Have you ever stopped to wonder what would happen to your body if you really committed to passing on the bread bowl, gave up your wheat thins and stopped snacking on energy blocks (even when you aren’t training!)? What would happen if you stopped eating refined carbs?
It’s no secret that refined carbs can contribute to weight gain and less than optimal athletic performance. So reducing the amount of these in your diet would logically lead to a leaner, fitter more athletic you.
But how does this work? And is it really worth giving up your carboholic ways?
Here’s what really goes down when you put the Twizzlers down…
Body Change #1: You FEEL LESS HUNGRY
Refined carbs and sugars alter our natural hunger and fullness cues. Researchers have consistently found that high carb breakfasts, like starting your day with a bowl of cereal, lead to more eating later in the day than starting with a higher protein breakfast like a vegetable omelet. Simple carbs burn up in your body like gasoline, leaving you hungry shortly after your meal. But fiber, protein and fats all burn longer and slower than simple carbs. This means that by cutting back on refined carbs, you’ll naturally find yourself enduring through your weekly long bike ride without needing to refuel every hour.
Low Carb Body Change #2: You HAVE CONSISTENT ENERGY
Living on a diet of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates puts your body in a continual energy roller coaster. This is common practice for endurance athletes. Right after you drink your Gatorade or grab your morning bagel, your energy is high and then, whoosh, an hour later your energy levels crash. So you reach for some other refined carb … and the cycle continues. All of that improves once you cut out those simple carbs. Switching to nutrient dense food sustains your energy levels for hours at a time, letting you train consistently and saving you from that frustrating roller coaster.
Low Carb Body Change #3: Your STOMACH GETS FLATTER
Probably the most coveted of the low carb body changes…once you’ve been off of simple carbs for a few weeks your stomach will visibly become flatter. Researchers have found that when meals are based around protein and vegetables, rather than processed carbs, participants lost significant amounts of belly fat. It’s a well-deserved reward and one that will keep you motivated to continue your healthier eating habits.
While eating healthy, nutritious meals is awesome, don’t forget that exercise is half of the battle when it comes to getting and staying fit. Call or email us today and we will get you started on the exercise program that will have you performing at your best once and for all!
The BEST Carbs:
Before you decide to go completely carb-free, it’s important to know that there is a big difference between simple, refined carbs (which cause rapid fat storage) and complex carbs (which are necessary and healthy). By switching from simple carbs to more complex carbs like vegetables, sweet potatoes, sprouted grain bread, oatmeal, quinoa and other whole-grain options—you’ll reap the fat loss benefits and will have a steady flow of energy while you avoid the ups and downs that simple carbs cause.