Do You Need More Carbs In Your Diet?

Selection of carb-heavy foods including bread, rice, pears, bananas, pastas, and grains - Kaizen Naturals

Kelsey Schaefer |

Have you been feeling tired or irritable? Suffering from headaches or lack of motivation? When your intake of carbohydrates drops below a healthy level, the body gives you many warning signs. Not all of these signals are obvious, however, so I’m going to clear up some misinformation about carbs and help you feel confident about your nutritional choices.

If you don’t track your macros, I'd encourage you to experiment with it a little for this! Try using an app starting today, like MyFitnessPal, to become aware of how many proteins, carbs, and fats you eat regularly. Your carbohydrate calories should range between 45-65% of your daily total, or roughly a third of your plate at each meal. Less than this and you won’t get enough fiber to keep your digestive system functioning optimally.

If you are snapping at your co-workers or kids, it’s possibly because your body is not able to product enough serotonin to keep your mood level and balanced. And remember, carbs are fuel for your brain, so it will make every aspect of your day easier and more manageable if your diet is on point. You will not be your best self if you feel foggy and exhausted.

Other surprisingly side effects of not eating carbs:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dehydration
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Bad breath
  • Sugar cravings
  • Bloating
  • Feeling cold
  • Weight loss plateau

Remember: carbs are fuel and are never the enemy! Incorporating healthy whole-food sources like grains (oatmeal or wild rice), legumes (lentils), fruits and vegetables (including sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash) will help you achieve your fitness goals. You will have more energy for your muscle-building training and will continue to lose fat by consuming more satisfying, healthy meals rather. Win-win!

I also have a ton of great recipes available for FREE on my website!

Coach Julie Germaine is an NFLA-certified fitness expert and prenatal trainer, and an NASM-certified nutrition specialist. She is also a fit mom to an active toddler and a 2x world-class fitness champion who has been featured in and contributed to numerous fitness, fashion, and lifestyle magazines and other media. She has loved helping men and women lose belly fat and maintain their incredible body transformations as a virtual coach since 2005.