The low-carbohydrates diet “riot” takes a huge swing and the craze is still going strong. Bread is pronounced as number one enemy and out of the picture. Pasta is regarded as overrated. Dieters still strive to experiment with how low they can decrease their carb consumption. But there is one thing to point out, grains are anything but identical. Therefore, whether you’re trying on reducing refined grains, whole grains, or carbs in general, the effects may be different. Here’s a glance of what are the possible scenarios if you’d decide to get rid of bread bags:
You will start to lose water weight
When you cut off your carb intake, you will notice rapid loss of your weight, call it magic, however it’s not fat that you’re getting rid of, but water. The carbohydrates are stored in the body in form of glycogen, while each gram of the carbs stores at least three to four times its weight in water. So when you stop with carbs, your body will then switch to using the glycogen stores and you will lose a large amount of the water weight.
You will feel sick and jaded
Carbohydrates are the so called brain’s energy stimulator. When you cut down on carb intake, the brain starts to run on fumes, particularly as the glycogen reserves reach low levels and drains out. In the end, once the glycogen reaches zero, the body turns to fat for energy and you will start losing even more weight. With time, your body will desperately switch to the small carbon fragments so-called ketones. The result: nausea, weakness, dry mouth, tiredness, dizziness, insomnia, bad breath. You will feel sick and won’t be able to function properly. Eventually, your body will adapt to ketones and try to function, but they’re not the energy source you need, in fact, high level of ketones are toxic to your body.
Higher risk of heart disease and diabetes
The type of grain that you choose to cut off is a game changer. A study made in 2014, published by PLOS ONE states that refined carb increases the levels of fatty acid (called palmitoleic acid) in the body and with it, increases the risk of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, as stated by the American Heart Association, “whole” grains can improve the cholesterol levels in our blood and with it, lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke and diabetes. The choice is obvious and clear.
Your energy Levels will fall
Whole grains have all sorts of important ingredients for our body, including magnesium, iron and B vitamins, all of which are vital in preserving our energy levels. Considering that the carbs are your body’s essential energy source, all of your body cells will slow down without the required healthy supply. You will feel fragile and weak.
You won’t Poop – at least not regularly
Whole-grain consumption is a major factor in how much fiber you acquire. Fiber, which is a indigestible carbohydrate, like grains, not only that it regulates the body’s level of sugars, maintaining blood and hunger sugar in-check, as well as reducing the risk of chronic diseases and obesity, but also, it helps you maintain a regular bathroom habit.
Mood check – not good
And it’s not just because you prefer eating your sandwiches as lettuce wraps. Carbohydrates increase the level of feel-good brain neurotransmitter known as serotonin, which is responsible for maintaining our mood balance and contributes to well-being and happiness. Scientifically speaking, if a deficit of serotonin does happen, researchers believe it leads to depression. So when you stop eating healthy carbs like whole grains, your mental health drives right along with it.
Workouts will Suffer – becomes an issue
Carbohydrates are regarded as the body’s prime source of energy for all types of exercises, including both resistance and endurance training workouts. If you do cut on carbs, your energy level will drop and with it, the levels of the body’s stored carbs. Your ability to exercise and train will weaken, you will lose your strength and force. And the worse your workouts get, the more ineffective your results will be.