When we’re stressed out, we initially start to lose our appetite. However, if the stress is prolonged, our adrenal glands start releasing cortisol. Cortisol helps increase our appetite and can cause us to start eating more. Once the stressful event is over, then the production of cortisol stops.
But due to the pandemic, a lot of people still remain stressed out. This causes their cortisol levels to remain elevated, which triggers stress eating3. When combined with our brain’s predisposition to carbohydrate-rich foods, this can cause us to have carb cravings.
Aside from this, we also look to food for comfort. If we’re constantly stressed out, then it’s possible that eating carb-rich foods helps us cope with stress. Though, it can have a detrimental impact on our health.
What happens when you eat too many carbs?
It’s generally fine to have sweet foods every so often. Having a snack to reward yourself, or eating your favorite foods is a very enjoyable experience. However, it starts to become a problem when you start eating these foods regularly.
Giving in to your carb cravings all the time can cause you to gain excess weight. If this remains uncontrolled, a person can develop obesity. Obesity is a known risk factor for other diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other cardiovascular problems4.
This is why it’s important to deal with carb cravings before it starts to become a more serious concern.
What can you do about it?
Here are some tips to help you better deal with carb cravings: