Lowering Carbohydrates in Your Diet

Carbohydrates are one of the three nutrients that provide the body with calories, the others being proteins and fats.

Of the three, you could argue that carbs are the fun foods, especially the refined varieties that include cookies, cakes, and candies.

Unfortunately, these refined carbohydrates are bad for your health, causing your body to have an inflammatory reaction that sets the stage for chronic conditions like heart disease. The sugars that come from carbs also provide fuel for abnormal cell growth (i.e. cancer cells).

Beyond the health risks, a diet high in carbohydrates promotes fat storage.

Carbohydrates and Weight Gain

When you eat carbs, they get converted to sugar by your digestive tract. That sugar moves into your blood. As your blood sugar level rises, your pancreas makes insulin. Insulin helps clear out excess blood sugar, but it also pushes fat into storage, particularly in your midsection.

Increase abdominal fat is a problem for anyone but can be most noticeable in men who are prone to belly fat as well as women over the age of 50, which is a time that menopause belly fat tends to increase.

So, there are a lot of compelling reasons to reduce the number of carbohydrate grams you eat during the day, but that is easier said than done.

Refined carbohydrates can change the brain chemistry. Sugar from refined carbohydrates rapidly peaks your blood sugar level, which triggers the addiction center of the brain called the nucleus accumbens.

This area of the brain is the same spot that lights up with addictive substances and behaviors, like drugs and gambling.

In the same way that an individual can become addicted to drugs, a person can become addicted to carbs.

So, there is no doubt that carbohydrate addiction is hard to break, but it can be done when you learn how to replace carbs with healthy and satisfying fats and fiber.

What to Eat When You Reduce Carbs

In my video on how to cut carbs, I talk about the best foods to eat when you reduce your overall carbohydrate intake.

What is important to note is that not all carbs are created equal. We have whole carbs that are good for us and high in fiber, and then we have the refined varieties that break down quickly into sugar. Even if you are on a low-carb diet, high-fiber carbs are good choices.

Lowering Carbohydrates in your diet

Fatty fish and Coconut Oil contain healthy fats while Nuts, Seed, and Avocados provide both fat and fiber.

High-fiber carbs include nuts, seeds, avocados and non-starchy vegetables, such as leafy greens, peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Nuts, seeds, and avocados are among the best foods to include in your diet as you are training your body to move away from carbs because they also provide healthy fats that keep hunger and cravings under control.