Chips, bread, pasta, potatoes, hell even Soda - you've tried to eliminate them from your diet to get results, but somehow you keep on going back to them and ruining your diet. Those damn carb cravings, how does this continue to happen? Let me explain. .
Before I break this down, I know many of you are asking "Well what about a keto diet?" Keto works for sure but in order to effectively use its short life span, this requires special attention to caloric intake and macro partitioning. Many of my clients are in Keto diets but, it’s often used as a short term tool, then they are moved into a higher carb & more well balanced diet.
Carbs are a source of fuel and energy for bodily functions (including fat loss and muscle building). When you strip one of those macros away (carbs) your body, being the intelligent machine that it is, will begin to adjust for the lack of external fuel & the liver tries to make up for it by producing sugar aka Glucose. When blood sugar levels rise, the pancreas secretes insulin, your fat-storing hormone, so you store fat instead of shedding it. This is the long term effect of super low carb as well. That's the opposite of what we want, right?
These stresses, as we learned in a previous post, lead to Cortisol (a stress hormone) being released. Cortisol triggers the production of a neurotransmitter called neuropeptide Y. This neurotransmitter is connected with causing increased cravings for carbohydrates. These hormonal and neurochemical imbalances can lead to a host of other issues outside of carb cravings:
1. Increased Headaches
2. Irregularity in body temperature maintenance
3. Hangry bouts
4. Even insulin sensitivity issues
In closing ladies, don't fear carbs altogether. Focus on eating slow burning carbs and less high sugar based carbs. Elimination will cause devastation. You can have them in your diet; you just gotta keep them hoes in check & you gon' be alright🤣😭😭😭! #education