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Addictive Carbohydrate Craving
1. All Carbs Cause the Insulin/Glucose Roller Coaster
First, all carbohydrates cause the insulin/glucose roller coaster.
And I showed you this before in an earlier slide. What happens is this. Your blood sugar starts out somewhere around normal (around 90). Then you eat a high-carbohydrate meal and your blood sugar doubles (it goes up to around 180).
Then what happens about 2 to 3 hours later? Your blood sugar crashes! When this blood sugar crash happens, you are hungry and tired. You are craving more carbohydrates to fix the dip in your blood sugar.
What Causes the Blood Sugar Crash?
The high-carb meal before! You see, 2-3 hours after a high-carb meal, your blood sugar is low, and you are hungry. This is all the result of the meal before.
How can that be? It’s simple. It is just like an addiction. It is just like being a smoker.
You see, a smoker says they smoke because it “relaxes” them. And a smoker has to smoke every single hour, on the hour, to feel relaxed. But here is the real question: what caused the smoker to feel not relaxed in the first place? The cigarette before!
When a smoker has a smoke, he feels relaxed. He feels good. Then over the course of an hour the nicotine starts wearing off, he starts feeling stressed, and when he’s feeling stressed – he need another cigarette to relax him again. So the smoker is actually going through withdrawal. And that’s what this is…
You Are Going Through Blood Sugar Withdrawal!
So if you don’t want not to feel this way, if you want to avoid blood sugar withdrawal, if you want to avoid carbohydrate withdrawal, if you want to stop the blood sugar crashes and the cravings, and if you want to stop feeling hungry every two hours, day after day, every day of your life, you CUT THE KILLER CARBS. It’s time to stop eating the refined carbohydrates.
And that was one of my biggest realizations. When I started losing weight, I would have some days when 2 hours after breakfast, I was excruciatingly hungry. And I would think, “Man, why am I so hungry?” And the answer was, because I had oatmeal for breakfast that morning. If I a high-carbohydrates meal in the morning, two hours later I would be terribly hungry because I went here (my blood sugar crashed 2 hours after the high-carb meal). All carbohydrates cause the blood glucose/insulin roller coaster with the blood sugar crash 2 hours later.
2. What’s Addictive about Sugar?
Now sugar, specifically table sugar (although many other forms of refined sugars are included under the title of “sugar), stimulates a part of the brain called the “reward center.” This gives you a little bit of a “high” just like taking drugs. This “high” is like a pleasurable feeling. And because you get that pleasurable feeling when you eat sugar, it makes you want to eat more sugar – because it makes you feel good.
3. What’s Addictive about Wheat?
Wheat does both of the things mentioned above. Wheat causes the blood sugar crash, and it stimulates the reward center of the brain. But wheat specifically has substances in it called exorphins. These exorphins directly stimulate your brain, and give you a little high, when you eat wheat. So, when you eat wheat, the same blood sugar roller coaster happens, and not only that, but just like a smoker, you start going through wheat withdrawal 2-3 hours after you last hit of wheat.
So the exorphins that are stimulating your brain and giving you a little high, are also physically causing your brain to go through withdrawal (just like a smoker) a the same time your blood sugar is crashing. So not only are you hungry, but you are going through withdrawal. Just like a smoker who smoked an hour ago, and now he needs another smoke to feel relaxed again. He starts to feel tense and needs a smoke.
So even if you don’t consume heroin, and you don’t consume cocaine, if you consume wheat, you are consuming an addictive drug, the addictive exorphins.
That’s why a person who cuts wheat out of their diet completely, consumes an average of 350 to 400 fewer calories each day. That’s right, if the only thing you did is cut wheat out of your diet completely (anything made out of flour, any breads etc…) you will consume 350 to 400 calories less per day – just by cutting out the bread.
Why? Because when you eat wheat, you do it because you get a little high. And when you are not eating wheat, you eat less, because you are not doing it for the drug-like effects of the exorphins.
So wheat is a uniquely fattening food.
Just Say No to Wheat!