Hey there! I've been on a no-carbs diet during this whole week, and although I am happy with the weight loss, I am feeling VERY depressed. There are no extra factors that can provoke this. I looked for info on google and it seems that a restriction on carbs can lead to depressive states.
Now, I don't want to be cranky and crying every day of my life so I thought if I tried eating a bit of carbs (like whole-grain pasta and bread, for instance), it won't be so bad and I will still be able to lose weight.
There is no reason to cut carbs from a diet. Calories make you gain weight , not any specific source.
Eating no carbs means you're consuming an unhealthy amount of fats and proteins. (Very high protein intake is hard on the kidneys.)
When you deplete your glycogen stores, you also lose the water that is stored with it. Weight loss for this reason is generally in the 3-5 lbs range. You have not lost real weight.
Depression can be a result of low blood sugar.
Return carbs to your diet (at least 40% of calories) and focus on complex carbs.
Carbs have been demonized for the sake of selling diet plans and books.
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift."
When you say "No carb" do you mean NO carbs (i.e., no fruits and veggies) or do you mean no refined carbs (pasta, wheat, bread, etc.).
If you've been on NO carbs at all, then I'd start shoveling some good veggies into your mouth Carbs aren't the enemy, though a few people on these boards have successfully maintained low-carb diets with a good selection of fruits and veggies with less refined carbs into the mix. It seems to work for them, and I wouldn't say a low-carb diet is wrong. I think the types and amounts of carbs you choose are important.
Female, 31 years old, 5'4 1/2" tall
Starting weight 1/4/11 = 215.2 lbs.
Weight 8/27/14 = 180.4 (net: -34.8)
Current mini-goal: 180 lbs.
Next large goal: 165 lbs. by 12/25/2014
Lowest weight: 156.7 lbs.
150.2 lbs. <--- Official "Healthy BMI" weight
Estimated final goal: 130-140 lbs.
"You don't have to change your life today. You only need to change your day today."
Sorry guys, I meant no refined carbs (like bread and such), I did eat vegetables (like green beans and lettuce), but today, for instance, I had lentils for lunch and I feel so much better right now, full of energy and happy. I guess I can try to keep my diet low-carb but still keep eating some.
I'll jump on this band wagon. I agree carbs are not the enemy. Just try to eat get most of them from complex sources like whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try to keep your maco-nutrient balance of Carbs/Protein/Fat to apprx. 40/30/30 and keep your calories in check and you will lose weight and be healthy.
Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)