How to Know If You Have to Cut on Carbs?

The debate about carbohydrates is usually a tricky one. Chances are high that you ate a good amount of carbohydrates in your last meal. Undoubtedly, carbs fuel our bodies to give us the daily energy to do basic chores or intense training. The big question now becomes, “Is there such a thing as eating too many carbs?” The fact is, both high-carb and low-carb diets have an impact on your body. This might come as a surprise, but the amount of carbohydrates most people consume daily is more than the minimum requirement. That said, what are the signs that you should cut out on carbs?

You Always Feel Hungry

If you feel like eating more after a meal or you feel hungry throughout the day, your carb consumption may be too high. Carbohydrates digest fast, which means you’ll feel hungry a few hours after you eat. Protein-rich and fat-rich foods usually take longer to digest, thus making you feel full for a longer time. Overeating can lead to serious problems and it’s advisable to substitute your cereal breakfast with protein-packed foods like eggs and whole wheat bread. Likewise, opt for low carb foods like leafy vegetables, broccoli, and green beans.

Your Mood Fluctuates Often

Eating too many (wrong) carbohydrates can lead to mood swings. This experience may differ greatly from one individual to another. But, excessive carbs can lead to fluctuations in your blood sugar which in turn makes you moody. When you take a lot of refined carbs, your body secretes insulin which leads to blood sugar lows. To stabilize your blood sugar levels, and to keep your moods in check, eat a healthy diet that’s high in proteins, fats, and unrefined carbs.

Frequent Headaches

Headaches are not fun and can mess up your day. High blood sugar caused by excessive carbs could be one of the reasons. To keep headaches at bay, enrich your daily diet with proteins. Stick to whole fruits and grains in place of pasta and other refined carbs.

Fatigue

The type of carbohydrates you indulge in matters as much as the amount you take. Everything refined gets burned up really quickly to provide a short-lived surge of energy. Your body responds by releasing insulin to stabilize the rise in blood sugar levels. This shuttles all the sugar into your muscles making you feel sluggish and fatigued. The trick is to switch to wholemeal breakfast containing more proteins.

Unhealthy Skin

Your skin is a reflection of what you eat. Sugary foods aggravate skin problems and if you notice your skin breaking out or your acne condition worsening, blame it on the carbs. White flour products like bread, cookies, and cakes are the main causes. Before you go to the drug store, change your diet and lower your carbohydrates intake.

You Gain Weight Despite Working Out

Are you working out regularly and cutting back on calories? Check your carb intake. Eating a lot of carbohydrates leads to the release of insulin by your body. Insulin stores sugar as fat and inhibits the breakdown of fats. As a result, losing weight is almost impossible. Similarly, when you deprive your body of calories, your cortisol levels become elevated.

This causes the release of glucose to boost your energy. A higher cortisol level creates cravings for high-carb foods. If you’re fond of eating refined foods, you’ll find these cravings hard to beat. To make your workouts pay, start by checking the percentage of carbohydrates in every food you buy, specially packaged food. Avoid any foods with high sugar percentage. Consuming foods that are rich in protein and fiber allows you to eat less and prevent weight gain.

High Cholesterol Levels

Do you know your cholesterol level? Having it checked is a sure way of knowing if you need to cut on your carbs. If your body has low levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and high levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), then you’re at a higher risk of developing heart diseases. To be on the safe side, avoid refined carbs as much as possible. Stay alert with the nutritional values of the food you eat.

 

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