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Book: The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet
The Basic Diet Premise
You eat two high-fiber, low-fat, low-carbohydrate meals each day, which are called complementary meals. You are allowed to have one reward meal that has to be consumed during a sixty-minute sitting. The reward meal allows all foods in unlimited quantities. You cannot eat between meals. In contrast, most "healthy diets" recommend calories be distributed as 55-60% carbohydrate, 12-20% protein and 20-30% fat and encourage snacking when hungry.

How A Person Can Lose Weight On This Diet
Calories eaten must be below calories needed to maintain weight (i.e., low calorie).
The protein at the complementary meals can provide more satiety. High carbohydrate food portions and sweets are restricted, so blood sugar surges after a high carbohydrate meal or sweet do not occur. This also helps control appetite. Snacks are not allowed

Meal Plans
Complementary meals: 3-4 ounces most meats, poultry, or fish; 2 cups of any approved vegetable; two eggs or 2 ounces of cheese or cup cottage cheese; 1-2 tablespoons of fat; up to two ounces of milk daily. Reward meal: anything you want within 60 minute time period.

Special Concerns
  • People living with diabetes, if taking insulin, are at risk of becoming hypoglycemic if they do not eat appropriate carbohydrates.
  • The unbalanced carbohydrate distribution throughout the day is not a healthy way for people with diabetes to eat.
  • People who exercise regularly are at risk for poor energy levels and muscle fatigue due to an inadequate carbohydrate intake.
  • People are at risk for low calcium intake due to the limited dairy products. This adds to the risk of osteoporosis, and is of special concern for women, teens and the elderly.

Can drink alcohol but only with reward meal during the sixty-minute period. Does not provide recommendation for limiting number of drinks per day.

  • People are overweight because they are carbohydrate addicts.
  • By eating only one carbohydrate-rich meal per day the addict will have fewer cravings and less hunger and more weight loss.
  • A carbohydrate addict's body releases more insulin than normal after eating a meal with carbohydrates which often leaves the person unsatisfied in a repeated cycle of eating.
  • Book claims, "Do not consume fruit as a dessert at a Complementary Meal. This is a common mistake- don't make it yours".


  • Recommends individuals should check with their physician before starting diet especially people with diabetes, heart disease, hypoglycemia, and kidney or liver disease.
  • Encourages dieters to have physicians monitor their weight loss.
  • Encourages individuals to drink plenty of water each day.


  • Recommends weighing yourself daily and states "a once-a-week weighing is not enough".
  • Discusses that a common myth is that people gain weight because they eat too much.
  • Scares people that they might have a carbohydrate addiction if they feel fatigue, think about food and weight, or have an "unexplained feeling of anxiety or anger".
  • Eliminates certain vegetables (e.g. broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, legumes, and too much onion) at the complementary meals since they bring out an "addictive response in the carbohydrate addict".
  • Provides rigid timelines and rules for eating meals.
  • Unlimited quantities of black coffee, tea, and diet sodas.
  • Fruit is not allowed at the complementary meals, only at the reward meal.
  • Unbalanced, very limited food choices for complementary meals.
  • Reports of constipation, which is likely caused by the low-fiber intake and poor fluid intake.
  • Reports of crankiness, which is likely due to the restricted carbohydrate intake, which causes low serotonin levels.


  • All meals should be a mix of carbohydrates, fat, and protein.
  • Although diet touts itself as high-fiber it is really a low-fiber diet since it eliminates most high-fiber foods from two of the three meals.
  • The authors have oversimplified the role of insulin in the body. Insulin only promotes excess, cumulative fat storage, when too many calories are also being consumed.
  • Body weight varies day to day based on hydration status and daily weigh-ins may cause frustration and self-defeating thoughts.
  • Research has shown that people cannot be chemically addicted to food.
    Fruit is an excellent dessert anytime of the day!

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