Are You Addicted to Carbs?
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Are You Addicted to Carbs?

I am sure you have noticed that every time you turn on your television whether you can't sleep at 1 a.m. or your not a soap fan so you channel surf during the day and almost every time you do you see a new piece of exercise equipment on a infomercial, or a new diet pill is on the market. Of course claiming you don't need to diet or exercise for it to work. It is a multi-billion dollar industry  and always increasing.

The thing that everyone should know is that you an lose weight for free, and all those fad diets and diet pills do not work in the long run. If you're ready to lose weight yes, they will work for awhile, but after a time you will eventually you will put all the weight back on, plus some.The pharmaceutical companies don't want people to know this because they don't want to stop making billions off the ever growing problem of obesity in America. Nor do the food companies that put ingredients in our foods to make us crave carbohydrates. They become like a drug where first you crave it you eat more and crave more.

Research has shown that 75% of overweight people suffer from biological imbalance of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use and conserve energy in 3 ways:

  1. Insulin tells your body when to eat.
  2. Insulin delivers food energy to where your body needs it, and
  3. Insulin commands food energy stored in fat cells for a time when no food is available.

Many people produce so much insulin that their bodies are unable absorb it all. They end up with excess insulin in their blood stream. This imbalance brings on a cycle of overpowering cravings for carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, snack foods and cakes. When they eat these foods their bodies release more insulin. This cycle results in weight gain and difficulty losing weight.

The good news is that this cycle can be ended and losing weight can once again be achievable. Are you a carbohydrate addict? If you answer yes to any of these questions they will help you find out.

  • After eating a full breakfast do you get hungrier for lunch then meal, if you skipped breakfast?
  • Do you get tired and sluggish after eating a large a meal?
  • Do you eat when you're stressed, bored, or tired,
  • Do you feel like your stomach is a bottomless pit at times and you still have desire to eat even though you just finished eating a when full meal?
  • Do you find it a lot harder to loose weight and keep it off than when you were younger?

If you answered "yes" to three or four of the SIV questions, you are probably mildly a carbohydrate addict. If you answered "yes"to five  for six of these questions, it's probably to say you have severe carb addiction managing you're carb intake. Here is a way to bring balance back. Two categories of foods are: Carbohydrates rich foods including; breads, grains, cereals, ice cream, milk, yogurt, fruit,juices, luncheon meats, pasta, noodles, rice, snack foods, sweets, starchy vegetables, beats, squash, carrots, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peas, and potatoes. Crave reducing foods include; red meat, poultry (chicken), fish, cheese, tofu, oils, fats, dressings, non starchy vegetables, brussels sprouts, green beans, peppers, lettuce, asparagus, broccoli and mushrooms.

Eat one balanced REWARD MEAL everyday for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Start with two cups of fresh salad. The rest of the meal should consist of 1/3 crave reducing foods like protein, red meat, poultry, fish, cheese, eggs, or tofu. 1/3 non starchy veggies. 1/3 carbohydrate rich food like starches, starchy veggies, snacks, fruit, juices or sweets.

You don't need to count calories just, use good sense when sizing portions. Complete your meal within 1 hour. If your meal lasts longer, your body will continue to release insulin from the carb-rich foods and you will be hungry all over again. Eat only crave reducing foods at all other meals and snacks.

Hope this helps. Thank you for reading and God Bless!!!

-Jodi B.

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Comments (2)

I admit I was a carb addict. But I have weaned myself onto whole grain complex carbs for the last few years. Since they're full of fiber, they fill me up faster! As for the taste, I've long gotten used to the nutty taste and grainy texture. . .and so far, I haven't been missing simple carbs yet!

Very informative and well executed article.