Committing to exercise this spring will do you just fine, but knowing the role carbs play will really help tighten your beltline!
For most, cutting too many carbs from your diet is an unintentional yet common dietary mistake — something our successful clients have learned to correct. While it’s true that cutting back on your daily carbohydrate intake will help with your weight loss efforts, cutting dietary carbs too low can actually have the opposite intended effect. The frustrating result is that your body weight may remain the same, or even worse, you’ll gain additional weight!
Top 10 Reasons Carbs Are An essential Part Of Your Daily Nutrition
- The effects of a low-carbohydrate lifestyle will result in a “carb crash” that include constipation, bad breath, headaches, irritability, fatigue and potential vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
- You need carbohydrate calories to burn for energy.
- In terms of exercise, if carbs are too low on your nutrition plan you will be weaker, more lethargic and will lack the ability to concentrate and maintain an effective training intensity to produce results.
- Drastic carb cutting may lead to faster weight loss, but can also lead to fast regain of body weight once carbs are reintroduced into the diet, even in smaller amounts!
- If carbohydrate intake remains very low and overall caloric intake with regards to proteins and fats aren’t properly adjusted, your body will revert into “starvation mode” as the body tries to conserve energy.
- You need carbs to ensure you’re getting enough fiber and cancer protective phytochemicals.
- Because serotonin is a byproduct of carbohydrate metabolism, a low-carbohydrate intake depletes the serotonin levels in the brain. With lower serotonin, individuals become more depressed and more obsessed, and in extreme cases that can lead to an eating disorder.
- Cutting carbs too low may not be effective for your body type.
- The sudden loss of energy-burning fuel can stall your metabolism, which is counterproductive to weight loss.
- A state of ketosis can result from drastic carb-cutting. Common in the malnourished and those who suffer from diabetes, if not treated, ketosis is a potentially fatal condition that first leads to a coma as the nervous system becomes depressed because of the blood pH drop caused by the ketones in the blood stream.
The Right Way To Counting Calories
There is another area of nutrition that can cause some confusion when trying to follow a healthy eating lifestyle. And that has to do with determining if the make-up of total calories in the food you eat is comprised of the right kind of calories that will be beneficial to you and your family’s health.
Like most these days you’re no doubt looking for the best way to provide nutritional meals for your family, and it really doesn’t take a lot of effort to read the labels of what we eat. Where the real challenge lies is in understanding what makes up the total calories we consume from any given food choice. Even for savvy health-conscious consumers it’s a common mistake to look at food labels and make a purchase based on the lowest total calories for that product type alone and not what nutritional value is contained within. In fact, no matter what your fitness and nutrition goals are our eTransformation Online Weight Loss, Exercise & Lifestyle Program contains everything you need to guarantee success!
4 Simple Rules to Counting Calories The Right Way
- Look at the content of protein, carbs and fat
- Look at sugar and sodium sources
- Look at additives and preservatives
- Do not necessarily go by the government’s Daily Recommended Value (DRV) as it is based on the average sedentary adult, and therefore may end up being useless to someone who is in a regular fitness program.
We Are What We Eat
The power of T.V commercial marketing can be very persuasive, so it’s extremely important to understand that 100 calories from a piece of chocolate, for example, is not the same as 100 calories from a piece lean protein, such as chicken.
Remember, the key to healthy living is that you MUST base your nutritional intake on what actual nutrition your food can provide for you!