Carbohydrate addiction makes us fat. That’s why is it important to understand Carbohydrate Addiction? Eating a diet loaded with carbohydrates is the reason why we gain weight and why we can’t lose the weight we’ve gained (Markus, Rogers, Brouns, & Schepers, 2017). No other diet works as well as the ketogenic diet for weight loss. This has been shown by study after study.
To decide if you are a Carbohydrate Addict, ask yourself these questions.
- Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
- Do you worry that you’re eating the wrong foods and in the wrong amounts?
- Do you eat so much that you feel sluggish and tired?
- Does the thought of cutting down on your favorite carb loaded food make you break into a sweat?
- Do you eat when you’re sad or anxious?
- Do you hide your carb loaded treats so no one will know you’re indulging?
- Are you a binge eater? Do you buy a gallon of ice cream and eat it in a single sitting?
- Do you creep to the refrigerator during the night to grab a snack?
Take Yale Food Addiction Scale
You can take an abbreviated form of this scale here of these statements were drawn from The Yale Food Addiction Scale. Other statements come from my experience as a food addict (A. Gearhardt; A. N. Gearhardt, Corbin, & Brownell, 2009; A. N. Gearhardt, Roberto, Seamans, Corbin, & Brownell, 2013; Meule & Gearhardt, 2014; Pursey, Stanwell, Gearhardt, Collins, & Burrows, 2014). You can take an abbreviated version of the scale here.
You can download a copy of the Yale Food Addiction Scale here. http://www.midss.org/content/yale-food-addiction-scale-yfas
You’re Not Alone
If you’ve answered “Yes” to these questions, join the club. We Carbohydrate Addicts are legion. We’re everywhere. In any gathering, one in four of us is a Carbohydrate Addict. The next time you’re in a crowd look around you. Try and guess who, other than you, might be a Carbohydrate Addict. Don’t limit yourself to the heavyset guy wearing low rider jeans. The pencil thin gal in the other checkout line could also be a Carbohydrate Addict. It doesn’t matter whether we’re overweight or underweight, we can still be addicted to carbohydrates.
Carb Addiction Is Real
I’ve listed only a few symptoms of Carbohydrate Addiction. If you get nothing else from this post, get this. Carbohydrate Addiction is real. It’s as real and as disabling as addiction to alcohol or drugs. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You’re not weak or lacking in will power.
Carb Addiction Is Powerful
Don’t underestimate Carbohydrate Addiction. Carb Addiction is powerful. There’s considerable science which proves that carbohydrates change the reward system in your brain in the same way as drugs such as heroin or cocaine do. Those ice cream cravings are as powerful as cocaine cravings (K. Ahmed, Penney, Darzi, & Purkayastha, 2018; S. H. Ahmed, Guillem, & Vandaele, 2013; Lenoir, Serre, Cantin, & Ahmed, 2007).
Maybe you don’t like to think of yourself as an addict. Addicts are those pitiful people who end up in drunk tanks or sleeping on park benches. Addicts are other people, not you or me. Think again. Carbohydrate Addiction does not discriminate. Carbohydrates will addict the wealthy, the poor, the clever, and the not so clever.
Carbohydrate Addiction Makes Us Sick
For example, most of us fear the Big “C”. The word “cancer” makes the strongest among us cringe. Eating a ketogenic diet starves cancer cells, but normal cells are not adversely affected (Ok et al., 2018; Weber, Aminazdeh-Gohari, & Kofler, 2018) . Diets and Carbohydrate Addiction
Get Control Of Your Addiction
To manage a Carbohydrate Addiction, you’ll follow some version of a ketogenic diet. There are many versions of Keto diets. What these diets have in common is a drastic decrease in carbohydrate consumption and an increase in fat and protein consumption. All variants of a Keto diet require a dramatic reduction in processed sugars and grains. Individuals vary in their ability to tolerate a ketogenic diet, but even a modest reduction in carbohydrate consumption will improve health.
Maybe you’ve failed before. Don’t give up. Understand your addiction. Carbohydrate Addiction can be managed. It can be beaten. The first step toward a cure is making this statement. “My name is Linda. I am a Carbohydrate Addict.” When you can say this sentence and believe it, you’ve made your first big step toward recovery and a healthy weight.
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