Do you crave carbohydrates? Whole grain breads and cereals are thought to aid in making us feel calm and happy because they help speed tryptophan, an amino acid, to the brain. Tryptophan increases the levels of serotonin, that magical chemical that makes us feel good.
That's why every time you go on a diet, you turn into a snarling monster. While several diets extol the virtues of a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet, most nutritionists believe that whole grains and cereals should make up a good portion of our daily meals.
So if you're feeling low, try a diet that is moderate in whole grain breads and cereals. Just avoid the high fat and sugar- and you'll feel better without putting on pounds.
Note From Trainer: Please understand that each meal that you consume must be one that is well-balanced. Many get into eating regimens that contain more protein or low carb and very little veggies. The best advice I can give you is that each meal SHOULD be a well-balanced one. A protein, a carb, and a fruit/veggie. It doesn't get any simpler than that. So give it a try...you will not be sorry! Your mind and your body will be thankful at the end of the day, but most importantly your mind and your body will perform for you and help you to stay on track!
Ryan, M.J. Instant Health and Happiness Boosters. Pg. 185.