Our expert says:
I hear what you are saying and agree that although you do need a diet that is very rich in carbs (very active individuals should ingest at least 60-65% of their energy from carbs to fuel their activity and replenish their glycogen stores), your carb intake may be excessive. There are two possible reasons for your carbohydrate cravings: a) The chemical in the brain called serotonin which among other functions, makes individuals feel more positive and uplifts the mood. If you have a deficiency of this chemical then your body turns to carbs to increase the levels in the brain. You could consult a psychiatrist about possible serotonin imbalances as there are certain medications which can restore the serotonin balance in the brain. b) You may suffer from a derangement of your blood glucose levels (hypoglycaemia or insulin resistance). To determine if these are factors you would need to have some tests done which your medical dr can arrange. If you should suffer from hypoglycaemia or insulin resistance then your diet needs to be low-GI and it is always advisable to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area) to help you work out a low-GI diet, which also provides sufficient readily available energy for your exercise needs. Your body stats are excellent, so that is not the problem.
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