Forget pasta, and opt for a no-carbs, protein-rich diet of veggies, fruit, and beans. It keeps you feeling full longer and decreases water retention and bloating. It also prevents the blood sugar levels from going on a roller coaster ride, caused by carbs. Proteins and fats are easier to digest, and provide a lot more energy, rather than the after-meal tiredness heavy carbs bring along.
On a typical day, I avoid complex carbs such as pasta and bread as I find them heavy and very hard to digest.
This is not to mention that I try to avoid as much as possible any wheat-related products for so many different reasons.
Occasionally, I consume rice and potato to have an intake of carbohydrates along with some seasonal fruits.
Then, I decided to go on a no-carbs challenge mainly to remove most complex carbs from my diet and see what the result of that would be.
My No-Carbs Challenge Results
I am a healthy person most of the time. I really care for the quality of the ingredients and the food I digest, and I pay very close attention to the signs my body gives me after I consume a certain food. You can say that I eat mindfully.
So this is what happened after I stopped eating carbohydrates for 15 days (fruits, peas, and beans were included in the diet):
1. My Cravings Stopped
I stopped having sweet cravings after lunch or at any time of the day. Carbohydrates increase your blood sugar levels, which then crash back down again. This creates a roller coaster of cravings of sugar to balance things out.
2. I Felt Less Hungry
No carbohydrates meant more consumption of protein, vegetables, and healthy fats, which kept me full for longer periods of times.
3. I Could Stick To My Meal Plans
Feeling full for hours helped me stick to my meal plans and not feel the need to have an extra serving for lunch or dinner.
4. I Lost Water Retention Weight
My body has a tendency to store a lot of water, which makes me feel bulky. When I stopped eating carbs, I lost a lot of that water weight, and I was able to keep it off.
Do not mistake this for losing fat, but it does make your skin look smoother, and you will feel much lighter.
5. I Felt Less Bloated
Bloating is the result of a difficulty to digest certain foods. Having taken the no-carbs challenge, although I was eating more vegetables, beans, lentils, and seeds, I felt the bloating subside gradually every day.
6. I Had More Energy And Endurance
I was consuming more proteins and getting my energy from fat, without feeling the typical tiredness one gets from consuming a meal high in carbohydrates, along with the need to nap after a meal.
Nutrients should give us energy and not the other way around.
Have you been on a no carbs challenge?