LOW CARB

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

A low-carb diet aims to cut carbs to be­tween 50 to 70g per day, which is about one-third of what the av­er­age Aus­tralian usu­ally eats.

PROS

Most of us could ben­e­fit from cut­ting back on re­fined, pro­cessed carbs such as white bread, cakes, pas­tries and bis­cuits. Some peo­ple find they lose weight more eas­ily when they re­duce their over­all in­take of car­bo­hy­drates.

CONS

Lack of en­ergy Feel­ing tired is a com­mon gripe among those on a low-carb diet, and it can lead to eat­ing more be­tween meals and skip­ping ex­er­cise.

Di­ges­tive is­sues “Re­duc­ing the in­take of grains, which are a good source of fi­bre, can cause many peo­ple to be­come con­sti­pated, and some may also de­velop un­pleas­ant-smelling flat­u­lence,” says Aloysa Houri­gan from Nutri­tion Aus­tralia.

Drop in mood There’s a con­nec­tion be­tween carbs and mood. Peo­ple who are on a low-carb diet ex­pe­ri­ence more de­pres­sion, ten­sion, anx­i­ety and feel­ings of hos­til­ity, re­search by Flinders Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of South Aus­tralia shows.

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