Fat, one of the 3 macronutrients (the others being protein and carbohydrates) are an essential…
Low carb diets mean eating fewer carbohydrates. A successful low carb family diet also importantly requires eating a higher proportion of fats, from healthy natural sources. Low carb diets are also called; high fat diet, ketogenic, keto, atkins, LCHF.
Low carb diet basics:
Low carb diets simply mean eating fewer carbohydrates, easily done when you begin to avoid highly processed and sugary foods.
A typical low carb meal would mainly be made up of vegetables (think greens, brocolli, sprouts and cauliflower), served with protein (meat, fish, eggs) and natural fats (e.g. pumpkin seeds, nut butters, olives, coconut or avocado oil).
Foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as sugary and highly refined foods, pasta and breads, are avoided.
Low carbohydrate diets are not about going hungry, restricting your meal portions, counting calories or weighing your food. In fact following a low carbohydrate way of eating can be very liberating in stark contrast to many diets. Studies also indicate that low-carb diets can lead to sustained weight loss and improved health markers.
Key Low Carb Foods
Meats, oily fish, eggs, vegetables, salad items, fruits and natural oils and fats.
Foods to avoid:
- High sugar foods; confectionary, cakes, biscuits, cereals, yoghurts, jams, sweets, corn-sugar-syrup.
- Refined carbohydrates; pasta, breads, crackers, noodles, crackers.
- Starchy foods that convert to sugars quickly in the bloodstream; potatoes, rice, corn, beans, lentils.
By avoiding meals and snacks high in added and hidden sugars your diet will naturally become lower in carbohydrates. Start your low or moderate carbohydrate family lifestyle off by following our FREE Sugar-free Family eCourse.