What is a Low Carb High Fat Diet?

So what actually is LCHF?

Well it stands for Low Carb High Fat. It describes a way of eating. Put simply, it is a diet that is low in carbohydrates and sugary foods including bread and pasta. Instead foods that have protein, fats and vegetables are eaten.  Accompanying this is the concept of eating when hungry and stoping when you are full. There are a few names for this way of eating and some include LCHF, Keto or Banting.

As a rough guide, 0-20gm of carbohydrates is considered a ketogenic diet, 20-50gm of carbohydrates per day is referred to a moderate low carb diet and 50-100gm of carbohydrate per day is a liberal diet [1]

It is important to consult with a health care professional if you are taking any medications, pregnant, breast feeding or have any diseases prior to commencing any new way of eating.

There are many resources to access that examine the science behind this way of eating. A few good resources include The Noakes Foundation www.thenoakesfoundation.org and Diet Doctor www.dietdoctor.com

There are many benefits that people have reported but not limited to:

  • Weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Reduces bloating
  • Reduces cravings
  • Reduction of medications
  • Potentially reverse some diseases
  • Improve skin condition


[1] Dietdoctor https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

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