Not all carbs are the same and not all of them are responsible for sending you on a roller coaster ride of carb cravings.
Take whole, real food carbs for instance. Whole, real foods, like fruits, vegetables, and starchy foods like potatoes, peas, and squash are good carbs that nutrients and fiber your body needs to thrive.
Bad carbs come from foods where vitamins, minerals, and fiber have been removed. These are called refined or simple carbs, and are found in processed foods. Refined and simple carbs are the carbs that send our bodies on a roller coaster ride of cravings.
Refined carbs, primarily sugar and white flour, are digested quickly, leading to a rapid spike in blood sugar. When our blood sugar drops, the cravings return, leaving us feeling like we’re going to “cave in” if we don’t eat.
Sadly, refined carbs are a large part of total carbohydrate intake and can drive overeating and increase the likelihood of becoming obese.
Fortunately, you can put an end to carb cravings. If you’re not actively trying to lose weight, there are plenty of nutritious whole-food carb foods to eat, like quinoa, organic oats, apples, oranges, bananas, and sweet potatoes.
If you’re wanting to shed a few pounds, then a great way to put an end to carb cravings is to adopt a ketogenic-type lifestyle. You’ll teach your body to burn fat for energy instead of carbs, naturally reducing the number of calories you take in during the day, and bringing the carb-craving roller coaster to a complete stop.