When Bending Becomes a Binge

Sometimes, of course, you might do more than just bend the amount of carbs you are supposed to be consuming each day-by eating a food that should be avoided altogether. The food in question may turn out to be the trigger mechanism for a craving. Then, look out! A full-blown binge usually begins right then and there.

Binges come in all shapes and sizes and can prove so disastrous that they turn a seemingly surefire weight loss success story into an instant failure. The weight regain is usually so profound it can be measured in pounds per day. Obviously, the longer you stay on your bender, the worse the results.

To stop a binge, your first responsibility is to know you're in trouble and immediately apply an effective technique. The best way I have found to do this is to take certain nutrients: chromium picolinate or chromium polynicotinate (400 mcg, three times daily for two days); L-glutamine (500 to 1,000 mg, three times daily); plus a single dose of vitamin B complex (50 mg). At the same time, overwhelm the cravings by instituting a high-fat, high-protein, Induction-level regimen: fatty fish, poultry, meat, cream cheese, shake mix or diet soda with heavy cream. Two days after you induce lipolysis and the secondary process of ketosis, the cravings should be gone, you should once again be in control and the weight gained so rapidly during the binge should already be falling to its previous level. And congratulations, you just dodged a bullet! But I stress again, you must do this quickly, a day or two after you went astray-and not after weeks of bingeing.

Once you are back in control again, you must figure out what food or food combination was the binge trigger. You certainly won't want to play with that "poison" again.

But there is a hardcore problem that arises when you discover there's something about my nutritional approach you don't like. Or, more specifically, that there's something you like too much, and you're not getting it. Naturally, you're thinking, Why did I promise that I would never have that food again? I'm no longer willing to keep that promise. Must always be always and never be never?

This important question has several answers. First, I ask you to consider the plight of a recovering alcoholic. Most of us realize that when an addiction such as alcoholism is the problem, it is far better that never really be never. So if your proposed carbohydrate deviation involves something you're addicted to, sadly I must give you that never-never advice. But if you are sure that your desire for a favorite food is for the sake of pleasure and not out of addiction, I guess I must allow you to try it and find out. It's better you have a small portion of that beloved food and feel satisfied than deprive yourself and later-in a moment of weakness-experience a full-scale blow out. Just keep your portion small, count the carbs in your daily tally and watch like a hawk to see if eating this food causes cravings or the return of other symptoms that vanished while doing Atkins. (Important: This kind of experimentation is not allowed during Induction.)

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