Post # 1
Hi all, so DH and I have been mostly doing a p90x diet this week, i.e. high protein, less carbs. I LOVE CARBS. If I could live on bread, pasta and cheese, I totally would. Unfortunately I can’t because a) I’d look (and feel) like a balloon full of lumpy cement, and b) I have belly issues which means I have to limit my intake of wheat, which I can normally do just fine. I still eat bread, pasta, cereal etc, just not as much as I probably would without the belly issues (and it’s often gluten free versions). This morning I woke up and had intended to have a protein shake but I just needed carbs, so I had toast. It’s fine, toast isn’t bad for you, I’m not beating myself up over it, etc.
I’m not into making life harder than necessary for myself and I’m a believer in your body telling you what it needs (I felt pretty good after that toast). So my question is for other carb lovers who have attempted to limit their intake in favour of higher protein – did you get cravings? Did you give in to them or were you stronger than me and if so, did the cravings go away at some point?
Post # 3
I have no scientific backing for this, and it may just be a general lack of willpower. But I cannot get through the day without some sort of “bready” carb early on or if my stomach is upset for some reason. It can be as simple as oatmeal or whole wheat toast, but I need that kind of carb rather than just the carbs you get from other foods. If I don’t have those, it throws my whole body out of whack.
In order to still eat healthy, I pair such complex carbs with protein and good fats (think milk in the oatmeal, peanut butter on the toast, avocado on a sandwich, etc.)
I know there are a lot of low carb diets out there, but they really don’t work for every body type. You may have to make adjustments to suit yourself, otherwise you won’t have the energy to get through the day. Carbs are still good but they’ve gotten a very bad rap because of all our sugars and refined carbs within fast food and packaged food culture.
Post # 4
Oh I don’t think I could ever get rid of carbs! I just try to stick to whole wheat options instead of white so I get more fiber.
Post # 5
I doubt a piece of toast will kill you. 🙂 I honestly think the big difference is between good carbs like whole wheat toast, oatmeal and fruits and bad carbs like fast food and chocolate cake. I could not possibly eliminate carbs or I’d be too tired.
Post # 6
I love carbs. But more than that, my body NEEDS carbs to be happy and work properly. If I don’t eat carbs in the morning I get dizzy and have a headache. Like Lilyfaith said, every person’s body is different and not everyone can sustain a low carb diet. In fact, the average person should make there diet 50% carbs. Carbs have a bad rap because American’s like the refined white bread crap.
While I still make carbs a main part of my diet, I’m careful about how much and what type I am eating. No refined stuff, just whole wheat (sucks you have belly problems with it though 🙁 ). My favorite breakfast is 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal with 1 cup skim milk.. It fills me up and gives me lots of energy for the day 🙂
So no, I don’t think the carb cravings ever go away. Your body is telling you it wants carbs to make it run properly.
Post # 7
I’ve had to severely limit my carb intake (not for fitness, I have celiac disease and can’t eat wheat) and I can say from experience that the cravings WILL end. I stopped eating wheat 4 years ago, and at first it was really hard, but after 6 months or so it got a lot better. And by the sound of it you’re not completely cut off – just limiting. You’ll can do it 🙂
Post # 8
I did a low carb diet. I lasted about 3 weeks. The first few days were the hardest and i realized I eat way to many carbs! I had no idea what to eat. I felt tired and had no energy. By day four though I had figured out some things to eat and I felt really good. My constant bloating went away, I lost 5 lbs. and I my digestive system was moving, if you know what I mean. Then I got really stressed and had a carb fest and haven’t stopped. In a 2 week period I am back to being bloated and gained weight back. I will do this again but it’s really hard. I say allow some cheats. I could live on bread and pasta alone too but when I cut them out I realized that was all I was eating and that’s not healthy either.
Post # 9
Also, remember that veggies and fruit have a lot of carbs too, without the bloat and yuckiness more starchy carbs give you.
Post # 10
I’m doing the p90x thing too….The hardest opart is the no bread/carbs/sugar. I am a sweets fanatic. However, I cheated and had a bun w/ my turkey burger and felt so guilty! and bloated for the rest of the night…..
It gets better! I usually save my “carb” allowance for he part of the day when I really need it – usually mid afternoon.
Post # 11
Ugh. I just recently found out that I have a thyroid disorder and I need to get rid of all white starchy foods and most carbs. My favorite thing to eat is Italian, if that gives you any idea of how hard this is for me. 6 months for cravings to go away???!!! Well, I have to do it!
I totally understand carb cravings!
Post # 12
Carbs are good for you. Just make them healthy- whole wheat bread with high fiber. Those are good calories. Sorry, but they are!
Post # 13
Hmmm I was thinking if it would take a week or 2 for the carb cravings to go away then I could manage. But I can’t last 6 months, so I think I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing! I only eat wholewheat versions most of the time and I agree with everyone who says your body will tell you what you need. I can’t be the only one who secretly wishes they were the kind of person who craved fruit and vegetables like my sister…
Post # 14
I definitely will never live a life without carbs. Not only do I love the taste of carbs, your body needs them to function. My husband has diabetes and even HE needs carbs–just in a particular amount and the right kinds. I think that carbs have such a bad reputation because they make you think of piles of pasta and white bread. As long as you’re eating healthy carbs–whole grains, brown rice, steel cut oatmeal–in moderation, you’re fine. I mean, I work out 2 hours a day and there’s no way I could do that without giving my body some fuel.
@babyboo, I just had the same breakfast as you–1/2 cup of oatmeal with 1 cup of skim milk (although I sprinkle a little cinnamon and brown sugar, too)
Post # 15
I cut way back on carbs. Didn’t cut them out, just cut back. I think that makes a difference – as soon as something’s OUT of my diet, I totally want it. Knowing that I can still have bread/pasta, just a little at a time, that helps.
I actually don’t crave carbs as much and when I do, I eat them in smaller amounts now. I used to eat TONS of carbs. Now I’m discovering how good protein and veggies can be and sometimes that sounds better than a carb-loaded snack.