Low-carb weight loss plans are all the rage these days, with some people going so far as to cut out carbs entirely. And while this can be an effective weight loss strategy, most of us do need to eat some carbohydrates. If you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms, you might need to eat more carbs. Yes, really!
Grumpiness. A lack of carbohydrates in your diet can lead to mood swings feelings of grumpiness. Of course, too many carbs can have the same effect, due to blood suger fluctuations! The key is to consume carbs that are not derived from sugar or white flour, but instead from whole grains and fresh produce.
Dissatisfied after meals. Yes, protein keeps us feeling full between meals. But an all-protein meal might not feel satisfying at the moment. And if you’re feeling unsatisfied, you’re more likely to splurge on less healthy food options. Adding a bit of healthy carbs and fiber to your recipes is a better way to feel full, stave off cravings, and continue your weight loss plan.
Constipation. If you’re feeling constipated, it could be from the lack of fiber in your diet. Women should be consuming 21 to 25 grams of fiber each day, whereas men need 30 to 38 grams. If you’re having trouble in the bathroom, you probably need to consider adding more whole grains, veggies, or fruit to your diet.
Suffering during workouts. Carbs are stored in our bodies as glycogen, and glycogen gives us fuel for workouts. If you’re running out of energy halfway through your workout, or even having trouble getting started, it might be due to the lack of carbohydrates in your weight loss plan.
If you suspect an imbalanced eating plan is causing the above problems for you, contact our office to learn more about a weight loss plan that actually works in the long term. Yes, you can eat carbs and also achieve your goals!