Don’t heed the advice and don’t pay the price.
Your body needs this. Some ‘experts’ recommend reducing it. It’s responsible for how you perform and many other things. It can even affect your mood.
Over the last number of years experts have been proposing low carb diets to lose weight. Eating lots of protein and drastically reducing carbs was seen as the way to reach your weight loss goes. But, your body needs carbs and will get them any way they can, even at the cost of metabolizing muscle to produce carbs. Let’s look at why we need carbs.
Energy. The body mainly uses glucose for energy when working out. Your body has a limited store of glucose, or glycogen, and if not replenished it will get depleted. What happens when our glucose gets depleted? Ever hear the phrase ‘hitting the wall’? That’s what happens. You have no energy, you are dead tired. But what happens if you keep exercising at a somewhat moderate to intense level? Your body will convert what it needs to, to glucose. This usually happens with the conversion of muscle to glucose. All that hard work you did to create the muscle is now being lost as that muscle is being consumed by your body. Hard to believe.
Post workout. The same goes for post workout. Your glucose and glycogen stores are depleted because you killed it at the workout. What do you do? You go for a big protein shake, right? No, don’t do it! Your body needs those stores filled up again so your body can continue to work. Believe it or not, if you don’t replenish your glycogen/glucose stores your body will not have enough to digest that protein and guess what, you got it, your body uses muscle for it’s energy source.
Well being. Low carb diets can make us miserable, negatively impacting our mood. That’s probably why so many of us love carbs, it makes us feel good. Without getting technical, eating carbs is believed to increase the amount of serotonin, the feel good chemical.
Intelligence. Living on a low carb diet can impact our ability to concentrate making it harder to work, harder to learn and harder to do anything that requires concentration. The brain requires it. Low carb diets also impair our brain functions.
Your body needs it
Your body needs carbs, the good carbs. Slow digesting carbs such as grains, oats, green vegetables, pasta, sweet potatoes, etc. Stay away from simple carbs like things containing white sugar. That stuff is nasty for you. Try to keep the percentage of carbs you eat at around 45% – 50%.
If anything, your mood will thank you for it.
Yours in health,