WHAT DOES TOO MUCH INSULIN MEAN?

Assume you eat a carbohydrate-rich meal, perhaps a simple one of two slices of pizza and a bottle of cola. If you’re a normal person, four or five hours will pass before you become hungry again. If you’re a carbohydrate addict, however, you might feel hungry only two hours later—with a craving for more sweets or starchy foods (because of the excess insulin released into the bloodstream). Some carbohydrate addicts report that they feel hungry immediately after eating carbohydrates. They never feel satisfied.
Carbohydrate addicts recognize the desire to eat isn’t logical, because they know they’re not really hungry in the sense of requiring nourishment. But the drive to eat is hard to deny. You may find yourself eating out of habit, almost unconsciously satisfying a compulsion. You may snack, realizing to your surprise that you are eating out of boredom or to relieve stress. Simple fatigue may provoke hunger, too. Sometimes the desire to eat can be overwhelming, virtually compelling you to satisfy it. Sometimes you may be unable to identify any apparent cause.
Many carbohydrate addicts report that their cravings grow stronger each time they eat carbohydrates. In short order, they find themselves in a continuous cycle of eating, craving, and eating again.
For carbohydrate addicts, consuming carbohydrate-rich foods produces a compulsion to eat. At first the consumption of high-carbohydrate snacks or meals produces a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction. Shortly, however, pleasure is followed by an anxious sensation, perhaps a feeling of weakness. Hunger, tiredness, and a desire to snack often follow.
Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end there. In the presence of the excess insulin, the body also becomes very good at conserving energy. So while the carbohydrate addict gets hungrier with each carbohydrate-rich meal, the body gets better at storing energy—in the form of fat.
When we talk to our professional colleagues, we use terminology such as “mesolimbic dopamine system” and “decreased cellular insulin receptors.” Yet the bottom line can be stated quite simply: In carbohydrate addiction, the carbohydrate-insulin/carbohydrate-serotonin connection has gone awry.
While other research scientists have reported this phenomenon, we were the first to recognize how the mechanism could be “corrected,” and the experience of hunger cravings and fat storage could be minimized. We acted on these discoveries and created the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet.
In the past, diet experts have failed to treat the problem—whether they knew it by these names or others—by reducing the total daily intake of carbohydrates and distributing carbohydrates equally to all meals. We know that these strategies don’t work for carbohydrate addicts.
Between 95 and 98 percent of the people on standard weight-loss diets regain all lost weight within one year. Until now, no one has found any alternative to these nearly sure-to-fail treatments. Through our research we discovered that it isn’t only the amount of carbohydrates eaten that matters—it is also how frequently they are eaten. Frequency governs, in large measure, the hunger response for millions of people. Personally and professionally, we discovered that any weight-loss diet that prescribes three or more small meals each day containing anything more than minor amounts of carbohydrates will ultimately fail with the carbohydrate addict. Such a diet will trigger the insulin response and signal the carbohydrate addict to eat once again.
In general, we direct our dieters to eat two low-carbohydrate meals each day and to confine their carbohydrate-rich foods to one, daily sixty-minute sitting that makes up the third meal. In this way, the fundamental mechanism causing excessive hunger, recurring cravings, and weight gain is corrected. Insulin release is dramatically reduced. The carbohydrate addict feels satisfied—and stays satisfied for many hours. Weight drops off naturally, fat deposits decrease, and the addictive cycle is broken.
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WHAT DOES TOO MUCH INSULIN MEAN?Assume you eat a carbohydrate-rich meal, perhaps a simple one of two slices of pizza and a bottle of cola. If you’re a normal person, four or five hours will pass before you become hungry again. If you’re a carbohydrate addict, however, you might feel hungry only two hours later—with a craving for more sweets or starchy foods (because of the excess insulin released into the bloodstream). Some carbohydrate addicts report that they feel hungry immediately after eating carbohydrates. They never feel satisfied.Carbohydrate addicts recognize the desire to eat isn’t logical, because they know they’re not really hungry in the sense of requiring nourishment. But the drive to eat is hard to deny. You may find yourself eating out of habit, almost unconsciously satisfying a compulsion. You may snack, realizing to your surprise that you are eating out of boredom or to relieve stress. Simple fatigue may provoke hunger, too. Sometimes the desire to eat can be overwhelming, virtually compelling you to satisfy it. Sometimes you may be unable to identify any apparent cause.Many carbohydrate addicts report that their cravings grow stronger each time they eat carbohydrates. In short order, they find themselves in a continuous cycle of eating, craving, and eating again.For carbohydrate addicts, consuming carbohydrate-rich foods produces a compulsion to eat. At first the consumption of high-carbohydrate snacks or meals produces a feeling of pleasure or satisfaction. Shortly, however, pleasure is followed by an anxious sensation, perhaps a feeling of weakness. Hunger, tiredness, and a desire to snack often follow.Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end there. In the presence of the excess insulin, the body also becomes very good at conserving energy. So while the carbohydrate addict gets hungrier with each carbohydrate-rich meal, the body gets better at storing energy—in the form of fat.When we talk to our professional colleagues, we use terminology such as “mesolimbic dopamine system” and “decreased cellular insulin receptors.” Yet the bottom line can be stated quite simply: In carbohydrate addiction, the carbohydrate-insulin/carbohydrate-serotonin connection has gone awry.While other research scientists have reported this phenomenon, we were the first to recognize how the mechanism could be “corrected,” and the experience of hunger cravings and fat storage could be minimized. We acted on these discoveries and created the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet.In the past, diet experts have failed to treat the problem—whether they knew it by these names or others—by reducing the total daily intake of carbohydrates and distributing carbohydrates equally to all meals. We know that these strategies don’t work for carbohydrate addicts.Between 95 and 98 percent of the people on standard weight-loss diets regain all lost weight within one year. Until now, no one has found any alternative to these nearly sure-to-fail treatments. Through our research we discovered that it isn’t only the amount of carbohydrates eaten that matters—it is also how frequently they are eaten. Frequency governs, in large measure, the hunger response for millions of people. Personally and professionally, we discovered that any weight-loss diet that prescribes three or more small meals each day containing anything more than minor amounts of carbohydrates will ultimately fail with the carbohydrate addict. Such a diet will trigger the insulin response and signal the carbohydrate addict to eat once again.In general, we direct our dieters to eat two low-carbohydrate meals each day and to confine their carbohydrate-rich foods to one, daily sixty-minute sitting that makes up the third meal. In this way, the fundamental mechanism causing excessive hunger, recurring cravings, and weight gain is corrected. Insulin release is dramatically reduced. The carbohydrate addict feels satisfied—and stays satisfied for many hours. Weight drops off naturally, fat deposits decrease, and the addictive cycle is broken.*5\236\2*

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