Carbs have gotten a bad rap in the last several years, and while low carb diets may help you lose weight quickly in the short term, it may not be worth the consequences that come along with it.
Negative Consequences of a Low Carb Diet:
-Decreased thyroid output (thyroid plays a major role in metabolism, so decreased is no bueno)
-Increased cortisol output (cortisol is our stress hormone..we don't want this elevated regularly)
-Decreased testosterone (less T makes it more difficult to build muscle and get that "toned" look)
-Reduced cognitive function
-Suppressed immune function
-Irregular or absent menses in females
Signs You Might Be Under-Consuming Carbs:
-You tire really easily
-You've hit a plateau with your performance in the gym
-You feel like you can't shift gears and hit that "go" button in your workouts
-You're muscles aren't growing even though you're working out regularly with weights/resistance
-Intolerance to cold
-Have difficulty falling asleep/You wake up multiple times a night
-As a female, you have irregular, absent, or painful menstrual cycles
While there is a small number of people who will do well on a low carb diet long term, the majority of people will look, feel, and perform their best with some carbs in their diet. An individual's specific intake requirements will depend on several factors including size, body fat %, activity frequency, intensity, and time, intake of other macronutrients, food preferences, and personal goals. There is no "correct" amount of carbohydrates that holds true for everyone all of the time. However, individuals who have much higher activity levels tend to utilize carbohydrates more efficiently. Especially if you're partaking in high intensity exercise, you should NOT be afraid of rice and potatoes! They are your friend :) CrossFit is a glycolytic sport which means it should be fueled by carbs!
If you're unsure of how many carbs you should be eating or what sources are best for you, we can help guide you in the right direction with our one-on-one nutrition coaching.