Carb Cravings On Keto
The keto diet is all about the carbs. Or rather, not doing carbs.
Your body is probably used to carbs from your whole lifetime of eating them without thinking.
Habits are real. Habits are powerful.
The body gets into habits too. If the body is used to the rush of carbs turning into glycogen, or blood sugar, then it will send your brain signals to GO FIND ME SOME CARBS!
There are also other factors in this primal urge to carb out. Your genetics play a big role.
Is It Your Fault?
My genetics are set up to crave carbs. So I have to be extra aware of what my body is trying to tell me.
Your genetics may not be so carb friendly. I know people who don’t even like sweets.
Yes, that’s right, they exist. I look at them like aliens. “You don’t even want that dessert?!” is my usual comment to them.
So if you have these carb cravings on keto, don’t be upset. It’s not your fault.
But it is your responsibility.
Two ways to deal with cravings.
- Redirect your attention.
- Feed it fat
Redirect your attention by:
- Drinking water. Sometimes, you aren’t hungry, you are thirsty.
Not always. This is not a magic fix. But it can’t hurt.
- Get busy. Do something. Get up and move around. Stretch.
When I say stretch, you don’t have to do any kind of official exercise. Just twist, lean over, raise your legs up and down, make up a modern dance. Just move. Swing your arms. Going for a walk is a great way to postpone the urge.
Just change the circumstances. Do something different than what you are doing.
Second tip: Feed it fat.
If you look up ‘Fat Bomb’ recipes you will see thousands of choices. It might be a good idea to have a few made and ready in the fridge.
The fat should satisfy the cravings. And fat won’t raise your blood sugar or make your insulin spike.
An avocado also works great as a natural fat bomb.
Carb cravings on keto are natural, especially at first. Don’t get mad at yourself. It’s a totally natural thing to experience. Just relax, try these tips, and Keto On!
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