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7 Amazing Things Would Happen If You Eat Less Carbohydrates

7 Amazing Things Would Happen If You Eat Less Carbohydrates

Are you thinking about going on a low carbohydrate diet — but are still not quite ready to take the plunge?  Giving up the breads and pastas isn’t easy!  But to give yourself some extra motivation, read on to find out the amazing things that will happen to your body when you lower your intake of carbohydrates.

1. You’ll Lose Weight

One of the things that you’ll notice first when you go low carb is that you start to drop weight pretty quickly.  This is because when your body is not able to use carbohydrates for energy, it will start to burn fat instead.  Studies have shown that people who follow low carb diets tend to lose two to three times the weight as those who go low fat — and also tend to keep that weight off, too.

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2. You’ll Stabilize Your Blood Sugar

If you are diabetic, you know exactly how hard it can be to keep those blood sugars in check.  Eating a lot of carbs can make the problem worse, because these break down fairly quickly in the body and cause blood sugars to spike. A low carb diet, on the other hand, can stabilize blood sugars and lead to a decrease in insulin resistance, both of which are great if you are struggling to manage your diabetes.

3. You’ll Shrink Your Belly Fat

When you go on a low carb diet, it’s not just any weight you’ll be losing — you’ll be shrinking belly fat!  Also called visceral fat, the pounds you pack onto your waistline aren’t just frustrating and unsightly, they also put you at a greater risk for diabetes and heart disease. The good news? Research has shown that those who follow a low carb diet lose a greater percentage of their weight from their abdominal area.

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4. You’ll Curb Your Appetite Naturally

Anyone who’s ever tried to lose weight knows that hunger is one of the main reasons people cheat on their diets! However, foods that are low in carbohydrates and high in protein and/or fiber will take longer to digest and will help decrease the appetite without having to use diet pills or suppressants to do it. Studies have found that those who follow a low carb diet report far less hunger than those on a low fat regimen.

5. You’ll Cut Your Cholesterol Level

High cholesterol is a problem for many Americans, which explains why Lipitor and other statin drugs are so widely used. This condition puts people at a greater risk for heart attacks and strokes, but a low carb diet can help. This is because scientists have discovered that it is not a high-fat diet that causes cholesterol, but a diet high in simple carbohydrates like fructose.

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6. You’ll Also Lower Your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure– also called hypertension – is common problem in America — and a low carb diet has been proven to help. Partly this is because of the weight loss which low carb diets help with, but also because eating fewer carbs decreases insulin levels and this in turn allows the kidneys to release more excess water from the body. Getting rid of extra water weight can help to lower blood pressure.

7. You’ll Decrease Your Risk of Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition many Americans suffer from. It comes from a combination of a large waistline as well as elevated blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.  It is also a major risk factor for heart disease and other serious conditions.  But because, as mentioned above, a low carb diet can help with all four of these symptoms, it is an excellent choice for those with metabolic syndrome.

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So, yes, looking the other way when you pass the doughnut shop and opting for a salad instead of a pile of pasta for lunch is a challenge!  However, these pretty amazing things can happen to your body when you make the commitment to go low-carb — and the benefits these changes bring can make the effort well worth your while.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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