Several doctors who have studied the effects of a low carb diet on the body have recommended that if you consume less than sixty grams of carbs a day, you need to increase your sodium intake by two to three grams (that’s a lot when you’re talking about salt!). So when you feel that craving for salty foods coming on, don’t ignore it! Try to satisfy the craving by consuming salt in a healthy and natural way (many of the recipes below will help you!). If the craving persists, visit your doctor and see what they have to say about your salty craving in conjunction with your low carb diet.
When you begin a low carb diet you may instantly be hit with a whole bunch of cravings. You want something salty, you want something sweet, you want something warm and hearty…there are so many things you body and mind may be screaming for! These cravings are perfectly natural and happen to almost everyone who has ever started a diet. The reasoning is simple, you just limited or completely cut out something that your body was used to having. Now, it is all your body wants! It needs! Whatever you focus on in your diet is going to be exactly what you crave.
We all know fat is more filling than carbs, but every now and then you get a hankering for something to snack on and you NEED some low carb snacks. Whether it’s salty, sweet or frosty, we all need a moment to enjoy something in between meals. Being on a diet shouldn’t mean all snacks are thrown out the window, being on a diet means learning what your body needs and how to best provide for it. If your body is craving something salty, there are ways of indulging without setting yourself back. There are ways of eating even brownies and cakes that won’t undo all your progress.
Another thing to mention is that when you start eating low carb, your liver no longer holds on to excess sodium as it use to. Instead, it flushes the sodium out frequently. If you have a high carb diet, this encourages your liver to retain salt but when you have a lower carb intake, your body naturally excretes the salt. This is called the “natriuresis of fasting’ and is something that hunter-gatherer cultures have seemed to evolve to compensate for. These cultures where processed foods are nonexistent and diets are naturally low in carbs have a high sodium intake. You should take a page from the books of these ancient cultures and abide by your bodies need for salt!
Just as with a salt craving, a sugar craving is one that won’t go away unless it is satisfied. If you try to ignore your desire for something sweet then the pressure to eat sweet foods will only grown stronger. It is not a bad thing to “give in” to cravings and, in fact, it can be unhealthy not to. If you keep avoiding sweets then you will keep thinking about sweets and wanting them badly. However, even if you wanted to just have a small something sweet to help you through the say, what would you be able to eat on a low carb diet?
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