8 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Bread
Bread is the one thing which can fulfill the mild as well as severe hunger at any hour of the day, one slice of bread is always a good appetite, isn’t it? But what are the ingredients of the bread? Wheat, Maida or anything else, how well does it suit your health? Did you try to find out any answer for this?
Well, too much of consumption of this all-purpose flour breads haunts us sometimes and so let us consider our life without the existence of bread for a while. It will definitely be healthy! Hence this low-carb craze is going strong because of the instant food needs.
Bread is out. Pasta is overrated. And dieters are experimenting with how low their carb intake can go. But grains are anything but all the same. So whether you are cutting out refined grains, whole grains, or carbs in general, the effects can vary widely. Here’s a look at the wide array of things that happen when you ditch the bread bags:
1. YOU LOOSE WATER WEIGHT:
When you reduce your carb intake, the first thing you notice is how quickly, even magically, the weight falls off. But it’s not fat you’re losing. It’s water. When carbs are stored in the body in the form of glycogen, each gram of carbohydrate stores three to four times its weight in water. So as soon as you cut carbs and start using your glycogen stores, you’ll lose a good amount of water weight.
2. YOU CATCH THE LOW CARB FLU:
“Carbs are the brain’s main source of energy,” says every dietician. “When a person cuts down on carbs, the brain is running on fumes, especially as glycogen stores get low and become depleted.” Eventually, once all that glycogen is gone, your body breaks down fat and runs off of little carbon fragments called ketones. The result of this is bad breath, dry mouth, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, and brain fog. Basically, you feel like you have the flu. Eventually, your body adapts to running on ketones so you don’t feel so bad, but they are still aren’t your body’s preferred fuel source.
3. YOUR CRAVINGS SUBSIDE:
Refined carbohydrates are infamous for sending your blood-sugar levels through the roof, only for them to crash back down again. Dietician suggests that the rollercoaster ride activates addiction centers in the brain, leading to subsequent cravings. Opting for fiber-rich whole grains, though, can keep blood-sugar levels from plummeting to prevent cravings.
4. YOUR RISK OF HEART DISEASE DECREASES AND DIABETES GOES DOWN:
The type of grains you cut makes a big difference here. For instance, a 2014 study published in PLOS ONE found that refined carbohydrates drive up the body’s levels of a fatty acid (called palmitoleic acid) to raise the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile, according to the American Heart Association, whole grains can improve blood cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. The choice is clear.
5. YOUR ENERGY LEVEL DROPS:
Whole grains are a great source of iron, magnesium, and B vitamins, all of which are critical in maintaining energy levels, says Spano, who notes that many people are already deficient in magnesium. Plus, since carbs are your body’s preferred fuel source, all of your cells slow down without a healthy supply, says Caspero.
6. YOU DON’T POOP:
Whole-grain intake is a major player in how much fiber you get, according to a recent nutrition research study that found that 92 percent of U.S. adults don’t get enough of the grains. Fiber, the indigestible part of plants, like grains, not only helps stabilize blood-sugar levels, reduce the risk of obesity, and chronic diseases, but keeps your bathroom habits regular, says Spano.
7. YOU GET REALLY MOODY:
And not just because you’re eating all of your sandwiches as lettuce wraps. Carbs—whether they are whole or refined—increase the brain’s levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin, says Caspero. So when you cut healthy carbs like whole grains, your mental health goes right along with it.
8. YOUR WORKOUTS SUFFER:
“Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy for fueling all exercise, including both endurance and resistance training,” says Spano. “Cut carbs, and your energy will drop. Decrease your levels of your body’s stored carbohydrates, and your ability to produce force and power will decrease.” And the suckier your workouts, the suckier your results.
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