Before you (or someone you love) begins a program that claims it can help eliminate weight struggles or improve mental, emotional, and physical health, that program should be able to explain the cause of the problems you want to eliminated as well as the ways in which it will correct the cause of these problems.

You will find that all of the Carbohydrate Addict's Programs® in the Hellers' books have been designed to fulfill a single purpose: to correct the body's excess release of insulin, hyperinsulinemia. This excess release of insulin (and the insulin resistance it can trigger) occurs after someone who is "carbohydrate sensitive" eats carbohydrate-rich foods such as starches, snack food, junk food, or sweets. This excess release of insulin triggers the intense and recurring carbohydrate cravings that gives this addiction its name as well as the many problems that can follow

By correcting the underlying physical cause of the addiction itself, the cravings, weight struggles, health, emotional, behavioral, psychological, and even spiritual problems associated with this hormonal imbalance, can literally fall away.

There is little need for will power on a program that corrects the source of the problem. When it comes to carbohydrate addiction, will power is usually not the problem. Rather, on the Hellers' programs, when the physical cause of the cravings, weight struggle, or blood-sugar swings that are the hallmark of an addiction to carbohydrates are eliminated, the very problems associated with it are also eliminated - naturally and without struggle.

Just as the simple administration of an antibiotic is all that is needed to combat an infection, so a simple program that returns balance to the body's insulin levels is virtually all that is needed to reverse an addiction to carbohydrates, including cravings, weight struggles and/or problems with learning, motivation, energy and mood swings. (Keepin mind that unlike the administration of an antibiotic which eliminates the problem, a program that corrects the cause and problems associated with an addiction to carbohydrates continues to work only so long as it is followed.)


To understand what causes an addiction to carbohydrates and how it can be eliminated without struggle, compare the ways in which the hormone insulin works in the normal, non-addicted person versus the carbohydrate addict.

When the non-addicted person consumes carbohydrate-rich foods, such as starches, snack food, junk food, or sweets (or carbohydrate act-alikes such as artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate, or some medications) the body releases insulin. Insulin, which has been called the "hunger hormone," stimulates the person to continue eating. The food tastes good and is satisfying and the person feels an increased desire to eat. Simple sugars in the meal or snack are quickly changed into blood sugar. Insulin then ushers some of this newly made blood sugar to muscles and organs (including the brain and the rest of the nervous system), where the blood sugar provides much-needed energy.

Insulin then acts like a "doorman," opening the "doors" (or sites ) to cells all over the body so that energy, in the form of blood sugar, can enter and fuel their activities. With that job completed, in the non-addicted person, insulin signals the liver to put some of the remaining blood sugar into short-term storage for quick energy. Any extra blood sugar that still remains is turned into fat and put into long-term storage in the fat cells.

Over time, as blood sugar levels slowly decrease, or when the demands of activity or other stresses signal the need for more energy, the energy stored in the liver and then in the fat cells, is released and continues to fuel the body for many hours to come.

When a non-addicted person eats a carbohydrate-rich meal or snack, the brain chemical serotonin is released and with it a "stop-eating" signal is given. Upon finishing the meal, the non-addicted person feels satisfied and complete and will remain so for several hours.


In the carbohydrate-addicted person, however, things can go wrong. When carbohydrate-addicted adults and youngsters eat carbohydrate-rich foods (or carbohydrate act-alikes), their sensitive bodies can over-react and release far too much insulin. Excess insulin levels can throw off the vital blood sugar balance; cells may be inundated with an unneeded excess of blood sugar or left starving for their critical share of food energy or, first one then the other.

The excess insulin that is released can sweep too much blood sugar out of the blood stream, too quickly. Where the excess blood sugar is channeled will help determine what happens next.

If the muscles and organs allow insulin and blood sugar to enter, they enter quickly, and blood sugar levels may plummet. Sensing low blood sugar levels, the body may release a second hormone, adrenaline. Adrenaline might be referred to as the "excitement" hormone because it can bring about what is called the "fight or flight" response. In adults, this response can bring on a rapid heart beat, a feeling of anxiety or uneasiness. Some people have reported a feeling similar to a mild panic attack. In youngsters, this adrenaline rush can lead to a hyperactive state within two hours (often less) after eating carbohydrate-rich foods.

Other carbohydrate addicts, however, respond in a different way to the high levels of insulin their bodies release. In these adults and youngsters, organ and muscle cells close down (down regulate ), probably as a way of protecting themselves against what we call an "insulin insult" (damage from excess levels of the hormone). In an attempt to protect themselves, the "doors" to these cells, through which insulin and sugar would normally enter, now literally disappear for the time being. The body has become "insulin resistant."

Blood sugar, unable to enter these cells and no longer able to be burned as fuel, must now be channeled elsewhere, for storage. Our bodies provide the most expandable of storage facilities for this purpose, the fat cells. It's a simple law of nature: energy that is not burned, is stored and many carbohydrate addicts have bodies that are intent on saving, rather than spending, the food energy they take in.

In time, as insulin resistance continues, even the fat cells can close down. Now blood sugar remains trapped in the blood and the carbohydrate addict is found to have developed adult-onset diabetes.


Most carbohydrate addicts have another thing in common: most do not achieve a feeling of lasting satisfaction after completing a meal. Although there is still some speculation as to the exact physical mechanism responsible, it appears that the excessively high insulin levels that carbo addicts release interferes with an appropriate rise in the neurotransmitter, serotonin - the brain chemical that makes us feel satisfied after eating. Not enough serotonin means no lasting "stop eating" message from the brain. At the same time, some of the excess insulin that remains in the bloodstream continues to signal the carbo addict to keep on eating.

The carbohydrate addict keeps on seeking the very foods that make the non-addicted person feel satisfied but, for the carbohydrate addict, these foods - when eaten frequently or without balance - simply put them on the insulin-carbo merry-go round once again.

Within an hour or two after eating, many carbo addicts show some of the telltale signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) including confusion, disorientation, demotivation, mood swings, headache, extreme tiredness, and/or irritability. Many also report an intense feeling of uneasiness that is difficult to describe.**

Most carbohydrate addicts find that a snack of carbo-rich foods makes them feel much better and can ward off the sense of uneasiness. Without realizing it, they are self-medicating, giving themselves the foods that will help bring their blood sugar levels back to normal - but only temporarily. Within a short time, the entire cycle will repeat itself; leaving them craving - and needing - carbohydrates once again.

**There may be many causes for these problems. As always, with your physician's guidance, rule out other causes.


Now, with an understanding that it is the excess levels of insulin that cause carbo addicts to experience cravings, blood sugar and energy swings, weight, emotional, psychological, behavioral, mood and attitude struggles , you will be able to understand the power that the importance of the Hellers' Carbohydrate Addict's Programs®.

Each of the programs in their books is designed to correct the carbo addict's excess release of insulin. By relying on two principles: timing and combining, the carbohydrate addict can enjoy the satisfaction, ideal energy and health, feeling of well-being and self-control, and freedom from weight struggles that is his/her birthright.

Decreasing the number of times and length of time each day that carbo-rich foods are eaten (timing) decreases the body's release of insulin. Instead of eating your favorites foods all day long, you will be guided in the choosing of your favorite foods and saving them for special meals each day.

You will never be asked to "give up" foods and no foods are ever forbidden. You simply won't eat them all day long. Nor will you want to for, within a short time, as insulin levels become balanced, the intense and recurring desire for these foods will fall away. You will be able to enjoy the foods that you love the most without guilt and without suffering the consequences.

In addition to changes in timing, the combining of your carbohydrate-rich foods with protein-rich and high-fiber foods will help keep blood sugar levels stable and balance insulin levels as well. No counting, measuring, or weighing of foods, no exchanges or card dealing is ever required. Naturally slim people don't live or eat by the numbers. Carbo addicts don't have to either - once they correct the cause of their problems.

Each of the following books for carbohydrate addicts offers a program with a special focus:

The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program* focuses on health and weight-loss in a jump-start program.

Carbohydrate-Addicted Kids offers help for parents of children and teens by offering both a step-by-step plan and a jump-start plan as well,

Carbohydrate-Addict's Gram Counter offers nutritional information of special interest to many carbohydrate addicts.

The Carbohdyrate Addict's Cookbook brings you 250 all-new dishes to cut your cravings and help bring your body back into balance.

"When you correct the cause of the problem,
the problem disappears and stays away - without struggle."


*Please note: The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program
contains more current and detailed information than our first book,
The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet (CAD).


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