Ever wonder why white carbs are so addictive? It has to do with chemicals that travel from the stomach to the part of the brain where you produce dopamine, a hormone and neurotransmitter that affects the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. Once these areas of the brain are stimulated, you’ll keep on wanting more of the addictive substance, whether it’s alcohol, drugs or carbs.
Too many refined carbs – baked goods, French fries or processed snack foods like chips and pretzels – are simply toxic for your body. They’re often responsible for visceral or omentum fat, the dangerous fat you can carry around your middle that actually inhibits your body’s ability to make insulin, which makes you more prone to diabetes. White carbs also increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and even cancer.
This simple 28-day plan can help you break free of carb addiction. You’ll be amazed at how you’ll look and feel afterward – you’ll have more energy and shave off unwanted pounds, especially around your midsection.
Week 1: Detox With Fats
Start kicking the habit by booting all the carbs off your kitchen shelves. To withstand the symptoms of withdrawal, fill up on healthy fats and don’t worry about your calorie intake. The point of this first week is to get off simple carbs. Fats are satiating, which will help diminish hunger pangs and keep you from overeating.
In addition, for this week, none of your food servings should have more than 4 grams of sugar.
Choose healthy fats like:
- Olive oil
- Fatty fish such as salmon
- Flax seeds