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Jun 6th, 2014, 17:01 PM  
Jeans
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What I like about low carb diets

I'm a carb addict. I love breads, noodles, and potatoes in all their starchy goodness, but when I eat them I feel really loaded down and sleepy. I think it is because it all turns to sugar pretty fast.

The fewer starchy foods that I eat, the more the cravings go away. As soon as I start eating them again, thinking I can control myself, those cravings come back and I end up overeating.

I just feel better when I limit the number of carbs that I consume in each meal.
 
Jun 7th, 2014, 09:31 AM  
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I'm a carb addict. I love breads, noodles, and potatoes in all their starchy goodness, but when I eat them I feel really loaded down and sleepy. I think it is because it all turns to sugar pretty fast.

The fewer starchy foods that I eat, the more the cravings go away. As soon as I start eating them again, thinking I can control myself, those cravings come back and I end up overeating.

I just feel better when I limit the number of carbs that I consume in each meal.
Carbs help in the release of dopamine and seratonin, which is why one gets sleepy, a good reason to get most of the carbs in at night (and no, eating carbs at night doesn't necessarily make you fat).

I think relatively low carb is good for most sedentary people, around 100g per day. For those doing heavy weight lifting (yes, we all SHOULD be :-)), or high intensity exercise then more carbs are required.

I found that when I went very low carb for a while, although I felt good, my sleep really suffered, waking in the night all the time.

Now I train in the afternoon and eat starchy carbs in my evening meal, I sleep like a baby!!
 
 
Jun 9th, 2014, 14:52 PM  
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I'm a carb addict. I love breads, noodles, and potatoes in all their starchy goodness, but when I eat them I feel really loaded down and sleepy. I think it is because it all turns to sugar pretty fast.

The fewer starchy foods that I eat, the more the cravings go away. As soon as I start eating them again, thinking I can control myself, those cravings come back and I end up overeating.

I just feel better when I limit the number of carbs that I consume in each meal.
So true! I always feel better when I eat less carbs, I have so much energy, it blows my mind! But you are right, I have an addiction to them also, and it's better if I just try and stay away from the processed carbs altogether.
 
Jun 10th, 2014, 15:54 PM  
Jeans
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One starchy carb food that I have not managed to give up is potatoes. I limited them though.

They are relatively low in calories so I don't worry about that part of it much. It all depends on what sort of fatty thing you put on top of them.
 
Jun 11th, 2014, 10:12 AM  
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Oh, but Jeans, the stuff you put on top is what makes it SO good! That's a problem for me because I drench them in butter and sour cream (and sometimes bacon!). Haha! So I find it better to just not have except for maybe once a month.
 
Jun 11th, 2014, 15:58 PM  
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I don't know how anyone manages to control carbs over the long run.

Like you, Jeans, I find them addictive, and I feel better when I limit them --- a lot better. But the problem is, I can't seem to keep it up over time.

I've gone as long as three or four months straight doing low carb, then -- BAMMO! -- I will start nibbling on this, that or the other and the discipline I've built up over the weeks starts crumbling down as I slide into yet another carb binge that lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, until I build up the resolve to get back on the low carb wagon.
 
 
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