6 Benefits When You Give Up Carbs
6 Amazing Body Changes When You Give Up Carbs
1. When You Give Up Carbs…You Start Burning Fat
Tip: Exercise in the morning before you eat breakfast. This forces your body to burn stored fat, instead of the food you’ve eaten earlier in the day.
It’s not calories that satiate your hunger, it’s nutrients: fibre, 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.
Tip: Start your day with a high-protein, high-fat food like eggs scrambled with vegetables and you’ll reduce your hunger.
3. When You Give Up Carbs…Your Belly Gets Flatter
One of the first things you notice when you replace simple carbs with high-fibre foods is that your belly may flatten out. The reason: Most people 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. Those are the little buggers that cause bloating, and make your belly look bigger than it actually is. “Bumping up fibre can help promote healthy regularity,” says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition.
Tip: Start with simple swaps that feel natural to you. Trade the white bread for SugarFreeIQ high fibre bread. If you’re hungry between meals, reach for our famous Granola. SugarFreeIQ Granola is a great source of fibre and healthy fat, which can help fight inflammation in the body and also promote digestion.
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.
Tip: Fibre-rich complex carbs are harder for your body to digest, preventing the blood sugar spikes that cause insulin release. “The lower and more steady we keep blood sugar, the less insulin is released on a consistent basis and the more insulin-sensitive our tissues remain—which is a good thing,” Smith explains. So, cutting back on the simple stuff means you’ll be able to maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduce your risk for diabetes.
5. When You Give Up Carbs…Your Muscles Get Stronger
Tip: If you typically get hungry between meals, try replacing those vending-machine sweets with high-protein snacks that will fuel your body and give you stable energy for the afternoon ahead.
6. When You Give Up Carbs…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—berries and vegetables—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.
Tip: To reach a total "Net Carb" you will want to subtract the fibre from the total carbohydrate count, along with certain sugar alcohols. The best sugar replacement that we have found is Erythritol which is 100% deductible. To be safe, all other sugar alcohols like maltitol should be deducted at 50%.