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I Went 100 Percent Refined Carb-Free for a Month: Here’s What Happened

Reader's Digest Logo By Aubrey Almanza of Reader's Digest | Slide 3 of 9: I feel so badly for anyone that interacted with me on my first week without carbs! I was unnecessarily irritable and took "hangry" to never-before-seen levels. However, these mood swings aren't uncommon when cutting carbs. According to Judith Wurtman, director of the Women's Health Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies show "a connection between a diet low in carbohydrates and low levels of serotonin—a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness and satisfaction." Wurtman's research demonstrates that a no-carb diet "leads to pronounced feelings of depression and sadness, even rage." I can attest I felt all of these draining emotions quite acutely.

Extreme moodiness

I feel so badly for anyone that interacted with me on my first week without carbs! I was unnecessarily irritable and took "hangry" to never-before-seen levels. However, these mood swings aren't uncommon when cutting carbs. According to Judith Wurtman, director of the Women's Health Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studies show "a connection between a diet low in carbohydrates and low levels of serotonin—a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of happiness and satisfaction." Wurtman's research demonstrates that a no-carb diet "leads to pronounced feelings of depression and sadness, even rage." I can attest I felt all of these draining emotions quite acutely.

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