Low Carb Diet

Seeds & grains

What is a low carb diet?

A low-carb diet is when the intake of carbohydrates is reduced, particularly those found in grains, starchy vegetables, sugary foods, and beverages. The main focus is on consuming foods that are rich in protein, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables.

The exact carbohydrate intake on a low-carb diet can vary depending on the specific plan or the individual, as it is often calculated based on the proportion of energy that it contributes to. 

Why go low carb?

  1. Weight loss: Low-carb diets are often effective for weight loss because they can help reduce overall calorie intake. When you restrict carbohydrates, your body can switch to using stored fat for energy, leading to weight loss.

  2. Blood sugar control: Reducing carbohydrate intake can be beneficial for individuals with diabetes or insulin resistance. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar (glucose), which can cause spikes in blood sugar levels. By limiting carbohydrates, people may be able to better manage their blood sugar levels and insulin response.

  3. Increased satiety: Low-carb diets tend to be more satiating than high-carb diets. Protein and fat, which are commonly emphasized in low-carb diets, help you feel fuller for longer periods. This may lead to reduced hunger and decreased overall calorie intake.

It's important to note that while low-carb diets can be effective for some individuals, they are not suitable or necessary for everyone. It's always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before making significant changes to your diet. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific needs and goals.

What makes up a low carb diet?

  1. Restricting high-carb foods: This includes reducing or eliminating foods such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, cereals, sweets, sugary drinks, and processed snacks.

  2. Emphasizing protein: Low-carb diets usually include moderate to high protein intake. Good sources of protein include lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, and plant-based sources like legumes and tofu.

  3. Prioritizing healthy fats: Healthy fats are a key component of low-carb diets. These include sources like avocados, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, and fatty fish like salmon.

  4. Non-starchy vegetables: Non-starchy vegetables are generally encouraged on low-carb diets due to their high fiber content and low carbohydrate load. Examples include leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.

  5. Moderate fruit intake: Fruits are generally limited on low-carb diets due to their natural sugar content. However, small portions of berries or other low-sugar fruits are often allowed.