening. This is the week before my period and all my old eating habits are trying to rear their ugly head. I want candy, cake and chips, stuff I didn't crave at all the first few weeks on the plan. I suspect that the hormonal changes are behind this so I may have to limit my overall carbohydrate consumption at dinner when I know I am PMSing. Once the period is over, I can return to eating carbs at night but I can't eat them right now because my hormones trigger more cravings depending on where I am in my cycle.
Whole outlook on eating. I never imagined I could eat health, only limit carbs for two meals a day. And, then eat the cake , the ice cream or the fudge every day at the reward meal.