Cut down on carbs? It may sound like the most unappealing reduction to your diet, but the toll carbs take on your body could cause you to reconsider. Limiting how many carbs are in your daily absorption of food can be a daunting task – when you reach for one cookie, it ends up being five. No one wants to pay attention to portions when stuffing their face with delicious mac and cheese, right? But when you take a look at the number of health benefits that come with cutting back on carbs, you may think again. After all, once you start, you may eventually fall into a routine of managing carb intake and train yourself to reach for fruit instead of chips and carrot sticks instead of bread sticks. So what are the health benefits, you ask? Here are a few reasons why you should consider altering your diet.
Burn more fat
According to TIME, limiting how many carbs you devour daily can reduce your calorie levels dramatically.This forces your body to get energy from burning fat contained in your midsection instead of receiving it through the sugars you get from carbohydrates.
Reduce your appetite
Chomping down on fewer carbs allows for more room to consume protein, which in turn helps keep you full longer and lowers the number of calories you eat. Hunger can be a hard thing to fight when dieting, so knowing this can be a huge factor when switching up your eating habits. Reduced appetite on fewer calories? Yes, please!
Authority Nutrition suggested consuming fewer carbs because your triglycerides will go down, which reduces your risk of heart disease. Fructose tends to be a huge component in high levels of fat molecules, so narrowing your carb intake is certainly a healthy move, as it allows you to avoid high blood pressure.
Lower blood sugar and insulin levels
For the people who often have trouble keeping their insulin and blood sugar at a low level, diminishing carbs can be a vital option. Authority Nutrition recommended lessening your carb intake for this exact reason – to avoid type 2 diabetes. When you cut back on carbohydrates, you also put yourself at a lower risk for insulin resistance – when your body ignores insulin, which makes it difficult to bring blood sugar into your cells – which some people struggle with in their daily lives.
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