* Any of these signs can also be equated to Carbohydrate Addiction. For someone who is addicted to carbs, they literally cannot control their body’s physical NEED for glycogen. In addition to starting a never-ending cycle of an insulin and blood-sugar roller-coaster, eating sugary or starchy snacks makes them feel good, it lights up all the same pleasure receptors in the brain as cocaine does! They literally canNOT stop themselves from binging on sugary or starchy foods.
It’s not a mental defect! It’s not an emotional weakness. It’s a physical addiction, just like alcoholism.
Perhaps we need to stop blaming our ‘weak emotional state’ for overeating and start considering that some binge eating is caused by a physical reaction some people have to the consumption of carbohydrates. I know that not everyone experiences this, and if you haven’t then you may not be able to understand this. But it is real and I think it is more common than the food industry wants us to believe. Why? Well, think about all that money they’ve spent developing fat-free/high carbohydrate foods for us to eat. If we stopped binging on those, what would happen? Where would that leave all the food manufacturers?
If you experience uncontrollable cravings for sweet/starchy food, then stop blaming your ‘weak emotions’ or ‘poor willpower’. It is a physical need that is driving you. The cure? Just like with any other addiction, going off the drug of choice cold-turkey is the only way. It isn’t easy. But after a week or ten days, your body will adapt and the cravings will go away. Yes. They will go away. You will be free from the grip of the never-ending roller-coaster of insulin and glycogen that you’ve been in.
Stop blaming yourself. Stop feeling like you are weak or a failure and start treating the underlying cause of the problem, which may not your emotions, but the way you’re fueling your body.
If you think you may be addicted to carbohydrates, here are some books and articles that may help you delve further into the cause and cure for it.