If you have tried a low carbohydrate diet, how are your energy levels?? How about your mind? Have you ever had a brain fog?? Can you think clearly?
Im going to tell you that YOUR BRAIN LOVES CARBOHYDRATES!!! The brain is a powerful organ burning up to 300 calories a day! and it runs on carbs –glucose to be exact1. Glucose comes from metabolized carbohydrates- and the brain craves its fuel like a child craves candy!!!!!! Carbs are a brain food! So here is 1 reason of why we should not go on a low carb diet. *
Another reason, carbs are the body’s primary fuel source, plain and simple. High-fat/low-carb diets CAN work, but in majority of cases they’re best for individuals who are not working out or training for anything. Higher carb diets make any athlete, serious or recreational, perform better.
Here is another reason low carb diets can be bad for you, carbohydrates can improve sleep quality…. it has been proven in studies – foods that combine complex carbohydrates and protein, such as peanut butter on wheat bread or cereal with low fat milk, can help you sleep better.
Carbohydrates help deliver the amino acid tryptophan, which has a soporific effect, to your brain (National Sleep Foundation) Also eating complex carbs can help you restock glycogen stores, inhibit the breakdown of muscle and assist in muscle recovery.
I have seen among my peers that the best body compositions come from people who do not cut out carbs. What do bodybuilders do? And what have they always done? Carbs help you perform better, build more muscle, and are a protein-sparing nutrient. So if you want to get strong, outperform everyone in the gym, build more muscle, or get ripped by burning body fat – carbs will help you do that.
Carbohydrates increase our metabolism! Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy Also,if you are training hard- carbs take priority and fat comes in second AND that our thyroid may be more stimulated by carbohydrates.
Both of those things, harder training and healthier thyroid will lead to a faster metabolism. A faster metabolism will lead to a better body composition and overall better health.
So when we break this down into steps, we need to first get calories in check and then work on increasing carbohydrates while maintaining body fat – reverse diet.
75% of people are undereating, which means we need to increase calories. Carbs are the first thing that need to be addressed because they’re the most neglected. Lots of people think that carbs make you fat!
Carbs are extremely important to the thyroid and it helps stimulate and create a better hormonal balance in your body. The thyroid itself is involved in almost every cell and function in your body, so it’s really important. Carbs aren’t the only thing that helps this function improve, but it’s a huge part of it. Here is a good resource by Kate Deering- she is big on consuming carbs and why to consume carbs. She explains this in her book, “How To Heal Your Metabolism”.
Here are 5 reasons why I think a low carb diet is not good for you.
- Carbs are a brain food
- Carbs are fuel
- Carbs help you sleep better
- Carbs boost your metabolism
- Carbs boost your hormone production
I will talk more about this later- So for now, check you carbohydrate intake and see if you are consuming enough!
*Sometimes a brain fog comes from not eating any carbs all day or for multiple days, then eating a huge meal of carbs and going into a carb coma. That parasympathetic nervous system response is hitting you hard, you’re over stuffed, and it’s time to take a nap so you can digest and recover.