For most diets you hear or research about, there's typically one common factor: limiting your intake on carbohydrates. Even more recent diets such as ketosis and Whole30 encourage their participants to reduce their consumption of carbs. Yet, doing exactly that is easier said than done, regardless of which diet you choose to follow. Carbs seem to be nearly everywhere, making it difficult to effectively limit them. But as it turns now, limiting them may not be the way to go after all.
As revealed by Men's Health, ditching or limiting carbs too much can make it harder to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals that your body needs. It can also affect your energy level, memory, and mood in a negative manner. In an overall sense, not consuming enough carbs on a regular basis can make it harder for your body to function.
Experts explained that when you don't consume enough carbs, your energy level could tank. Since carbs tend to be a go-to food source for many athletes as a way to improve their performance, that will most likely affect non-athletes, too. Your memory can also be hurt by reducing your intake too much. Finally, your mood can be negatively impacted because serotonin is released when you consume carbs. This chemical in your brain is known to improve a person's mood and increase their happiness. That, experts say, is a possible reason why those who practice low-carb diets tend to suffer from depression.
So, what's a good amount of carbs to consume? Most dietary guidelines explain that you need to at least consume between 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates. Start at 45 percent if you're actively trying to lose weight, and only lower it if find that you haven't lost weight one week later. The kind of carbs you consume also matters; complex carbs are a better choice than their simple counterparts. Excellent sources can include whole grains, produce, and even dairy (just to name a few).
So while consuming too many carbs is bad for losing weight, consuming not enough is just as tough on your body. Just remember that having some is OK and that cutting them completely out of your life is just not reasonable. Your bod—and your sanity—will surely thank you.