6 Amazing Body Changes When You Give Up Carbs
Simple carbs, such as those found in cookies, candy and chips will give you a quick thrill, but you know they’re bad for you, and you’re guaranteed to feel a bit guilty afterwards. Yet we still can’t break our addiction to them. Worse, even if you are careful about intake, you might be stunned to realize how much you’re actually eating. There are almost as many carbs in a single chocolate chip cookie as there are in a bowl of oatmeal!
This is what happens when you give up carbs:
You Start Burning Fat Immediately
Reducing your intake of calorie-dense carbs automatically reduces the amount of calories you’re consuming on a daily basis, which forces your body to burn fat stored around your midsection for energy, rather than the sugars it takes from carbohydrates.
You Feel Less Hungry
It’s not calories that satiate your hunger, its nutrients: fiber, protein and healthy fats. Unfortunately, simple refined carbs are lacking in all three, even as they fill your body with fast, cheap calories. So no matter how much you eat, your body will go in search of more food. The result: a sluggish, hungrier you, one who’s more likely to dive into the snack drawer.
Your Belly Gets Flatter
One of the first things you notice when you replace simple carbs with high-fiber foods is that your belly may flatten out. Most Americans only take in 15 of the recommended 25 to 38 grams per day. As a result, the healthy gut microbes that keep us lean have less to munch on, and the unhealthy microbes, which feast on sugar, take over and that is what causes bloating, and makes your belly look bigger than it actually is.
You Slash Your Risk of Diabetes
Simple carbs are made of simple sugars, and eating too many can wreak havoc in your body in both the short and long term. The more of these quickly digested carbs you consume, the more insulin your pancreas produces, which can eventually lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Your Muscles Get Stronger
Almost every food in the world is healthier than simple carbs, from burgers and steaks to yogurt and even ice cream. That’s because simple carbs lack protein, the building blocks of muscle (and a key contributor to healthy hair, nails and skin). By filling your body with protein and other nutrients, you’re giving it what it needs to grow without having to find additional calories.
You Feel More Energized
Not all carbs are bad, of course. Your body needs carbohydrates to function properly, and they’re especially important for adequate brain and muscle function. By switching from simple carbs to more long-running fuel, fruits and vegetables, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa and other whole-grain options, you’ll ensure you have a steady flow of energy and avoid the ups and downs that simple carbs cause. You’ll no longer need to make poor food choices as a way of getting quick energy, and you won’t be dragging through those afternoon hours.