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ARE YOU A CARBOHYDRATE ADDICT?

Are you addicted? Answer the questions below and find out:

Warm breads, luscious deserts, mashed potatoes,  al-dente pasta, melt-in your-mouth gourmet candies…You know – the decadent treats we all crave, are more than just comfort foods eaten on special occasions, they have become common pantry items.

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“Various grains” by Peggy Greb, USDA ARS

Did you know researchers show these substances are as addictive as cocaine? Even though they are not illegal, they are just a detrimental to our health 1 .

 

Carbohydrate Addiction Quiz

  1. After a full breakfast, do you get hungry before it’s time for lunch?
  2. Do you have a difficult time stopping, once you start to eat starches, snack foods, junk foods, or sweets?
  3. Does the sight, smell, or even the thought of food cause you to eat?
  4. Do you sometimes feel unsatisfied, even after you have just finished a meal?
  5. Do you sometimes eat even when you are not hungry?
  6. Are you sometimes unable to keep from snacking at night?
  7. After a large meal, do you feel very sluggish, almost drugged?
  8. After lunch, do you sometimes get afternoon fatigue and/or hunger?
  9. Have you at times continued eating even though you were uncomfortably full?
  10. Have you been on diet after diet, losing weight only to regain it again?

Add up your score and count your yeses. If you answered yes to:

  • 0-2 – You are doing OK, and probably not carbohydrate addicted.
  • 3-4 – You have a mild carbohydrate addiction and may not always be in control of your eating.
  • 5-7 – You have a moderate carbohydrate addiction and may find that stress, premenstrual changes, tiredness, boredom, unexpressed anger or pressure may increase your carbohydrate cravings.
  • 8-10 – You have severe carbohydrate addiction. You may be struggling to control your eating without realizing that your body has been fighting you, literally driving you to eat and storing the excess food energy as fat.

How did you do? Are you a carb addict? If so, you are not alone. Two-thirds of all Americans are too. The good news is that carb addiction can be broken. On my Lose It page I have outlined why carbohydrate addiction is dangerous to your health. If you know you are a carbohydrate addict and ready to take the next step to break your addict, lose weight and improve your health, my online Eat-n-Lose class is for you!

Reference:

Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2013 Jul;16(4):434-9. doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328361c8b8.




2 Comments

  1. Once an addict, always an addict. I have detoxed myself and am now on a ketogenic diet. I am freee! Free from hunger, free from cravings, free from watching the clock for the next meal, free from the weight which was coming on to my body, free from blood glucose that was rising, free from thyroid issues that began after I had accumulated enough weight. And now I feel wonderful. I am improving by leaps and bounds, my bloodwork continues to improve, my thyroid is shrinking, and all those are good things. The best thing, I’m getting thinner and my energy is increased. Bye bye carbs, hello keto! I’m an addict so this will be a lifelong challenge, not to cave to pressure from loved ones, family members, and society to eat certain types of food in certain situations, however, I am up to it because my life is so rich and bountiful and I feel fabulous now that I have kicked the habit. BTW, please do not keep pressuring me to eat my addiction. When you say to me, “Oh, one won’t kill you.” please realize that you are talking to a carb addict. Would you say such a thing to an alcoholic? “OH, one drink won’t hurt you, go on, drink it.” or a heroin addict? “Oh, one hit won’t hurt you.” Yes, indeed it will. I realize misery loves company, but could you please respect that I have worked hard to overcome my addiction and please respect my choice not to indulge. Thank you.

  2. Hey Lisa, thanks for taking the quiz and sharing how your life style change has improved your health. I hope others read your post and take positive steps to move forward.

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