Who has done the low carb thing? Show of hands....mine is up too. Yes, this trainer has tried the low carb fad diet BS. We'll call it research (wink, wink). How'd it work? Great for awhile, right? Then maybe you didn't have as much energy? Headaches? Then....sweet Lord in heaven...you had some carbs. And the wheels came off the bus, you ate an entire loaf of french bread then lay on the floor in carb-y, glutton-y happiness. And promptly felt sick and gained all the weight back. Damn. Well, that didn't work.
What IS it about carbs? The simple answer - your brain likes them! Carbs are food for your brain and when you eat them, a little bit of Happy Hormones are released. Sugar (carb, carb, carb)? A LOT of Happy Hormone is released. Side note - sugar is the devil. Read THIS. Back to carbs...
Truly, jokes aside, our brains won't function without carbs. If you deprive yourself of carbs to a low enough level, you will start to hallucinate (we'll call my first hand knowledge of this research). Carbs are NOT bad, overall. It's only some carbs that are not good for you.
So many diets out there recommend low carb choices. And many of these diets are fine! As a culture, we eat entirely too many processed, useless carbs that do nothing but jack with our blood sugar. Side note - that yucky, mid-afternoon crash? Yep, your blood sugar spiked after lunch then crashed. So reducing the amount of carbs we eat is not necessarily a bad thing. You cut out cookies, crackers, cake, ice cream, pasta, etc? Yea for you - those are the yucky carbs. Think like this - if an innocent little carb (say a whole grain) was sent to a plant and processed within an inch of it's life - thats bad. Avoid that. All the good, healthy, nutritious stuff is in the whole grain.
Happy, healthy carbs are naturally occurring - veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains - choose grains that are truly whole, as in pure oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc, and tubers - sweet potatoes, potatoes.
Want to know something else kinda crazy? You need more carbs in a day than any other macro nutrient! Macros - carbs, fat, protein.
Going lowER carbs can be a good idea. Going completely low carb for the long term is not. Remember, everything in moderation. Start using that carb-fueled brain and think about your foods. What is processed? What can you cut out? What can you add to start getting more happy, healthy carbs?
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Comment and let me know what your carb challenges are! I'd love to help.