Even though nutritionists still haven’t reached a consensus on carbohydrates, for a lot of people they’re still the best ‘fuel’. A low carb diet does not ensure the necessary amount of energy and makes us slow, but still, on the other side, eating too many of them, no matter if we’re talking about complex carbohydrates, can have a negative impact on our mood, weight, energy levels, digestion and immunity.
OK, so how can you find the middle way? Listen to your body and find out what it needs. At first, it might be difficult to realize, but over time, you will learn what foods to choose in order to fulfill your energy requirements.
To begin this process of interpreting your carbohydrates needs, answer with “yes” or “no” the following questions:
- Do you gain weight faster when your diet includes too many healthy carbs, such as whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables?
2. Do you feel tired or sleep shortly after consuming carbohydrates?
3. Do you experience decreased levels of energy throughout the day?
4. Do you gain weight on your abs, more than on hips and thighs?
5. Do you often consume sweets or carbohydrates when you’re feeling tired, angry or depressed?
If you answered “yes” to more than three questions, you might be eating more carbohydrates than your body can efficiently process. In order to prevent negative effects, the first step implies giving up sweets, starch-rich and processed foods for a period of time.
It should be understood that both simple and refined carbohydrates stimulate the food intake and activate parts of the brain that can make you eat without control.