carbohydrate addict's diet

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A diet that appeals to the chocaholic has been described in the book The carbohydrate addict's diet, written by Drs Rachael and Richard Heller (1994, Mandarin, London).

Users of this diet are allowed three meals a day, two of which must contain no carbohydrates (no pasta, potatoes, fruit, sweets etc.). The Hellers recommend that the third meal should be balanced to include all the food groups, but it allows the dieters to have whatever they want, as long as it is consumed in less than one hour. This third meal is regarded by dieters as being a reward, and some use it as an excuse to satisfy their cravings for rich, chocolate-laden foods.

The theory behind the diet is that, by restricting most of the carbohydrate intake to one meal, hunger pangs are less likely to occur. High blood glucose levels stimulate insulin secretion which, in turn, causes the glucose to be converted into the storage carbohydrate, glycogen. Insulin production is believed to be linked to the development of hunger pangs. The Hellers claim that thousands of people have been helped to lose weight on this diet, through the Carbohydrate Centre they set up.

Helen Kon, a self-confessed chocaholic, reported in the Independent newspaper (16 August 1994) that she neither lost nor gained weight on the diet. However, although she was unsure of its nutritional benefits, she reported that she was going to keep to the carbohydrate addict's diet because she was having so much fun during what she called her ‘happy hour’! See also chocoholic.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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