(Closed) Do the carb cravings ever stop??

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I doubt a piece of toast will kill you.  ๐Ÿ™‚  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
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Buzzing bee

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 ๐Ÿ™ ). 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Buzzing bee

Also, remember that veggies and fruit have a lot of carbs too, without the bloat and yuckiness more starchy carbs give you.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Carbs are good for you.  Just make them healthy- whole wheat bread with high fiber.  Those are good calories.  Sorry, but they are!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.

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