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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between CAD and CALP?

A: There is not a whole lot of difference. CALP is a more recent and updated version of the diet. Here is what some of our members have to say:

From the Hellers, as stated on the official web site:

Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program:

Pointers from the Drs. Heller:
Pros: This book contains up-to-date research that readers will find vital to permanent success including the pinpointing and eliminating craving and weight gain triggers for the carbohydrate addict such as "healthy foods," over-the-counter medications, additives and artificial sweeteners, stress, the simple act of growing older, and many others. Essential Reward Meal balance information and vegetarian and low-fat guidance and recipes are included. Important new information for those following the CA Diet and a smart choice for the newcomer as well.

Cons: "Some of our of readers in their twenties and thirties do not realize that this book (like carbohydrate addiction) has no age limits. The Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program may have been written with the over-40 reader in mind but it still provides new and vital info for readers of all ages. If you are under forty, the book is still appropriate and very helpful and it will continue to guide you for many years to come."

Carbohydrate Addicts Diet:

Pointers from the Drs. Heller:
Pros: "This first book holds essential information on determining if you are carbo addicted, what may be triggering your carbo cravings and weight struggles, and a jump-start program for eliminating cravings and weight problems. The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet is available in an inexpensive mass-market edition."

Cons: "The original research upon which this book was based is over eight years old and, therefore, new and vital data regarding the impact of a wide variety of triggers will not be found in this book. Although it is less expensive than some of our other books, by virtue of its age, this book may not contain some information essential to the success of the reader including vital Reward Meal balancing information."

There are two versions, CAD and CALP
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There are two versions, CAD and CALP. CAP is the newer version and most of us here follow that one but we do have some from both programs. So your questions will always get answered. Below is a brief blurb that Chris put together explaining in a netshell what it's all about.

"There are two versions of the Hellers' program, CAD and CALP. I'm a "CALPER", which is the newer version of the program. On CALP, you have 2 craving-reducing meals (CMs) and one reward meal (RM). The CMs consist of proteins/veggies with little or no carbs. For the RM meal you divide proteins/veggies/carbs into thirds and start off with a large salad. The meal is to be eaten within a one hour time frame. Non carb snacks are allowed throughout the day. Drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water is important.

I'm not as familiar with CAD but I think it differs in that the RM need not be balanced into thirds * and there is no snacking during the day. Other CADSTERS here can fill you in better on that program.

That's it in a nutshell, but reading either book (Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program/Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, both by Drs. Heller) is important to get the full idea of how these programs work. We have many success stories here. I like to think we are all success stories because everyone here continues to move forward, even with a stumble here and there. I think you'll like either program and also the support you will get from this fine group of ladies. The board is an important key to success as it provides an opportunity to share in reaching a common goal and we all well understand the frustrations of weight loss and can also appreciate the successes of others as we travel together."

*Note: There are two versions of the CAD book - one that suggests balancing your RM and one that does not. Even the Hellers mention on their Web site that you should balance your RM. The version that says not to is an older version and has been updated.


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