Just this week I've heard of a couple of people who say they're cutting out carbs. For one its been a long-term thing, on advice from a professional!
Now, I'll keep this simple to give you an overview and leave out the scientific jargon. Future posts will expand on specifics.
Two main points are: 1. You should never totally cut out carbs and 2. Carbs are found in fruit and veggies, so sometimes you're not actually cutting out carbs when you think you are. In respect of point 2, you should not rely on getting your carbs from just fruit and vegetables.
Good reasons to eat carbs:
1. It helps maintain a good metabolism long term. Which keeps excess fat away, as long as you don't over eat and drink.
2. It allows your body to retain the water it needs to function properly.
3. Your brain functions better.
4. Your muscles can reach their full potential.
5. Eating foods that contain carbs helps keep you regular in the pooping department.
Things that will happen if you cut out carbs:
1. In the long term you'll retain weight and keep excess fat if your metabolism gets messed up.
2. You'll be going to the toilet for a wee more often while essential water is draining from your body.
3. You are more susceptible to headaches.
4. You're more likely to be grumpy.
5. You'll probably get more sugar cravings.
6. Any weight lost will probably just be water, which will most likely return as soon as you resume eating carbs.
7. You will probably feel lethargic - where you lack energy and enthusiasm to do anything and feel tired all the time.
There are many opinions out there from different professionals and you can get research to back up just about any viewpoint, which is pretty scary. As with all things in life, there should be balance and you should listen to what your body is telling you... That doesn't mean act on the little voice that says to raid the cookie jar and demolish the whole lot! Try and understand your cravings. If you find that hard, write a food diary for a week, being totally honest, and book some time with us at Maitri Fitness to get advice about what you should be fuelling your most important asset with.