Are you addicted to carbs?
Do find it nearly impossible to stop after one slice of bread when you dine out in a restaurant? Are you the one who eats slice after slice of pizza, and still don’t feel satisfied? Do you eat donut after donut, feeling helpless to resist?
Then you may indeed be addicted to carbs.
If so, you are certainly not alone. I’m in that not-so-exclusive club too, along with millions of other people in the United States.
Here’s the good news:
Admitting you are addicted to carbs is an essential first step in the recovery process. Admitting you have a problem is also the first step in battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol as well.
3 Signs You May Be Addicted To Carbs:
- You must have carbs in the morning (bagel, toast, pancakes, etc.)
- You are unable to cut back
- You have withdrawal symptoms (headaches, irritability, anxiety)
According to Dr. Oz’s guest Dr. Mike Dow, a licensed psychotherapist, it’s usually best not to stop eating carbs cold turkey. Mr. Dow suggests the following 28-Day plan to kick carbs:
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good show. Mike Dow seemed very capable and had a great personality, and most of the tips in this segment were pretty solid.
However, I would be very careful when substituting bad carbs with whole wheat pasta, brown rice and steel-cut oats. Yes, low-fiber carbs will be absorbed more quickly than high-fiber carbs, but the difference is not as great as you may think. Carbs are carbs, whether they have 1 gram of fiber per serving or 3 grams.
I’ve eaten plenty of whole wheat bread, brown rice, and pancakes made with whole-wheat flour. It all tasted just as good and I ate just as much as if they were made with refined white flour.
A much better approach would be to substitute things like broccoli, cauliflower, and summer squash for the bad carbs.
Do you catch this segment on Dr. Oz? What did you think about it? Let me know…
Robert J. Stone