Are you a woman who is afraid of carbohydrates?
Do you know which carbohydrates are good and the ones that are not so good?
Are you avoiding the wrong ones OR are you eating low carbohydrate because you want to maintain your weight?
Let’s take a look at carbohydrates to see what they are all about.
First of all, let’s take a look at what fuels your body.
There are foods that are called macronutrients and these are carbohydrates, protein and fats. There are also micronutrients and these are vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals.
Carbohydrates, protein and fats contain calories that are units of energy to give you fuel for your body. The micronutrients are the spark plugs of your body to make sure that it runs smoothly.
Your body will need a certain amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats so that you can function optimally. If you are not eating enough of each one of these, there can be a few issues. If you are not eating enough fat, your hormones can go a bit out of wack, if you eat too little protein, you can feel tired, weak and constantly hungry.
If you do not eat enough carbohydrates, you can also feel tired and have lots of cravings for high sugary foods or starchy foods, think biscuits, cakes, muffins, chocolate etc.
Many of us are eating the wrong types of carbohydrates such as refined sugary foods like cakes, biscuits, milk chocolates, sweets, fruit pies, desserts and ice creams.
This can be a bit of a disaster for weight maintenance, not to mention increase your cravings for these types of foods because they are addictive.
There are some better carbohydrate choices such as starch carbohydrates like sweet potato, squashes, beetroot, quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat, to name a few.
You can assess your carbohydrate needs by how much activity you do. So for example, if you have a desk job, you won’t need as much energy than if someone has a job that involved walking around a shop floor all day. Also how much you like to exercise and intensity of that exercise. You can assess your own energy needs and adjust accordingly. The important thing is to listen to your body and give it what it needs. Are you hungry, are you lacking energy, are you craving foods? If you answer yes to all three, then you need to re adjust your carbohydrate intake.
Carbohydrates will give your muscles energy and muscles need a lot of energy. The more muscle you have on your body, the higher your energy needs will be. Carbohydrates also help your body to recover from physical activity.
If you are restricting your carbohydrate intake, this can lead to over eating or binge eating. If you find yourself doing this in the evening, you need to up your carbohydrates. Also, if you feel tired and weak and don’t have enough energy to do regular exercise, your recovery time is not quick enough and your muscles take longer to recover, you have cravings for sweet foods all the time, not just around your period? You could be needing to eat more carbohydrates.
There could be other reasons why you feel weak, tired etc. but if you are eating low carbohydrates now, this is a good place to start, by eating more carbohydrates to see if these issues resolve themselves.
If they are not resolved and you still feel weak, tired, have cravings etc. then there can be other issues going on in your body that need to be looked at so you can get them sorted out. You want good energy levels every day don’t you? It is no fun to feel tired out every day.
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