Obesity

Tips to Prevent Carbohydrate Addiction

Carbohydrate addiction is characterized by a craving for carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, cakes, cookies, sweets, chips, rice, and popcorn.  Although many theories explain carbohydrate addiction, further research is needed to know the factors behind it.  To prevent carbohydrate addiction eating small meals throughout the day and eating fruits and vegetables is recommended.

What Causes Carbohydrate Addiction?

Carbohydrates stimulate the insulin hormone, which coverts sugars into energy -resulting in low sugar levels. Experts opine that the low sugar levels (due to the action of insulin hormone) can make an individual crave more carbohydrates.

Other theory is that low levels of seritonin, a brain chemical, can lead to carbohydrate addiction. Seritonin is a chemical which decreases the pain, stress and anxiety. When the serotonin levels are low, people may be switching to carbohydrates to get a similar effect.

How To Prevent Carbohydrate Addiction?

Some recommend decreasing carbohydrates in the diet to overcome this addiction. However, this method can backfire as low-carbohydrate foods do contain low nutrients, vitamins, and fiber- which can result in constipation and can affect the health.

A healthy diet should contain fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You can choose fat-free products for your dairy intake. About 45 to 65% of your diet should contain carbohydrates for proper balance.

Tips to Prevent Carbohydrate Addiction:

Here are a few tips to prevent carbohydrate cravings:

  • Eat 6 small meals daily, instead of 3 big meals. This will control the cravings and keep you from overeating
  • Include vegetables and fruits in your daily diet. They provide you with vitamins, nutrients and fiber.
  • Never skip your breakfast or other meals
  • Combine carbohydrates along with fruits, vegetables for proper balance

Carbohydrate addiction can be a problem as it can result obesity and other health problems. This can be overcome by creating a right balance in eating carbohydrates and other foods.

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