Want to have more energy, sleep better, and improve your libido? Try a low-carb diet!
Eating a high-carb diet can lead to fatigue, brain fog, decreased focus, and poor body esteem (1).
Often, after eating a large pizza or downing a box of cookies, you don't feel your best. Feeling sluggish, hazy, and tired every day does not leave room for your libido which will wreak havoc on your sex life.
Try changing your diet by lowering your carb intake.
On a low carb diet, you limit your calories from carb containing foods to less than 30%. Some diets, like the ketogenic diet, restrict carbs to as low as 5–10% of calories. Cutting carbs can do wonders for your mental clarity, body esteem, and libido/sex life. Here's how:
A Low Carb Diet Helps You Lose Weight
Cutting high-carb, low-nutrient foods from your diet will help you lower your calorie intake overall and facilitate weight loss.
By swapping chips for a handful of nuts, you are getting more vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and cutting calories simultaneously—win-win!
If weight loss is your goal, going low-carb can kickstart your journey and almost instantly increase your body esteem. Body esteem is like self-esteem: it is how you view and respect your body (2). If you are unhappy with your body and lifestyle, try going low carb to kickstart your weight loss journey and regain body esteem. Body esteem is a major factor in the mental-state side of the libido (3).
Fats Boost Your Sex Hormones
Dietary fats are essential; you need fat for your skin, hair, and hormone production, among other things.
A low-carb diet is rich in good quality fats like salmon, olive oil, and nut butters that help balance and boost your sex hormones. And there's no sex life if there are no sex hormones to fuel it.
A low-carb diet can also increase the absorption of other vitamins like vitamin D, which plays a direct role in our libido (4).
Block the Effects of Stress
Stress and sex don't usually go together. With daily demands of work, commuting, finances, and the environment building daily, our stress levels are higher than ever. A low-carb, high-fat diet may actually protect our bodies from the harmful effects of stress.
Inflammation is the body's response to stress, and research suggests a low-carb diet may change or stop the body's inflammatory response (5). With the stress response decreased, low-carb dieters often report having a higher libido—even after a stressful day at the office.
Couples who live a low-carb diet together have told us here at niKETO that their revved up sex life was a wonderful surprise that cemented their decision to go low-carb.
High-carb foods tend to give a spurt of energy followed by the dreaded 3:00 p.m. crash and burn. That granola bar did the trick an hour ago, but now you're reaching for your third cup of coffee for the day.
Now take that same concept of the uneven energy throughout the day, leaving you struggling, and put in terms of your sex life. Starting to make sense?
A meal high in good-quality fats, protein, and greens will keep you full and alert much longer than a bowl of pasta, leaving you with more energy for the things and people you enjoy (6, 7).
By making changes to your diet, you can reap the benefits of a low-carb lifestyle. Your libido will thank you.
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(4) Barassi, A., Pezzilli, R., Colpi, G. M., Corsi Romanelli, M. M., & Melzi d’Eril, G. V. (2014). Vitamin d and erectile dysfunction. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(11), 2792–2800. https://doi.org/10.1111/jsm.12661.
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(6) Rizi, E. P., Loh, T. P., Baig, S., Chhay, V., Huang, S., Quek, J. C., … Khoo, C. M. (2018). A high carbohydrate, but not fat or protein meal attenuates postprandial ghrelin, PYY and GLP-1 responses in Chinese men. PLOS ONE, 13(1), e0191609. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191609.
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