Lose 20 Pounds with Dr. Oz’s Carb Craving Cures

2012-06-13 18:45

According to health experts, carb cravings are right up there with addiction to alcohol and drugs. Why is this true? It’s because carbs cause signals to travel directly from the stomach to the region of the brain that releases dopamine—a powerful neurotransmitter that is closely tied to the brain’s pleasure and reward centers. This in turn conditions the body to wanting more pleasure and thus—more carbohydrates. Solutions to this problem include healthy alternatives Dr. Oz offers that not only will curb your carb cravings, but can also result in a loss of approximately 20 pounds in a year’s time.

One misconception dieters have when it comes to carbs is that all carbs are bad when your goal is to lose weight. The truth of the matter is that it’s when you eat primarily bad carbs that weight management becomes a problem. Understanding what separates good carbs from bad carbs can help you enjoy eating bread and still lose weight.

Plant-based carbohydrates play an important role in your body. Examples of plant-based carbohydrates include vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes. They are the primary source of sugar that your body and brain needs to function properly. The sugars from plants come in a variety of forms that differ in how the sugar molecules are attached to each singularly and in groups of chains.

Simple carbs are made up of single and double-chained sugar molecules called monosaccharides and disaccharides respectively. Examples of these sugars are the –ose’s: glucose, fructose and sucrose. Complex carbs are nothing more than conglomerates of multiple chains of simple carbs (sugars). Starch is an example and is found in some breads, grain, pasta, beans, potatoes, corn and vegetables.

The difference between carbs that is meaningful to a dieter is whether the carb is digested slowly and whether it is nutritious. Although plain white bread and white rice are complex carbs, they are digested quickly, and nutritionally they are very poor because vitamins, minerals and fiber have been processed out of them by the food manufacturer. Starchy potatoes and fries are also poor sources because of cooking oils that add fat to the carbs.

The better carbs are those of pastas and breads made from complex beans and legumes that have had much less processing done to them before arriving at your local grocery.

Advice from Dr. Oz in choosing your source of carbs at the grocery store involves the following recommendations:

• Skip refined and processed foods altogether
• Read the label to see if there is added sugar (be wary of the "-oses")
• Choose whole grains (oats, whole wheat and brown rice), beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables
• Try to have 40% of your total caloric intake come from complex carbohydrates
• Avoid the lure of low-fat foods, which contain a sizable amount of calories from sugar
• Avoid the lure of low-carb foods, which sometimes have more calories from fat

As alternative carb sources to help curb carb cravings, Dr. Oz has also recently recommended the following three carb craving cures:

Carb Craving Cure #1: Vollkornbrot

Vollkornbrot is a German rye bread rich in whole grains. Dr. Oz tells viewers that the benefit of this carb source is that it does not cause the spike in blood glucose that is often seen with commercial brands of white bread found in the store; and, that it can cause you to lose weight. “If you eat this bread in your sandwiches…for the rest of this year you will lose an extra 5 pounds,” says Dr. Oz.

Carb Craving Cure #2: Baked Lentil Chips

Baked lentil chips by the Mediterranean Snack Food Company is Dr. Oz’s substitution recommendation for dieters who crave potato chips. The benefit of these chips is that they have both fiber and protein in them, which helps make you feel fuller and will curb your craving for eating more chips than you should. Dr. Oz states that by substituting these chips for regular potato chips you can achieve a loss of up to 4.5 pounds a year.

Carb Craving Cure #3: Gluten-free Brown Rice Flaxseed Pasta

Gluten-free Brown Rice Flaxseed Pasta by Hodgson Mill is a pasta substitute, “…that will change your life,” says Dr. Oz. “If you switch from your angel hair pasta twice a week, you can lose up to 14 pounds a year.” According to Dr. Oz, the other benefit of this pasta is that it tastes great and makes substitution easy and enjoyable.

For more info on weight loss, follow this link to an article about Dr. Oz’s recommendations on foods that blast belly fat.

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show

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