Giving up carbs to feel better!
The human body knows that survival depends on the ability to derive energy from substrates as diverse as glucose, protein, fatty acids, and ketones. And he knows even better that sometimes these substances are not immediately available, so he has learned to set them aside very efficiently.
Glucose is stored in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen, fatty acids are stored in the form of triglycerides in fat cells, and proteins are not stored, but simply go into tissues and muscles.
If we think about the history of our species, the conditions of food scarcity under which we evolved, it becomes apparent that Ketosis is a form of adaptation that allows the brain to derive nutrition when carbohydrates are not available, using the fat accumulated in the rare moments of abundance.
The human body is able to function just fine even at zero (yes, zero!) carbohydrates per day for life, while at zero protein and/or zero fat it survives much less time.
We live surrounded by carbohydrates: bread, pasta, sweets, fruit. Those who follow a traditional diet consume many of them, throughout the day, from breakfast to dinner. Is it possible to do without it?
To this question, many people would answer no, because to imagine depriving themselves of it is really very difficult. Yet, the
benefits gained when giving up carbohydrates are significantly greater than the sacrifices required.
The need to almost completely eliminate carbohydrate-containing foods sparks panic in the minds of those approaching a low carb lifestyle. And now what am I going to eat?
Actually, the answer is simple: everything.
In the sense that there is a very long list of food without or with few carbohydrates: any kind of
meat and of fish, the vegetables, the eggs, i cheeses (in moderation).
Carbohydrates are the main cause of the irresistible sense of hunger that affects those who consume them. In fact, more than
hunger, it should really be called carbohydrate craving.
Eating them, in fact, results in an increase in insulin, which causes a glycemic spike. When this peak is exhausted, the body begins to crave new carbohydrates. A low carb diet breaks this mechanism, and makes hunger more controllable and manageable.
Less fat more muscle
Eliminating carbohydrates does not simply mean losing weight but losing fat.
It also positively affects the overall health of the organism. For example, it allows you to keep your blood sugar under control (a key element for those with diabetes). At the same time, in the long term, it allows to Decrease the risk of the occurrence of inflammatory phenomena, such as arthritis and dermatitis.
Some symptoms of carbohydrate and sugar intake
Here then we can find ourselves in a condition where:
- we are impatient and intolerant: we are often irritated and get angry over the slightest thing
- sleep is disturbed, we wake up repeatedly during the night and struggle to fall back asleep
- We have widespread joint pain and think it is the fault of age
- We always feel very hungry even shortly after eating
- Our intestines are colitic or too sluggish, sore and with fermentation