Eating high quantities of carbs can cause weight gains and other dangerous conditions.
How can carbs make you fat?
If you eat carbs in high amounts, your body uses carbs as its primary fuel source, and stores fat.[ref]How We Get Fat. Body recomposition[/ref]
Starch and sugar is broken down into simpler sugars during the digestive process in your body, after which, they are readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
This is where they are called blood sugar. You have probably already heard the terms “blood sugar spikes” or “increased blood sugar levels,” which always depicted negatively: mood swings, hunger pangs, etc.
The glucose in your blood enters your body cells with the help of the hormone insulin.
Some of this glucose is utilized by the body to fuel your activities, from breathing to weight lifting. Excess sugar is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen stores and the remaining is converted to fat, which is bad news for all of us.
Fat storage isn’t the main reason why we reduce carbs in our diet. Here are some risks associated with a high-carb diet:
- Increased sugar cravings
- High blood sugar spikes which later result in lethargy and sluggishness
- Mental fog
- Feeling too full and uncomfortable after meals
- Stomach issues such as flatulence, belching and bloating
- Mood swings
Thankfully, these only last 1-2 weeks. As you reduce carbs, you will adjust and the withdrawal symptoms go away.
There are some safe supplements you can take to help remove brain fog and elevate your mood, but try to get through it naturally.
If you eat a ton of carbs now, don’t cut down cold turkey unless you know it will work; start tracking your intake, and decrease it 25% each week until you’re at an ideal goal around 100-150 grams of carbs per day. Use 8fit app’s Nutrition section to get your personalized values.
Embracing a low-carb diet will reduce your sugar cravings and help you feel “normal” about food. Many people feel more energetic and active by consuming less carbs and they tend to be more productive at work too.
Reducing gluten in your diet may even reduce bloating and mood problems associated with stomach problems.