Do you Crave Carbs

Do you crave carbs?                                                                                                                     

You are not alone, as this is one of the things I hear many people talk about!
If you crave carbohydrates,  more than likely your system is out of balance and your blood sugar is dropping which can cause you to crave simple carbs.

It’s a balancing act on how to create meals that eliminate these cravings, but if you know the formula then you can stop the cycle.

In this blog want to share my most helpful tips to beat these cravings.

First; Eat every 3 to 4 hours to keep blood sugar stabilized.  This isn’t the same thing as grazing all day. Grazing can encourage weight gain by continually pumping insulin out every time you eat. Also, it is very hard to gauge what you have taken in each day.

Second; Construct a meal of protein, healthy fats and complex carbs at each eating opportunity.

You don’t have to have a big meal, just focus on the 3 macronutrients( Protein, Complex Carbohydrates and Healthy fats).

Third; Reduce or eliminate all sweeteners. Allow the body to adjust to less sugars, artificial especially! Alcohol falls into this group. Alcohol is considered a “Super Sugar” as it is broken down and will cause Insulin spikes. Keep this to a small amount or eliminate when you are on this mission.

Forth; If you are doing too much HIIT exercise, cut it back to 2 a week as this will increase your carb cravings by shooting up the cortisol in your body. Don’t get me wrong, I love HIIT, but have a combination of workouts such as weight training, HIIT and then add in active recovery like walking or bike riding to round it all out.  For those of you not familiar with the acronym HIIT it stands for High Intensity, Interval training. 

Give yourself at least 10 days to 2 weeks on this regime and then check yourself to see how your cravings are going.
If you are still craving carbs and sugars, then you might have a food sensitivity that you will need to address with an elimination diet.

Need more in- depth help?  Then contact me for a 30 minute consultation!

Coach Lesslee

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