According to addiction therapist Matthew Bruhin, CEO of Apex Recovery, when you give up carbs, you go through a period of getting headaches, feeling listless and even peeing more as your body gets rid of all the excess glucose and sodium it’s been stockpiling. The best way to combat this, he says, is exercise, as it will automatically elevate your levels of serotonin and endorphins, so you feel less depressed. Of course, if you’re giving up carbs so you don’t have to exercise, this is extremely bad news all round.
Squeezing Out Fat
Giving up fat is a bad idea in the first place, and one based on obsolete science: It was the anti-fat crusade of the 1980s and 1990s, where people subsequently binged on carbs, that caused the massive spike in obesity. You need fat: It’s extremely important for brain health and hormone regulation. So don’t think about fats in general, think about “good fats” and “bad fats.” Make a resolution to get rid of the bad fats—red meats, dairy and fast food—and stick to good fats from grub like nuts, fish, avocados and olive oil. You’ll be on a winner.
You shouldn’t feel too bad for struggling to give up caffeine—this is a substance that Bruhin quotes as “being more stimulating than cocaine when it’s in its purest form.” It’s a surprisingly hardcore drug, so he recommends taking at least a week or so to gradually wean yourself off it: Cut back to just one coffee per day to start with and go from there. Maybe try green tea instead—it might taste like hot toilet water, but it’s really good for you. Like, honest.