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Thursday, February 20, 2014

How Many Carbohydrates Are Too Many Carbohydrates??? Fruit, Rice,Sweet Potatoes,etc????

Great Post on Robb Wolf's site discussing women, carbohydrates, and our hormones. It is definitely worth a look if you are experiencing lost cycles, poor recovery, difficulty losing body fat, etc...

an exerpt:
"When you may need more:

  • If you are active, especially with a focus on frequent, high-intensity based workouts
  • If you start having trouble recovering from your workouts
  • If your thyroid is underactive, even with a clean diet and support from medications
  • If you have adrenal fatigue
  • If you start to lose your period or have irregular cycles (pre-menopause)
  • If you’ve been very low carb for an extended period of time
  • During pregnancy and while breastfeeding

When you may need less:
  • If you have a condition such as PCOS, fibroids or endometriosis
  • If you are dealing with small intestine bacterial or yeast overgrowth
  • If you are insulin resistant or have diabetes
  • If you have a neurodegenerative disease
  • If you have certain forms of cancer                                                               

The aticle ends with this summary:
"In summary:
  • Lower is not always better when it comes to carbohydrates for females.
  • Experimentation and individualizing your diet to your specific needs is key!
  • If you’re a female and you’ve been doing very low carb for an extended period of time, you may find benefit with the health of your thyroid, adrenals, liver, and ovaries by bumping them up a bit.
  • Carb cycling may be a great tool if you’re not ready for a daily increase in carbs.
  • Changes in your cycle may not be related to exercise intensity or body fatness per se, but to inadequate energy intake (including carbohydrates levels) to meet the demands of the exercise.
  • Sleep, toxins, stress levels (both physiologic and psychological), and the health of your thyroid (which can also be negatively affected by a lower carb approach), among a multitude of other factors also play a role in regulating your hormones, so make sure to work with a practitioner to get these things sorted out instead of covering the symptoms with medications and upping your carbohydrate intake alone."

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