Although completely carb-free diets have been proven successful for weight loss, it can come with some negative side effects. A better alternative would be to cut out most carbs, but still include some healthy carbs into your eating habits.
The 4 main side effects of no-carb diets are:
1. Workouts Suffer
Carbohydrates are needed for energy when working out, as the muscles prefer carb energy compared to protein energy for intense exercise. When carb energy is not available, he body uses fatty acids from the fat stores, as well as amino acids from the muscles in order to produce the needed energy for the workout.
This is why it is important to include some healthy carb options into your diet, especially when you are planning some intensive exercise.
2. Brain Function Suffers
Whilst muscles can use fatty acids and amino acids when carb energy is unavailable, the brain can’t. The brain needs a constant supply of blood sugar that is derived from carbs, in order to operate properly. A diet that severely limits carbs can slow the processing of auditory and visual information, delay thinking and harm long-term memory.
3. Body Function Suffers
When you are not following a balanced diet, but rather cutting out all forms of carbohydrates, it can cause the body’s functions to stop working as they should. Even after just a few days of not eating any carbs, you might experience things like rashes, bad breath, muscle cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, and fatigue.
4. Nutrition Suffers
We all need certain vitamins and minerals in order to keep our bodies well maintained. Since many of these are not found in protein, but in carbs, it is important to ensure that you do include some carbohydrates into your healthy, balanced diet.
So what carbs should you eat?
The key is to steer clear of refined carbohydrates, and rather opt for whole-grains which are rich in nutrients and can help with things like managing body functions.
Fresh fruits contain healthy natural sugars, instead of the unhealthy sugars found in processed food and drinks. They also contain generous amounts of beta-carotene, vitamins C, E and K.
For an effective and healthy way to increase fiber and a little bit of carbs, replace one to 2 meals per day with the Manna Low GI Shake, which can help to replace vital minerals and increase fiber intake for regular bowel movement.