Carbohydrates have gotten a bad rap the last few years so it’s important to look at why they’re part of a healthy diet. Carbs are great sources of energy-providing glucose. The best carbs are those that contain lots of fiber - fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Carbs you want to avoid are those that are refined or have had grains removed and sugar added. Think white bread, cookie, cakes.
Here are some reasons you don’t want to ditch carbs completely:
Your brain runs on glucose - glucose comes from carbs. Remove carbs completely and you may have trouble remembering and learning since your brain won’t have enough glucose to function properly.
• Reduce Bloating
Good carbs contain fiber which helps keep you regular and eliminating waste efficiently.
• Mood Boosters
Most carbs contain tryptophan which creates serotonin in your brain and makes you feel full and content. Without it, you can feel hungry even after eating a 20oz steak and may have trouble shaking bad moods.
• Athletic Performance
Carbs are stored in your body as glycogen, which is a crucial factor in the duration and intensity of your physical activity. Without carbs, you don’t have much to run on and you’ll tire quickly.
• Muscle Mass
Without carbs, there is no glycogen to feed your muscles, so your body begins to use amino acid stores. This results in a decrease of muscle mass which then leads to metabolism issues.
• Weight Loss is Deceiving
The weight loss seen by eliminating carbs is due to the body not holding water that it normally would with carbs. Your scale may say you’re doing a good job, but you’re just getting dehydrated and losing muscle. Even then, the weight loss will taper off after 6 months.
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Effects of normal meals rich in carbohydrates or proteins on plasma tryptophan and tyrosine ratios
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