Sometimes it feels like no one's eating carbs anymore. Between being gluten-free (for medical reasons or otherwise), Paleo, low-carb, ketogenic, and, I'm sure a million other diet and lifestyle options that emphasize eschewing the bread basket, well, it feels like carbs and society are on-the-outs. If a few too many endless breadsticks have you considering whether or not to cut back, you might be wondering about the things that happen to your body when you stop eating carbs.
First off, regardless of what your best friend's sister-in-law told you, it's really difficult to stop eating carbs altogether. According to Self, carbs are found in everything from fruits and vegetables to grains to dairy products. So, essentially, low-carb, not no-carb, is what we're dealing with in most cases.
Additionally, complex carbohydrates — the ones found in fruits and veggies, whole grains, and dairy — are very important fuel for your body. According to Greatist, you probably shouldn't cut carbs to the extreme unless told to do so by your healthcare provider. Carbs are your body's primary source of energy, which allows you to rock out a fitness class, digest your food, and otherwise function. Many people, however, claim they feel better once attempting to mindfully control their carbohydrate intake. If you think cutting back on carbs might be right for you, here's what you can expect might happen next.