So by now you should realise that Carbohydrate Addiction is a very real and very dangerous condition. But the good news is; you can break the Carbohydrate addiction cycle and restore health and wellbeing and extend your life in the process.
It is not simple… it takes commitment and the right mind-set, but above all, it requires an eating plan that is very specifically designed to restore hormonal balance and target rapid fatloss. Watch out for quick fix, one program fits all diet books and diet fads. You will just mess up your body chemistry more and create chronic issues. You need a specific formula for your body to restore balance, and that can be achieved with your own targeted precise TLC-Program (available at https://tlcforwellbeing.com/product-category/tlc-online-programs/)
It takes around four weeks of the correct eating to ‘reprogram’ your body and kick the carbohydrate addiction.
As the days pass, early benefits will become clear; more energy, more concentration, better mood, and ultimately, the lack of cravings for carbohydrates…freedom of the addiction! You should try it!
Herewith some Tips and Guidelines to Kick the Carbohydrate Addiction:
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- Understand What Causes Carb Addiction: Read the Blogs that precede this one to understand how carb addiction works. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t know what causes it. Carb addiction has many causes both physical and psychological. Not only is it caused by hormone fluctuations, but it also messes with the pleasure centre of the brain and the neurotransmitters that are responsible for that feel-good feeling. And let’s not forget the emotional connection to food most of us have.
- Treat the Problem – Not the Symptom: Get to the root of the problem. Don’t try to fix only the symptoms. If you’re craving carbs, don’t just substitute sugar for artificial sweeteners. That does nothing for your problem. You still have a carb addiction, you’ve just found a different way to manage the symptoms. Fixing the root cause means fixing your hormone levels.. and for that you need your TLC-Program.
- Cut Out Carbs and especially Processed Foods: If you want to break your addiction, you need to phase out processed foods. That might seem obvious and easier said than done, but it’s necessary. Processed foods quickly raise blood sugar levels, and send insulin through the roof. They cause feel-good chemicals to be released, making you want more. While some people can stop smoking by slowly cutting back, a big majority need to stop cold turkey to get over their addiction. Carb addiction is no different. Remove the problem from your lifestyle. You can look at adding them back in later after you’ve learned better self-control. The TLC-Program gives you the Tools and Processes to do this correctly.
- Be Patient at the Beginning: As with breaking any bad habits, you will need to be patient at the beginning. It’s the hardest to do at the start. It’s one of the reasons why most diets fail in the first 48 hours. You will have cravings, maybe feel tired and jittery and irritable; you are breaking an addiction after all… but if you can be patient and strong, and make it through the first few days, things will only get easier. Make it a week, and it gets even easier. A month? Suddenly you’ve forgotten why you craved processed carbs in the first place. That is why it is important to follow a Program (TLC-Program) that gives you precise guidelines and tools to get to the stage where cravings stop.
- Break Old Eating Habits: Is it night-time and you want carbs? Have you made night-time carb eating into a lifestyle habit? How likely are you to want some kind of snack food when you plop down in front of the TV? Many times we get in the habit of doing things just because we’ve been doing it that way for a long time. Your brain creates new neural pathways in response to lifestyle habits. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Is it a habit? Your brain has connected these two tasks together. Given enough time and persistence, you can create new neural pathways that connect your life with healthy choices.
- Increase Your Insulin Sensitivity: Successful weight loss and improved health have a lot to do with your insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance means your body is resistant to the effects of insulin – requiring more and more of it to store the glucose in your blood. You can do a lot to improve your insulin sensitivity with the correct eating plan (TLC-Program), cutting out processed foods from your diet and adding in resistance exercise. The reduced insulin levels will help modulate neurotransmitters in the brain that control cravings.
- Don’t Eat for Happiness: Have you ever asked yourself why you want to eat processed carbs? Is it because you’re happy? Depressed? It’s no secret that processed foods are comfort foods. If you are ever going to break your carb addiction, you are going to need to find other ways to make yourself happy other than eating. Be happy – then eat. Don’t eat to be happy.
- Have a Cheat Meal: A well-planned cheat meal can have a positive effect on your carb addiction. It is however better to only do this once you are in stage 4 of your TLC-Program, and you have already stabilised your hormone levels. Once you have stabilised you can have the occasional ‘bad’ treat (high carb). Just remember, for some it can cause a negative spiral that keeps you from getting results. It’s important to be honest with yourself and ask if you are able to handle the occasional planned cheat meal. That means being able to jump right back on a no-processed, whole foods diet until it’s time for your next cheat meal. If you can do that, then cheat meals can be very psychologically satisfying. Knowing you can still eat the carbs you enjoy helps keep you on track during the week.
- Meet Your Nutritional Needs: If you don’t give your body its essential nutrients, it will send signals to continue eating. Many people will say that they are craving carbs, but in reality, you are craving nutrients. Then, when faced with your food choices, you choose the one that will leave you with a “food high”. If you don’t eat your essential fatty acids, your body will tell you to eat until you do. If you don’t get enough protein, your body will tell you to eat until you do. Get in all your required vitamins, minerals, essential fats and proteins, and you will experience a reduction in your carb cravings. This is where the correct supplementation is absolutely vital to your long term success. TLC has specifically formulated supplements, including the world-renowned TLC-Turbo Boost Daily Pack (https://tlcforwellbeing.com/product-category/tlc-vitamins-and-products/) to ensure that you receive the optimal nutrition both while you are on your Program to achieve hormonal balance, and to maintain after.
- Avoid Temptation & Keep the Cupboards Clear: Keep addictive treats out of your home, car and workspace.: If you’re going to stick with a diet that free of refined carbs, you’ve got to get rid of your stashes, and you can’t buy more food of the same food at the store. And don’t buy those sugary foods for family members either, particularly kids. If it isn’t good for you, do you think it’s any better for them?
- Avoid sugar substitutes, since using them does not retrain your taste buds to not crave sweets. Some sugar substitutes can actually encourage overeating and food cravings, most likely because the taste buds promise the body a sweet reward — which non-caloric sweeteners fail to deliver.
- Sleep! Being tired makes it harder to resist the lure of sweet snacks. Sleep deprivation increases activity in the parts of the brain that respond to rewards. Sleeping seven to nine hours a night helps keep your energy levels up, decreases your appetite and can help you break an addiction to carbs and sugar. For help on correcting your Sleep patterns, see the TLC-Smart Plan for Quality Sleep: TLC-Z Care+ https://tlcforwellbeing.com/product-category/smart-plans/
- Exercise releases serotonin, a “feel-good” chemical, in your brain, much as sugar and carbs do. A good regular exercise program can help keep your serotonin levels up. For help with a basic healthy exercise pan, see the TLC- Smart PEP Exercise Plan: https://tlcforwellbeing.com/product-category/smart-plans/
- Reduce Stress: Stress can trigger “reward-based” eating. Find ways to reduce stress, and identify and target those situations that lead you to carbohydrate binges.
- Drink Water: Drink a large glass of water whenever you feel a craving for carbohydrates or sugar. Refined carbohydrates create a cycle of peaks and valleys in your blood sugar. You experience the craving during the valley. If you eat more carbs in response, you will experience another peak and another subsequent valley, which means another food craving. If you fill your stomach with zero-calorie water, you can break the cycle in the short term. Water will also help you flush toxins out of your body, help you feel fuller longer and keep you hydrated. Since dehydration can mimic hunger, it’s a good thing to keep a bottle of water on you all the time.
- Read Labels: The best thing you can do is read labels on the foods you’re currently eating. If what you’re eating has more than 13 grams of “sugars” per serving, put it back.
- Create New Habits: Habits can be your downfall. You need to create new habits and stick to them. If your daily routine is to grab a sugary coffee and bagel in the morning, sandwich and soda in the afternoon and a bowl of pasta in the evening, all that has to change
- Eat Healthy Fats & Protein: Both protein and fat (the correct fat!) will help to reduce the blood sugar roller coaster you might be on. It’s also essential that our bodies get plenty of these two macronutrients. Here it is essential however to ensure the correct fats! Watch out for popular fad diets that encourage saturated and bad fats as this will harm your health. On the TLC-Program you are guided to consume the correct proteins and fats, in the correct quantities.
The simplest way to break the Carbohydrate Addiction Cycle and learn new healthy habits, is to start your TLC-Program as soon as possible. ( https://tlcforwellbeing.com/product-category/tlc-online-programs/ )