The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet was written back in 1993 by Dr. Richard and Rachael Heller, and its sole purpose is to educate individuals on their addiction to unfulfilling carbohydrates, and how to kick the nasty habit. With this diet, the founders say that they can help you overcome cravings and yo-yo dieting permanently without any deprivation. The authors themselves spent over nine years of researching, along with thousands of case studies to prove that their method is effective. Between the two of them, they have lost 200 pounds, so they feel confident that their readers can achieve weight loss too.
When stumbling upon their website for The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, it is grossly outdated and hasn’t been updated in over two years. This is a very sad statistic, when you claim your diet book is ground breaking and earth shattering. There is no means of support when looking at their website, and it was so cheap looking you almost were looking for a free download of the book itself to pop up. The book claims to provide meals and menu plans to help battle the cravings that cause weight gain, but we will see how effective this book really is for weight loss.
Do Dieters Lose Weight On The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet?
Many readers suggested that only three meals were allowed each day, two of them being low carb meals and the other being a carbohydrate meal. With only three meals a day and no snacks, you will find yourself hungry and this will in turn mess up your metabolism. If you do not to eat meat or eggs, this diet will be hard to follow as this is suggested most days you are going through the diet. No serious side effects have been noted to come on when going through this diet, but a main concern is that the title of the book is extremely misleading to readers. Let’s see what some of the readers had to say about The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet:
“Well, I'm sad to say that this book didn't work for me. I had such high hopes that it would. When I read about this book, I thought, “They're talking about me!” Always Happy* expressed. “I really believed that I'm a carb addict and I was sure that this book would help me break the carb cycle and to lose those stubborn 10 pounds. Unfortunately, it didn't. I may have lost a pound or two, but nothing significant.” She then went on to say that by the time she got to her Reward Meal all portion control and self-control would go out the window. Because no calorie counting is required on this plan, it leads to overrating, and this became a detrimental issue for her weight loss journey. Finally, she said that there is just too much protein to handle with each day and it became a major turn off.
L Dierdon* stated,“The book and program are borderline obsessive/compulsive. I get the fact that book is written for a carb addict but the requirements of the program promote obsessive weight management. “Dierdon went on to say that this book is more for the person who is obsessed with weight loss, and weighing themselves on a scale. It is not for people who just want to be normal and try and go on a diet to lose weight. The title is misleading at best which left this customer frustrated.
“I was, perhaps foolishly, misled by the title. I thought it would be a diet for people who like carbohydrates and understand their role in stamina and how important they are for physical training. This diet is meant to wean you from carbohydrates – something that makes so sense to me or to the Food Triangle for that matter” says Hank Reed*. He continued to say that he questions the wisdom of a diet that advocates skipping breakfast and lunch. This does not seem healthy for your metabolism, so I understand this customer’s concern. The trend these days is to eat more meals, which are in turn smaller!
Is The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet Easy To Follow?
This diet is going to take planning, and prepping to get used to, so this is not an easy diet to start up on. Making meals entirely from scratch, as well as eating rather unbalanced meals is going to be tough to get used to if you are not living that way already. Some dieters were so sick of meat and eggs by the time they were done with the diet, they gorged on breads and pastas, which ultimately reversed the work they had just done. Because many of the meals are not balanced, it will be hard to stick with for the long term.
The book does encourage having a reward meal of anything you want to have one time each day, and most people choose dinner. This can be dangerous too, because your body will be trying to digest a potentially unhealthy meal everyday, which we all know will not result in weight loss. If you find yourself a binge eater, this diet will not be easy to follow due to the freedom you get each day with the reward meal. There were studies done by the authors on why this technique helped them with weight loss, and they provide those to the reader which is one positive to have some visibility into their research.
The book is old, and the website is outdated. They do not offer any means of support whether it is by phone, e-mail, or social media. The reviews are rather negative in regards to people really losing the weight and keeping it off long term which has me wondering if this book is a complete waste of time when it is all said and done. Due to some success stories, I would not say it is a waste of time but it is most definitely not the most promoted diet program on the market today. If you are lucky you can pick a copy up at your local library and thumb through it, otherwise you may me wasting your $10.00 on Amazon and that doesn’t include shipping charges. An old outdated book is not worth the time and investment when there are better more up to date nutritional programs on the market to follow.
*Please keep in mind that with any diet or weight loss program, individual results will vary
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