🌾Carbohydrates can be considered addictive for several reasons. It's important to note that the term "addictive" in this context doesn’t imply the same level of addiction as substances like drugs or alcohol…. Or does it⁉️
🥯Carbohydrates can trigger certain behavioral and physiological responses that make them difficult to resist for most individuals.
5️⃣five reasons why you may be addicted to carbs:
🏎Dopamine release: Consuming carbohydrates can lead to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward in the brain. When you eat carbohydrates, especially those high in sugar or refined grains, dopamine is released, which creates a pleasurable sensation. This dopamine response can create a reinforcing loop that drives cravings and the desire to consume more carbohydrates.
🩸Blood sugar fluctuations: Carbohydrates, particularly simple sugars, can cause rapid spikes and subsequent drops in blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels drop, it can lead to feelings of fatigue, irritability, and cravings for more carbohydrates. This cycle of blood sugar fluctuations can create a dependence on carbohydrates to maintain energy and mood stability.
Emotional comfort: Many people associate carbohydrates, especially comfort foods like cookies, pasta, or bread, with feelings of comfort and emotional well-being. This association may stem from childhood experiences or cultural influences. When individuals experience stress, sadness, or other negative emotions, they may turn to carbohydrates as a form of self-soothing or emotional coping mechanism, reinforcing the desire for these foods.
🚭Habitual patterns: Consuming carbohydrates is often deeply ingrained in our daily routines and eating habits. Carbohydrate-rich foods are readily available and commonly consumed in many cultures. The familiarity and convenience of these foods can lead to habitual consumption, making it challenging to break free from carbohydrate cravings.
🍚Should you stop eating carbohydrates❓
NO…. 70% of our clients are on moderate or low carb plans. The key is teaching them exactly how to fuel for success and purge dependancies with accountability & systems designed for their success✅
Coach Seananogins ISSA, FMS, CanFit Pro, NP
President & CEO
Hogan Health & Fitness Inc.
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