Have you ever found yourself starving and craving carbs or find you are unable to control yourself around cakes and cookies? For this reason many people think carbohydrates are bad. If they could just lay off the carbs all their pounds would melt away! Since the low carb diets became popular, America has gotten fatter. More than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. The cravings are not because carbs are bad; the cravings come from physiological needs. Two things cause cravings; American’s 3 square meals a day, or low calorie diets.
Let’s look at 3 square meals a day first. The average American’s three meals a day is an abundant amount of food that your body can’t handle at one time. Even if the food is whole wheat bread, lean meats, and the freshest vegetables plucked from you garden this morning, if you eat too many calories the food gets stored.
Take lunch for example, as your food enters your blood stream, because it is in excess, insulin is released to convert the excess food into fat and store it in your fat cells. The problem is that insulin doesn’t get rid of just the excess, it stores all the food in your blood stream leaving your body empty of energy. If you have ever felt sluggish, tired, irritable at 3 P.M. this is your body converting your lunch into fat and storing it into your fat cells.
At 3 pm when we are sluggish, we are also starving. Most people either reach for caffeine to pick them up or go for food. What is the major choice of food at this point, sugar. As your body is out of energy your body starts to crave sugar the simplest form of energy, and because we are starving we lose the ability to stop ourselves from overeating. Now our 3 pm snack is too much food and the cycle continues.
Some people don’t eat at 3 pm. Our bodies need energy so we get energy from muscle tissue. Muscle is converted into sugar and used for energy. This lowers our metabolism which means we burn less calories and store more fat on a daily basis. This is the same problem that people on low calorie diets experience. Every American that eats 3 meals a day or less, are in a cycle of either storing the food they eat into fat or burning muscle tissue for energy.
To break the cycle, the key is to eat 5 small meals throughout the day. Eating small meals keeps your body utilizing the food you eat as energy and not storing your food into fat. Eating a healthy diet starts with 5 small meals before anything else can be considered.
With eating 5 small meals the carb cravings go away. Your body can naturally tell you that you are full. Once you are on the cycle of eating too much or not eating enough, your body loses this ability. Start eating 5 small meals today can kick the cravings good bye.