Low-Carb Diets & Exercises

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The human body utilizes carbohydrates as its main source of energy, so exercising on a low-carbohydrate diet can cause fatigue or low desire to exercise. Discover the differences between good and bad carbohydrates with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on low-carb diets.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a Registered, Licensed Dietitian here in Tampa Bay, Florida. If you're following a low carbohydrate diet and trying to do an exercise regimen, keep in mind there can be some side effects. Our body utilizes carbohydrates as its number one choice of energy. So, when you're restricting the amount of carbohydrates in your diet, you may actually end up experiencing more fatigued or low desire to actually exercise in general. You may also have that grumpy feeling or agitated because our brain wants those carbohydrates, yet we're restricting them. Keep in mind there are differences when choosing carbohydrates. There's good carbohydrates and not as good carbohydrates. Choosing things high in fiber are a better choice than a small simple sugars and things that are more processed. Consider whole grain crackers or whole grain breads compared to white bread or something, again, simple carbohydrate. The fiber in our diet helps to keep us fuller and actually can help us moderate our calorie intake because we're less likely to crave those sugary sweets snacks. Also remember when you're looking for higher energy sources during your workouts, good, good sources of carbohydrate replenish that energy fairly quickly. A really good example is actually low fat milk. Low fat milk has protein, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals that are a great energy resource to replenish those for after you exercise. So, for more information on low carbohydrate diets and weight loss diets in general, check out eathappy.info. I'm Charlotte and eat happy.


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