Why do I love carbs? Here are reasons why you crave carbohydrates and sugar. That is a concept only know to women. This is something that men don’t deal with and one reason largely is because of our hormonal differences. Estrogen means that you process carbohydrates very differently than men. Now remember carbohydrates refers to good carbohydrates like spinach and bad carbohydrates like candy and chocolate, not that those are bad I actually think those are fantastic, but you just don’t want to eat too many of them. Whenever I’m talking about carbohydrates I mean either good or bad.
We process carbohydrates very differently. Because of that we are prone to our blood sugar becoming unstable and going up and down. Whenever your blood sugar bottoms out your body thinks that you’re going to go into starvation mode and it’s like “Oh My God I need carbohydrates, I’m starving!” Whatever your thing is, whether it’s potato chips or whether it’s candy or cookies or sweet tarts, your body goes into that phase. You are not designed to have strong cravings of any sort. It’s not a problem you just need to make some improvements. Now there’s a difference between if you like your carbohydrates. That different than craving it. I’ve been there I know how it feels. So three reasons why you’re having these cravings.
- You probably skipped breakfast altogether or the breakfast that you had focused on carbohydrates with very little protein. There is a huge correlation between protein paired with carbohydrates at breakfast and your blood sugar throughout the day. Make sure that you’re getting at least 18 grams of high quality protein paired with some some healthy carbohydrates at breakfast. Most of the time, 90% of the time that resolves it for my clients.
- You probably are going too long in between meals. When you don’t eat every 3 to 4 hours your blood sugar drops out and you’re back into that same situation where your body is needs the sustenance otherwise you’re going to die. Give me some carbohydrates! I know that mantra very well. My body screams at me from time to time so it’s not that you need to eat every 3 hours, but if you are active you do need to be eating a meal or a snack every 4 hours at max. The more you go over 4 hours the more you get into dangerous territory. I eat every 3 hours. The more active you are you have to eat every 2.5 to 3 hours. If you’re moderately active you can go to about 4 hours. Don’t let it go beyond if it’s not time for a meal make sure that you’re getting a snack within that window and make sure that snack is a carbohydrate paired with a protein.
- Your work outs may be too intense. I see this all the time with my coaching clients. If you are engaging in work outs that are really intense really high heart rate something that would be like a CrossFit work out or something that would be like a HiiT (high intensity interval training) work out. If you are doing those on a regular basis, another great example is spin classes I think there’s a lot of women who are doing things classes if you’ve got these really how intense workouts, they can be great, but you have to make sure that you’re taking in carbohydrate after this work out paired with a little bit of protein because what happens is your body just goes into a different metabolic state and you end up craving carbohydrates at other times in that day. So maybe your spin class was last night, but today at lunch is when you’re having your carbohydrate cravings. Cravings, in general, regardless of when they happen are in indication that something in your system is off.
Those are the three places that you want to start. Start with breakfast because it usually fixes that almost every single time. I’ve been doing this for a long time so I hope this helps you. Carbohydrates are awesome, but you don’t want to be in a place where you’re craving them. I would love to hear from you please leave your thoughts and comments.