5 Signs You’re Not Eating Enough Carbohydrates
Very low carbohydrate diets are pretty in fashion right now and you have been lead to believe that carbohydrates are the devil when it comes to making you fat.
Which simply isn’t true
HINT: Calories are!
So today i am going to share with you 5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Carbohydrates and can start eating more delicious pasta, potatoes and bread without wrecking your ability to see impressive changes to your body and improve how you look and feel.
So let’s dive in!
1. You have zero energy
Pretty straight forward this one.
Carbohydrates are the preferred fuel of your energy systems, and when they aren’t available, we do look to use fat as a fuel.
But, that fuel is kinda like putting diesel into a petrol car.
Being easier to convert directly into energy, carbohydrates help us create energy and provide much needed glucose for the brain, your organs and muscles to perform optimally and you can’t fuel a workout or recover properly if you’re constantly in a state of depletion.
2. You’re moody, irritable and snappy 24 / 7
Serotonin is a neuro transmitter found in the brain.
In order to make serotonin, we need carbohydrates in our diets. Too low a carbohydrate amount for a good amount of time and it’s unlikely that you’re going to have a smile on your face!
Serotonin is called our ‘feel good’ hormone for a reason and is important to your overall happiness and it drops pretty significantly when you’ve been following a zero carbohydrate diet for a while.
Getting just the right amount of carbs in your diet makes you both feel good and get the results that you want.
3. You’ve stopped improving your shape or gaining lean muscle tissue
Carbohydrates fuel our workouts and provide the raw materials to help us train hard in the gym.
When you lift weights, perform HIIT, go for a run or do any exercise for that matter, you use fuel from both your dietary carbohydrate in the form of available blood glucose and also stores of carbohydrate from your muscle and liver (glycogen).
When that carbohydrate isn’t available, the body HAS to find it from somewhere else.
And it does so by oxidising fats and proteins, again both from the diet, existing stores and potentially even from muscle tissue. This can be a good and bad thing depending on the make up of your diet.
But the truth is that you’re actively looking to improve how you look and one of the central tenants to that is increasing the levels of lean muscle tissue that you hold.
(fear not ladies, weight training won’t make you big and bulky no matter what you might think!)
So there are two really important things that carbohydrates can do in order to help you achieve your own transformation.
- The help you train harder in the gym, lift more weights and push harder on your cardio. This means greater caloric expenditure and greater elevations in metabolism post exercise (i.e. you burn more calories at rest!)
- They help you build lean muscle tissue which helps improve how you look. Slimmer stomach, leaner torso, toned arms and legs…. Yep, weight training can help with all of that and carbohydrates can help with your weight training! It’s a no brainer really.
Here’s what i mean when you can manipulate carbohydrates without going zero carbs to get the results you want!
4. You suffer with ‘brain fog’ and can’t concentrate properly
You know that thing called your brain?
Yup, it’s a big part of you and your body.
It’s also a HUGE consumer of daily glucose, i.e. carbohydrates and it has been said that the brain requires 100g of glucose per day just to function.
When on a very low carbohydrate diet, you may suffer with brain fog which is kinda like a mild hangover until the body goes through ‘fat adaptation’ and uses other fuel from fats. The offshoot is that you could have an inability to focus, concentrate and perform normal tasks that you would before your low carbohydrate diet began.
To be honest though, i’d rather give my brain and body what it wants.
5. You can’t poop.
Even i laughed writing that, but it’s true.
Very low carbohydrate diets don’t tend to have the fibre or resistant starch that we get from whole grains and potatoes, which can make the process of forming fecal matter sluggish and improper.
This is a HUGE problem for the digestive system and your excretory processes and can mean you start to struggle when it comes to sitting on the throne.
A fully functioning bowel is important to your ability to lose weight but more important to your overall health, make sure it’s working properly 😉
So there you have it.
If any of these are ringing your bells then maybe you need to either increase
your daily carbohydrates of consider a carbohydrate cycling approach to achieving
the body that you want.
Yours in Health,
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