A Low-Carb Diet for Beginners


A Low-Carb Diet for Beginners

Do you want effortless weight loss? Or type 2 diabetes reversal and other health benefits? Then a low-carb diet could be right for you.

You can eat all you need to feel satisfied – there’s no calorie counting required, ever. No products. No pills. No surgery. Just real food.

A low-carb diet restricts sugary foods, and starches like pasta or bread. Instead you’ll eat delicious real foods, including protein, natural fats and vegetables.

Low-carb diets just work, they’ve been used for over 150 years and there are tons of success stories. Dozens of scientific studies prove that compared to other diets, low carb is more effective.

This guide contains everything you need – what to eat, what to avoid, and exactly how to do it. Choose a topic or keep reading below.
 
 

 

 

Introduction

A low-carb diet means you eat fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat. This is often called a low-carb, high fat diet (LCHF).

Most importantly you minimize your intake of sugar and starches. You can eat other delicious foods until you are satisfied – and still lose weight.

Many high-quality scientific studies show that a low-carb diet makes it easier both to lose weight and to control your blood sugar. And that’s just the beginning.

The basics

  • 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).

Skaldeman's fish soup
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.

There are solid scientific reasons why low-carb diets works. When you avoid sugar and starches your blood sugar stabilizes and the levels of insulin, the fat-storing hormone, drop. This increases fat burning and makes you feel more satiated.

Is low carb right for you?

checklistMost people can start any kind of low-carb diet right away. But in these three situations you may need extra preparation or adaptation:

If you’re not in any of these groups, you’re ready to go. Great!




 

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What to Eat on a Low-Carb Diet

Here’s a quick visual guide to low carb. For details check out the links below. Let’s start with the foods you can eat all you like of, until you’re satisfied.

Low-carb diet foods: Natural fats (butter, olive oil); Meat; Fish and seafood; Eggs; Cheese; Vegetables that grow above ground

 
All the numbers are grams of digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces). Fiber is not counted, you can eat all the fiber you want.

All the foods above are below 5% carbs, as you can see. Sticking to these foods will make it relatively easy to stay on a strict low-carb diet, with less than 20 grams of carbs per day.

More detailed low-carb foods list

What to drink on low carb: water, coffee, tea, wine

So what do you drink on low carb? Water is perfect, and so is coffee or tea. Ideally use no sweeteners, and a modest amount of milk or cream if you like (beware of caffe latte!).

The occasional glass of wine is fine too (low-carb alcohol guide).

Avoid if you can

Here’s what you should not eat on low carb – foods full of sugar and starch:

Foods to avoid on low carb: bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, beer, soda, juice, candy

 
The numbers are grams of digestible carbs per 100 grams (3.5 ounces), unless otherwise noted.

More detailed list of foods to avoid

 

Visual low-carb guides

How low to go?

The less carbohydrate you eat the bigger the effects on weight and blood sugar will be. I recommend following the dietary advice as strict as you can. When you’re happy with your weight and health you may gradually try eating more liberally (if you want to).

Here are three examples of how a low-carb meal can look, depending on how many carbs you eat per day:

 
 
 

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Success Stories

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How Low-Carb Diets Works

What are you designed to eat?

Humans evolved over millions of years as hunter-gatherers, without eating large amounts of carbohydrates. We ate the food available to us in nature by hunting, fishing and gathering all the edible foods we could find. These foods did not include pure starch in the form of bread, pasta, rice or potatoes. We have only eaten these starchy foods for 5 – 10 000 years, since the development of agriculture. Only a limited adaptation of our genes takes place in such a relatively short time.

With the Industrial Revolution, 100 – 200 years ago, we got factories that could manufacture large amounts of pure sugar and white flour. Rapidly digested pure carbohydrates. We’ve hardly had time to genetically adapt to these processed foods.

In the 80s, the fear of fat gripped the western world. Low-fat products popped up everywhere. But if you eat less fat you need to eat more carbohydrates to feel satiated. And it’s at this time in history that our disastrous epidemics of obesity and diabetes started. The most fat-phobic country in the world, the USA, was hit the hardest and is now the world’s most obese country.

Today, it’s clear that the fear of real food with natural fat contents has been a big mistake.

The problem with sugar and starch

All digestible carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars in the intestines. The sugar is then absorbed into the blood, raising the blood glucose levels. This increases the production of the hormone insulin, our fat storing hormone.

Insulin

Insulin is produced in the pancreas. In large amounts it prevents fat burning and stores surplus nutrients in fat cells. After some time (a few hours or less) this may result in a perceived shortage of nutrients in the blood, creating feelings of hunger and cravings for something sweet. Usually at that point people eat again. This starts the process again: A vicious cycle leading to weight gain.

On the other hand, a low intake of carbs gives you a lower, more stable blood glucose, and lower amounts of insulin. This increases the release of fat from your fat stores and increases the fat burning. This usually leads to fat loss, especially around the belly in abdominally obese individuals.

Weight loss without hunger

An LCHF diet makes it easier for the body to use its fat reserves, as their release is no longer blocked by high insulin levels. This may be one reason why eating fat produces a feeling of longer-lasting satiety than carbohydrates. It’s been shown in a number of studies: When people eat all they want on a low carb diet caloric intake typically drops.

So, no counting or food weighing is necessary. You can forget about the calories and trust your feelings of hunger and satiety. Most people don’t need to count or weigh their food any more than they need to count their breathing. If you don´t believe it, just try for a couple of weeks and see for yourself.

Health as a bonus

No animals in nature need the assistance of nutritional expertise or calorie charts to eat. And still, as long as they eat the food they are designed to eat they stay at a normal weight and they avoid caries, diabetes and heart disease. Why would humans be an exception? Why would you be an exception?

In scientific studies not only is the weight improved on a low carb diet – the blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol profile (HDL, triglycerides) are also improved. A calm stomach and less cravings for sweet food are also common experiences.

Initial side effects

If you stop eating sugar and starch cold turkey (recommended) you may experience some side effects as your body adjusts. For most people these side effects tend to be mild and last a just few days. There are also ways to minimize them.

Common side effects in the first week:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irritability

The side effects rapidly subside as your body adapts and your fat burning increases. They can be minimized by drinking more fluids and by temporarily increasing your salt intake a bit. A good option is to drink some broth every few hours. Alternatively, drink a few extra glasses of water and put extra salt on your food.

The reason for this is that carbohydrate-rich foods may increase the water retention in your body. When you stop eating high-carb foods you’ll lose excess water through your kidneys. This can result in dehydration and a lack of salt during the first week, before the body has adapted.

Some people prefer to decrease their intake of carbohydrates slowly, over a few weeks, to minimize the side effects. But the “Nike way” (Just Do It) is probably the best choice for most people. Removing most sugar and starch often results in several pounds lost on the scale within a few days. It may be mostly fluids but it’s great for the motivation.

The most common problems on low carb


 
All low-carb side effects & how to cure them

The Food Revolution

This talk from 2016 summarizes the history and science behind the ongoing LCHF revolution.

More theory and practice

Here several of the world’s biggest experts on the subject explain the theory and practice of carb restriction:

Dr Westman’s Guide to LCHF 2/5: How to Become a Fat-Burning Machine4.7 out of 5 stars5 star82%4 star10%3 star2%2 star2%1 star1%106 ratings10611:30The 5 common mistakes on LCHF4.7 out of 5 stars5 star83%4 star10%3 star3%2 star1%1 star1%86 ratings8609:25

 How to Do an LCHF Diet – Dr. Eric Westman4.6 out of 5 stars5 star76%4 star13%3 star5%2 star2%1 star2%95 ratings951:00:45 LCHF for Obesity and Diabetes – Dr. Jay Wortman4.8 out of 5 stars5 star88%4 star6%3 star4%2 star0%1 star0%44 ratings441:03:45



 


 



 

Low-Carb Tips and Guides

Choose a topic below for a thorough low-carb guide on it.
 

 

Low-carb breakfast

Breakfast is a great time to eat low carb – think eggs & bacon with coffee. And there are many more great options. Below are a few of our most popular low-carb breakfast recipes.

No fan of eating breakfast? On low carb you may not feel hungry in the morning. If so it’s fine to skip breakfast – many people do.

Low-carb meals

There’s no end to the amazing food you could have for lunch and dinner on low carb. These are the currently most popular low-carb meal recipes:


Shopping list for beginners

Print this list and bring it to the grocery store:

  • Butter
  • Heavy cream (40% fat)
  • Sour cream (full fat)
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Meat (minced, steaks, stew pieces, fillets, etc.)
  • Fish (ideally fatty fish like salmon or mackerel)
  • Cheese (preferably high-fat)
  • Turkish yoghurt (10% fat)
  • Cabbage (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, etc.)
  • Other vegetables that grow above ground
  • Frozen vegetables (broccoli, wok vegetables, etc.)
  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts

Clean out your pantry

Want to maximize your chances of success? Especially if you have difficult cravings / sugar addiction, it is smart to throw out (or give away) sugary and starchy foods, low-fat products, etc. These include:

  • Candy
  • Potato chips
  • Soft drinks and juices
  • Margarine
  • Sugar in all forms
  • Bread
  • Wheat flour
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Everything that says “low fat” or “no fat”
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies

Why not do it now?

The Serpent in Paradise

Be very skeptical of special “low-carb” products, such as pasta or chocolate. Unfortunately these products usually work poorly. They have prevented weight loss for loads of people. They’re commonly full of carbs once you see through the creative marketing.

Carb FictionFor example, Dreamfields’ “low carb pasta” is almost pure starch, which is absorbed more or less like any pasta, albeit slowly:

How about low carb bread? Be careful: if it’s baked with grains it’s certainly not low carb. But some companies still try to sell it to you as a low-carb option. Here’s an example:

Low-carb chocolate is usually full of sugar alcohols, which the manufacturer does not count as carbs. But roughly half of these carbs may be absorbed, raising blood sugar and insulin. The rest of the carbs ends up in the colon, potentially causing gas and diarrhea. Furthermore, any sweeteners can maintain sugar cravings.

If you want to be healthy and slim, eat real food instead.

 




 

Recipes

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Low Carb is Fantastic for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes and Normalizing Blood Sugar

Do you have type 2 diabetes? If not you most likely know someone who does. And low carb is fantastic for treating type 2 diabetes.

DiabetesTestF9-reversedIt only make sense that eating less of what turns into blood sugar (carbohydrates) makes it easier to keep the blood sugar down. Low carb may be so effective that people with diabetes need to reduce their medication – especially insulin doses – immediately.

Better blood sugar from day 1. Less need for medication. And weight loss as a bonus. Low carb is a fantastic treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Learn more about Low Carb and Diabetes

PS: People with type 1 diabetes can also benefit from a low-carb diet. Learn More



How to Lose WeightHow to Lose Weight

Losing Weight Effortlessly
on Low Carb

Some people lose weight fantastically well on low carb, immediately on the first try. Perhaps the weight even stays off forever.

For others it can be a more of a challenge. Do you want to lose more weight or lose weight faster? There are many things you can do to improve your chances.

Read more about How to Lose Weight

 
 


Blood Pressure

 

Normalizing Blood Pressure on Low Carb

An elevated blood pressure reliably drops on low carb. This can be clearly seen in scientific trials, and it’s a very common experience for people trying it.

In fact, this effect can be so marked that people on blood pressure medication may end up feeling dizzy and tired from too low blood pressure. They’ve basically become too healthy for their medication!

If this happens you’ll have to reduce the dose of your blood pressure medication, or stop taking it completely, with guidance from your doctor.

Learn more about Blood Pressure and Low Carb



 

Side Effects on Low Carb

Avoiding Side Effects on Low Carb

Do you struggle when starting low carb? Do you get a headache, leg cramps, constipation or any of the 6 most common side effects? It’s usually possible to avoid them – and feel great while losing weight.

The main solution to most common problems when starting low carb is to increase the intake of water and salt. It’s even better to do it preventatively during the first week. If you do you’ll most likely not experience any of these problems, or they’ll only be minor.

Learn about the 6 common side effects on low carb – and how to cure them

 



 

Times 1984 and 2014


1984  Fear of Fat →
2014  “Eat Butter”

Chances are you’ve heard that a low-carb diet will kill you. This as a low-carb diet normally means we eat a higher proportion of fat instead.

This old idea is based on the belief that natural fat is not good for us. Even though humans have always been eating fat, somehow it was supposed to mess up our bodies, raising our cholesterol and giving us a heart attack.

The good news is we now know this idea was simply wrong. Check out these two covers of TIME magazine. The first one is from 1984 – the start of the intense fear of fat. Instead of natural food we got lots of low-fat products, loaded with added sugar and starch. This, not so coincidentally, marked the start of the modern obesity epidemic.

The second cover is more current, from 2014. It says “Eat butter” and the story is about how scientists are now realizing they were wrong to fear fat. What a difference 30 years make!

Just about everybody already knows that low-carb works for weight loss (and some other things). The good news is we now also know it’s safe… and likely even a very healthy way to eat.


Learn more about the obsolete fear of fat

Learn more about the causes of the obesity epidemic

 



 

Cholesterol

The unnecessary fear of fat and cholesterol started the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Modern science shows what the mistake was.

We thought that all cholesterol was harmful. That a low cholesterol was always good, and that a high cholesterol was always bad. This was wrong. The truth is – as usual – more complicated.

More important than having a low cholesterol is to have a good cholesterol profile. To have a lot of the good protecting HDL-cholesterol, for example. And how do you get that? Well, the easiest way is to avoid sugar and flour, and instead eat enough fat to feel satisfied.

Cholesterol

Avoiding fat and instead eating a lot of easily digestible carbohydrates often causes a dangerous cholesterol profile: small, nasty, dense LDL particles and a shortage of protective HDL-cholesterol. This is probably why low-fat foods seem to cause more heart disease.

Read the science showing how low-carb high-fat improves the cholesterol profile

Read all blog posts on cholesterol
 

 
 

The Answers to Your Questions

Q&A

Do you have questions about anything low-carb related? We have ready answers to all common questions – and more.

Questions and Answers about Low Carb
 
 
 


 
 

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4,278 Comments

  1. Jen
    Thank you - it IS an excellent site and has answered all my questions (thus far!) Have bookmarked it for future reference.

    regards

  2. Mary
    Hi I've just discovered your website.

    I have IBS and want to try LCHF to see it that can help me. Can it?

    I would really appreciate it if you could share a few url with me

    Many thanks
    Mary

  3. Hi Mary

    I've been doing LCHF now for 14 months. I also had IBS and can report that it's 95% cleared up
    by following this program. I've lost 22 kilos in this time and have loads more energy than ever before. Helpful when one also has an active 1+ year old! Good luck!

  4. Mary
    Thanks Del LaGrace Volcano, is there a particular recipe book, or recipe site I could visit. Or is it just a matter of surfing around to find good ideas

    Mary

    you'd think I was six-months gone at the moment 🙂

  5. I don't know what there is out there in English. I live in Sweden and there are some great books and magazines here. But the basics of LCHF are simple. I had tried everything to cure my IBS, from medication to gluten free with no change. It seems that cutting out the carbs and what is essentially food combining (no carbs with proteins) works for me.
  6. Donna
    I have been on a lowcarb/highfat for about about 3 weeks, and have had a mental fuzz. All of a sudden I just can't get the word to coordinate with the my mouth. Laughable. But am wondering has any one had such a symptom. I'm not really over weight just want to lose a couple pounds.
    Replies: #1559, #1574
  7. CC
    does this way of life include winter squashes?
    Reply: #1558
  8. Zepp
    CC

    It seems so, it seems to be low in carbs?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squash_(plant)

  9. Zepp
    Donna

    You are not alone of this.. its transitation problems.. lack of glucose.. till your brain make use of ketone bodys!

    If its going to be to much problems, eat some more carbs.. preferebly some tubers.

  10. sara ramos
    im starting this diet with my 7 year old who has type.one diabetes and i was wondering how her ketones are going to be affected.and how to reduce them if they do go up and how many ketone are okay. any help would be appriciated. thanks!
  11. Zepp
    Read Dr Bernsteins books.. he is the best known expert on T1 and lowcarb!

    http://www.diabetes-book.com/

    And about T1.. its more about to have the same amount of carbs and not the lowest.

    Yes one get more ketones on a low carb diet, they say 0-0,5 is normal for carb eaters, 1-3 is lowcarb, and over 3 is starving.. but this goes for non diabetes persons!

    I think a T1 should have a more distance to the upper levels!

    Its about that insulin regulates the keton production on non diabetes state!

  12. Missy
    I am slowly easing into this way of eating bcos I have avoided animal fats most of my life & used vegetable oils to fry with, which now we are finding out, are not healthy at all for cooking.

    Two weeks ago I almost died bcos my body is not use to digesting animal fats. Thankfully, I found a special digestive enzyme that saved me from rushing to the hospital. I kid you not, I suffer from IBS, so believe me when I say, I did suffer. Needless to say, the enzyme that I got (bcos the others don't work on fat very well) is Ox Bile Salts Digest-Aid. It literally saved my life. I was so bloated & bloating by the minute to the point I literally thought I would explode. Talk about pain.

    I took this Ox Bile Digest Aid pretty much with every meal for a week then I started to wean off. I'm doing much better now, but I still experience problems with eating fat & IBS. I don't want to rely on the digestive enzymes as I am trying to train my body to learn how to digest fats. So I only take them if I am experiencing real discomfort.

    My question to you is, why always cook with butter? I'm confused. If animal fats are healthy for us, why not cook/fry with rendered animal fats? After all, bacon is animal fat and the drippings are suppose to be healthy. So why not cook with animal fats?

    My heritage is Norther European and they were big on animal fats for cooking & eating them in their raw smoked state, prior to the fear mongering days of the 70's when animal fats became taboo.

    Animal fats don't burn as quick as butter as they have a higher smoking point. And butter when melted down changes it's molecular structure much quicker than Pure Lard. So if the butters molecular structure changes so easily due to heat, this can't be that healthy for us, can it? Hmm?

    Pure Lard, Tallow or Fowl Fat are saturated fats, which according to this way of eating is suppose to be healthy for us, so why are these not mentioned in all the web sites promoting the Low Carb High Fat Diet, to cook/fry with???

    Please explain, as I don't want to do the wrong thing. My intestines can't handle anymore changes for now. lolololol

    btw: HAPPY NEW YEAR and Thank You so very much for sharing!

  13. Missy
    Oh, I forgot to also ask about why only above ground vegetables? Yes, I know that beets have a lot of sugar, but they are very healthy for us. Surely you don't suggest we give up root vegetables altogether?

    ie: Parsnips heal the bladder & kidney's. Black radishes are extremely healthy & curative. Let's not forget about the 3 types healing mushrooms.

    So why are we not allowed to eat them? This does not make any sense.

    Reply: #1565
  14. Zepp
    Well butter is animal fat.. almoste the same as in lard.. some small differns by fatty acids!

    And as a north european, butter is a tradition.. if we was medeteranians.. then we would use more oliv oil!

    And to the question on butter and frying.. its the lactose and proteins in butter thats react.. but this is altso the source to the taste!

    If you get pain in your guts, it can be lactose intollerance.. i have this conditions.. and I know how it hurts.

    If we was from south asia, then we would use Ghee, how is butter whithout laktose and proteins.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghee

    And you can use lard if you want.. its healty to!

    But you came up with the right conclusion.. the best is fatty meat/fish!

    I think that butter is comonly used becuse its handy!

    But I use more Coconut oil in my cooking this days.

  15. Zepp
    Its about beginners advice.. if one start talking about tubers, one have to came up with a list!

    Radish, carots, rutabaga, Daikon and others is low in carbs.

    Onions is high carb but taste good and one doesent eat that much.

    And ofcourse you can eat potato if you want, if you only limit them.. its about to limit carbs.. and eat more fat.

    Its about easy understandebel beginners advice.. and in the long turn its comon sens thats matter anyhow!

  16. Robin
    I just started the LCHF diet 5 days ago and have been following the diet faithfully. I drink 8-10 glasses of water a day and an occasional hot herb tea in the mornings. Today I feel extremely bloated. Is this a typical side effect when starting the diet and if yes, what can I do to eliminate it? I have lost 3 pounds but do to the bloating it doesn’t look like it and I feel yucky. Thank you for your assistance.
  17. Zepp
    Its probably by that one often get signs of constipation in the begining?

    Try some home cures to get regular stools.

    Almoste everyone get this in the begining.

    Whole flax seeds, and or Psyllium seeds or husk from them is a traditional home cure.

    Your guts is used to fibers and dont react that much in the begining.

  18. FRAN
    i'm wondering can the 1500-1800 atkin totals work on this too?
  19. Zepp
    Its the same as Atkins.. diferent wrighter, from a diferent country with a diferent food culture!

    And I understand that 1500-1800 is Kcal?

    Its a normal consumption for at sedentery woman that is in a faze of losing weight.

    But like in Atkins.. one shouldnt force ones body to live on to little energy.. the best with Atkins/LCHF is that one often eat less after some transitation to a fat burning state.

  20. FRAN
    so for someone to eat in that range will lose if they don't follow the meal options..aiming for a fat/meat plan

    n being sedetary

  21. Zepp
    No one know whats your energy demand is so dont ask for it.

    Try it out!

    If you have to lose fat, its a better option to eat to uppregulate fat oxidation.. and that is for moste peopel that they cut out a lot of of carbs.. to get less blood sugar swings, and a normal low insulin level.

    Try the eating plan for some weeks, make atention on your apetite, some get hungry in the begining.. others lose there apetite.

  22. teej75
    ok so fruit is totally out of the question for this LCHF diet! What if n e nutrients is our body now lacking as a result of banishing fruit and what can be eaten in lieu of? I really want to try this diet and am reading up on as much info as i can. For me this is a healthy lifestyle change as well as weight loss .......I also read in everyones individual comments that gas and bloating occured and for myself i suffer from IBS and DO NOT wish these symptoms as i know how uncomfortable they are and what is losing the fiber going to do for me should i just eat more green veggies? Thanks in advance for the replys
  23. Zepp
    No.. its not totaly forbidden its more of a warning thats fruits is sugar with a verry little amounts of vitamins!

    And there are more vitamines in veggies with less sugar.

    And to that, the moste vitamines is found in animal food, perticuly egg an liver!

    But one should eat veggies on a regular basis, mostly for C-vitamine, Folic acid and leavy green veggies for magnesium.

    Almoste every one can eat more leavy green veggies.

    The trouble in begining is constipation symptoms.. becuse of less fibers and less waist, I think.. then if you is woryed ad some fibers then.. whole flax seeds, phsylium seeds or husk.

  24. Gail
    I don't know what year you posted this, but LCHP immediately gives me much clearer thinking - unless I'm under a great stress. I feel like my IQ jumps 10 points when I stick to it.
  25. Been There
    I'll tell you the truth. Here's a previous "ADVOCATE" and lover of low carb diets. You bet I adored losing 6 dress sizes in three months....not only that...but the attention....BEAUTIFUL. That being said...I also in my younger years followed a low fat diet and lost the same weight...yes slowper than what low carb did...but then...I cheated. As I got really tiny and felt..."yes! I can eat what I want". Of course I gained weight..had a "special occasion to attend" ....searched out a "quick fix". Did the low carb and again...the instant results were wonderful. After 5 years of that BRUTAL diet...got too skinny, unhealthy from lack of nutrients, wound up in the hospital with 90% liver failure and gallstones and with all that "glorious" fat in the low carb diet....my gallbladder could not process it anymore. It was done. As was my liver. Back to a low fat diet, losing weight "slower" than low carb...but looking just as good and not going "crazy" in the brain from starvation of a dietary need being carbs. I don't need an argument nor will I engage in it. Here's the experience. Loved being "skinny" quickly...but sure didn't love the hospitalization, loss of work hours to pay the bills....no good. Calorie intake vs. low fat (minimal human manufactured foods..sticking to what the earth provides)...at first it's hell. Just as the low carb diet. But here's the gig...you end up after a week feeling soooo good. With energy beyond belief. And it's healthy. Get off the "quick fixes". And thank you "low carb" for messing with my liver and gallbladder. Everyone really needs that, don't they? 🙂
  26. Been There
    I'll tell you the truth. Here's a previous "ADVOCATE" and lover of low carb diets. You bet I adored losing 6 dress sizes in three months....not only that...but the attention....BEAUTIFUL. That being said...I also in my younger years followed a low fat diet and lost the same weight...yes slower than what low carb did...but then...I cheated. As I got really tiny and felt..."yes! I can eat what I want". Of course I gained weight..had a "special occasion to attend" ....searched out a "quick fix". Did the low carb and again...the instant results were wonderful. After 5 years of that BRUTAL diet...got too skinny, unhealthy from lack of nutrients, wound up in the hospital with 80% liver failure and gallstones and with all that "glorious" fat in the low carb diet....my organs could not process it anymore. Both were almost done. Back to a low fat diet which is necessary to avoid surgery...am losing weight "slower" than low carb...but looking just as good and not going "crazy" in the brain from starvation from dietary need for carbs. I don't need argument nor will engage in it. Here's my experience...take from it what you will. Loved being "skinny" quickly...but sure didn't love the hospitalization, loss of work hours to pay the bills..... Calorie intake vs. low fat (minimal human manufactured foods..sticking to what the Earth provides)...at first it's hell. Just as the low carb diet. But here's the gig...you end up after a week feeling soooo good. With energy beyond belief. And it's healthy. Get off the "quick fixes". And thank you "low carb" for messing with my health. Everyone really needs that, don't they? Right. Reality, get off the processed foods...and if you can't do it...wait until your health is in jeopardy..then find the "truth". Just as I did. Perhaps though you need to experience what I did to find your truth. And that's just as fair. Best of luck!
  27. needstopee
    my parents have been on a diet like this (no carbs what so ever)
    and I've been eating carbs none stop
    they lost 10-20 kilos and put it back on
    I lost about 17 kilos and stayed
  28. We are a group of 27 participants from across the world doing a challenge on Fatsecret - based on the LCHF Food Revolution - of the Swedish Diet Doctor. The challenge began 2 days ago and is scheduled to end 1 April 2013.
  29. Joleen
    hi,
    I am insulin resistant and it has been suggested that I try this diet. Is it ok to use stevia as a sugar substitute. I want to cut out all other sugars and carbs, but would love to just have some with my morning coffee.........1 or 2 cups a day?

    what are your suggestions for vegetarians that would like to adopt this diet? what fat and protein source could they use?

  30. Dear Joleen

    I've been doing LCHF for 14 months now and have used REAL stevia for the entire time. I don't know where you live but if you are in the USA it is still possible to obtain stevia without sugar alcohols like erythiol. Trader Joe's has the best price. The Diet Doctor doesn't recommend it but I've found that I definitely need something sweet in my life. However, I think it tastes foul in coffee but great in tea. So I take my coffee without sugar and it's fine. It also means I drink less coffee which is no bad thing.

    Good luck!

  31. Lucy
    I started the diet hflc in August last year and had good success for the first 2 weeks (I need to lose about 25lb to shed pregnancy weight gain that has lasted 4 years!). I lost about 6lb and was really happy with the diet and then the weightloss stopped abruptly. I did at that time introduce nuts. I wasn't pigging out on them but probably eating a couple of handfuls a day. Before that, I was eating meat, fish, eggs, animal fats/ high fat dairy produce, vegetables (including a little carrot as the only root veg) and some berries. After a few weeks without success and the onset of autumn bugs I gave up and swung back to eating sugars like an addict (I like to bake so not good at all!). Now I want to get back into the diet and have been eating all of the above including some nuts and at 4 days, I'm craving carbs so badly and feel hungry even when my stomach feels full to popping! Is this normal? Will it get better? Also, I haven't had any weightloss yet...I know it's early days but I'm worried that I'll not lose again. I've heard about sensitivity to some carbs even in v low quantity that prevents weight loss...could that be true for me and nuts? Sorry, for all the questions, I really want this diet to work as I like the science behind it and think that low carb is the way to go!
  32. Zepp
    There is only one way to sort this nut thing out, to stop eating them for a wail!

    If one cut out carbs hard core, one often get cravings, its your brain thats used to get blood sugar spikes.

    The brain prefer food that thats raise your blood sugar, and reward you by excreting dopamin.. then you feel satisfyed.

    The first weight comes of easy, the last is always a strugle.. thats for sure.

  33. G2
    I am sticking with the LCHF diet. I am not counting carbs as such but just eating low carb foods and avoiding all starcy carbs and sugar.
    Initially, I have lost 6lbs in the first two weeks but this has now stalled. The diet works wonders regarding glucose level in the blood. This is the main reason I have started the diet to reduce diabetic meds. With support from my doc I have already stopped taking one tablet,
    I find it difficult to have a high intake of fats at meal times. Over the last couple of weeks I have gradually increased the fat intake. I am hoping to use Ghee as my main source of cooking in the near future.
    Ok, onward to week five of LCHF......
    Reply: #1584
  34. Zepp
    I do think that you not know were the fat lurks?

    Its in the food!

    One seldome need to ad more fat then one need for cooking.

    Egg about 63% fat.

    http://www.fineli.fi/food.php?foodid=858&lang=en

    Bacon about 87% fat.

    Salmon about 60% fat.

    http://www.fineli.fi/food.php?foodid=871&lang=en

    High fat stands for high fat as your energy demands.

  35. G2
    Yes, getting the balance between low carb greens, proteins and fat is going to be worked over over the next few weeks. The additonal fats in the diet would help me stop snacking foods in the evenings. Currently I am using heavy cheeses and double cream as a suplement for stopping starchy carbs. In the longer term I am hoping that I will have fewer meals during the day and eat at times only when I am hungry.
  36. FRAN
    curious when you begin something new..do you test one day and go by that or?
  37. G2
    I think my diet will evolve over a time as I get new and different ingredients in the house and adapt my meals accordingly. I am looking at maintaining safe blood glucose levels and hope to loose a small amount of weight.
  38. Lucy
    Thank you for your kind reply Zepp. I did cut out the nuts and my weight has started falling. I am also no longer craving at last. I just have 2 meals a day now (I'm satisfied on that). I just need to find a drink that I like as I can only drink so much coffee with cream, I'm not a fan of teas without milk and while I know that I should be drinking water, I can only stomach a little. I don't want to drink carbonated drinks or 'sugar free', aspartame loaded drinks.
  39. Melissa
    What about beans? A healthy source of protein! I know they are loaded with carbs - so I probably have my answer -

    BUT hummus is great! Edamame(sp?) on salads or just as a snack.........

    I suppose maybe, if we are on a higher carb vs. lower carb then we can have beans occasionally just like with fruit??

    Also I know there is no weighing or measuring needed - but say we were counting calories, fat and carbs - what is a good low carb target number vs. a high carb target number? My carb count total for today is 39 grams of Carbs - is this high or low on your scale? I know some diets say no more than 80 grams of carbs in a day............

  40. Zepp
    Less then 100 grams of carbs a day says to be an Ketogenic diet and its probably for a person of normal weight and lenght!

    So.. 39 grams a day is lowcarb.

    Some say that our bodys minimal demand for glukos is about 50 grams and then one can eat those to not stress our bodys.

    You know.. everybody dont need to be in a state of ketosis, some benefits of it, others dont care if they get the energy from fats or carbs.. as long they get all the other nutrisiements.

    The good message is.. fat is not the problem, for a majority of population!

  41. Melissa
    Thanks for the response, Zepp - I went to the gym and came back and added some cheese and carrots!! I'm up to 49 grams of carbs!!! 🙂

    Course, if you've ever used SparkPeople to track your food - you can run a daily nutrition report on how well you did for the day - and well - it says not enough calories and not enough carbs! PSSHHHH - what do they know!!!

    965 calories, 42 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbs, and 93 grams of protein. (and I know we don't have to count - I just like to see some days out of curiosity!)

    So this means I can have a very dry vodka martini, right? hahahaha - - :)==

  42. Zepp
    Its verry low calories to.. if you not is a child!
  43. Melissa
    HAHA - yeah not a child - I can't help it! I'm just not hungry!! But vodka and 3 olives probably bumped that caloric value up quite a bit!!! 🙂 Maybe the wrong kind of calories but if I am not hungry and I don't have a headache and I'm not dizzy.......

    unless you think my body will go into like starvation mode? and then hold onto every single thing I give it?

    I know they say like 1200-1500 calories for a woman my age, trying to lose weight - but is there really harm in not hitting that goal?

    I'm sorry I am monopolizing this blog - I'll be quiet now! 🙂

  44. Zepp
    Its no problem in the short run.. but in the long one.

    You know.. there is some healt benefits of fasting.. but not a prolonged one.

    Our bodys dont need energy every day.. but other nutrishments.

    Try to reach that goal 12-1500 for your healt in the long run.

  45. G2
    This seems to be a useful website for looking at fat , carbs, protein and calories in foods. Follow the link.

    http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/

  46. Precious
    Thanks for the informative website.
    I am not a great fan of eggs, whichever way they are cooked. I cant bring myself to eat them, believe me I have tried over they years to force myself but without any success. I see eggs are a part of the diet, so is there a substitute for eggs that I can incorporate into my LCHF diet?
    Reply: #1599
  47. Becky Reusnow
    Is lchf safe for female, age 71?
    Reply: #1598
  48. Zepp
    Yes of course.. LCHF is about eating real food, less carbs, more fat and normal protein!
  49. Zepp
    Eggs are nutritient dens food.. thats what its all about!

    But if you get your nutrients from other sources, thats all right to.

  50. Georgee
    to Precious: eggs are nice cheap way to get enough fat and protein, but if you dont like them, just eat more pork, fish, cheese, butter and other low carb food.

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