Does One Hour Of Carbs A Day Keep The Cravings And Obesity Away?

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ May 21, 2006

Have you ever had anyone ask you questions like these:

- Should you avoid carbs except for one hour a day?
- Can you lose weight by eating whatever you want for one meal?
- Am I addicted to carbohydrates and need to be weaned off of them?

I’ve heard these and several other variations of these questions from people wanting to try the low-carb lifestyle. It’s obvious these people have come across what is known as The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, or CAD for short.

The premise behind CAD, developed by Drs. Richard and Rachael Heller, is this: Eat only protein and fat for breakfast and lunch with no snacking in between meals (including being restricted to black coffee and diet soda only) and no artificial sweeteners. Then at the end of the day you can eat without abandon for one hour.

That’s it! But something’s wrong with this picture.

bq. I’m very skeptical about any lifestyle change that encourages you to eat the very foods that got you overweight or obese to begin with on a DAILY basis. I caught a lot of flack from my fellow low-carbers about my controversial “planned splurge” meal every 6-8 weeks during my weight loss. However, the Hellers give you a DAILY planned splurge!!! What’s up with that?

Read more about why I believe the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet is not the best low-carb plan for losing weight and keeping it off forever by clicking here.


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