Goodbye carbs, hello high fats!

Goodbye carbs, hello high fats!

Let’s talk about low carb living. There is a lot of negative attention surrounding low carb diets or high fat diets and the question really is – are they bad for you?

I am not a specialist, The views I express on this blog are my own and I believe that everyone should be able to choose what is best for them when it comes to diet or lifestyle. My personal view is that carbs, especially processed, ones are not good for me. Switching to low carb high fat I have never felt healthier.

The diet that I follow is called the keto diet. The keto (short for ketogenic) diet works when your body produces ketones from broken down fats in the liver for energy, rather than relying on insulin to convert carbohydrates. The body enters a state of ketosis – in layman’s terms, just think of it as using fat rather than sugar for energy.

Keto has been around for some time because it has been widely used for the treatement and management of epilepsy amongst other things, but it has started gaining mainstream attention over the past few years. The keto diet is not too dissimilar to the Atkins or Dukan diet, as it follows a principle of minimal carbs.

Keto diets have come to emphasise the type of fats you use to replace carbs. On the keto plan, your diet is rich with healthy high fat foods, such as meat, fish, some dairy and avocados, whilst avoiding breads, pasta and rice as well as most fruit. Basically I eat all natural food such as fish, meat, vegetables, dairy, and some fruits (avocado, tomatoes, berries).

When you first go low carb I won’t lie to you – some of the side effects are not pleasant but once you make it through the first few days it becomes much easier. If you are like me you can experience headaches, lethargy, being thirsty a lot etc. However once you are through this phase the hunger passes and ketosis arrives.

So what do you need to do to follow a low carb high fat diet? Aim for a 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% carbohydrate ratio in your diet.

  • Eat: Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats (like butter).
  • Avoid: Sugar and starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans and potatoes).
  • Eat when you’re hungry, until you’re satisfied. It’s that simple. You do not need to count calories or weigh your food. And just forget about industrially produced low-fat products – fat is good!

Through this blog and my social media profiles I will share recipes that help support the low carb way of living so stay tuned!

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