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All About the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet

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Updated February 15, 2014

What is CAD?

According to doctors Richard and Rachael Heller, authors of The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (CAD), nearly 75 percent of overweight people suffer from an addiction carbohydrates and the cause of this addiction is excessive levels of insulin. The Hellers say the rise of insulin caused by certain foods actually induces the "addict" to eat even more carbs.

How CAD Works

While most diets focus on foods you should and shouldn’t eat based on fat or calorie content, this diet is about how your body reacts to certain foods. Instead of counting fat grams or calories, you watch what you eat according to the hormonal response of your body to "bad" carbohydrates.

What You Eat

The most appealing part of CAD is that one meal a day is a "reward" meal in which you can have equal amounts non-starch veggies (e.g. string beans); protein such as meat or eggs; and carbs (including dessert).

Your other two meals each day must comprise of only protein and veggies; no carbs of any kind are allowed at these two meals.


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