Why I chose The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle?
The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle is focused on eating delicious foods that provide my body with the nutrients it needs, while eliminating food that my body does not require. I just eat when I’m hungry until I feel satisfied.
For the first time in my life there’s
- No calorie counting required – ever!
- No expensive products to buy
- No intense exercise programs
- No pills
- No shakes
- No surgery
- No cravings
- No willpower required
I just get to eat great REAL food until I’m full… that’s it!
The low-carb high fat lifestyle means I eat fewer carbohydrates yet I increase my proportion of fat, which leaves me full and satisfied in a way that I’ve never felt before. Most importantly I’ve minimised my intake of sugar and starches.
I can eat other delicious foods until I’m satisfied – and still lose weight.
This is often called a low-carb, high fat diet (LCHF) diet and there’s heaps of information that you can find on the internet with peoples testimonials about not only losing weight, they’ve done it without hunger, they have more energy and heaps of people have reversed their diabetes. But you’ll also find information about how “fat is bad” and that the body needs carbohydrate.
It’s really up to you to decide what’s right for your body.
I looked at the evidence and decided to give it a go. I’ve known for a long time that my body just doesn’t like refined carbohydrates and in the last few years the only way I could describe my body was that it was VERY efficient at storing fat.
I ate a “healthy” diet, rarely ate bread, rice or pasta. The only carbs I really ate were oats for breakfast or chia seeds in almond milk puddings with blueberries. I made beautiful colourful salads with some source of protein for lunch and I made sure my dinner plate was full of veggies and would switch out potatoes with sweet potato or pumpkin. I had cauliflower rice and made sure I was eating lean protein. 80% of the time my diet was perfect and I balanced it all out by working out 3-5 times a week.
Sounds like I’m doing all the right stuff right? So why was I putting on weight!!!
THE SCIENCE BEHIND WEIGHT GAIN
Isn’t it just all about calories?
Dr Jason Fung explains why this advice just isn’t the real cause of weight gain and therefore not the way to treat it.
How to Maximise Fat Burning
The problem with sugar and starch
All digestible carbohydrates are broken down the same way by the body and that’s into simple sugars in the intestines. So whether you’re eating 10g of Carbs from cabbage, porridge or cake, it’s still carbohydrate and the body processes it all the same and that’s into glucose. The sugar is then absorbed into the blood, raising the blood glucose levels, which then increases the production of the hormone insulin which is also our fat storing hormone.
When you eat insulin goes up and in large amounts it prevents fat burning and stores excess nutrients in fat cells. Because our cells are the end users of all the food we eat, if the cells aren’t getting the nutrients we get triggered for hunger after a few hours or less.
Therefore it’s your hormones making you fat NOT how many calories you eat!
This then starts the process again: A vicious cycle leading to weight gain and increased fat storage.
In other words:
You’re not getting fat because you’re eating more
You’re eating more because you’re getting fat
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
The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle 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. This is not a high protein diet it’s a high fat diet and it’s the fat that makes The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle so easy because it makes you full and satisfied.
Something to consider:
I love this little snippet from the documentary Fat Head
When I saw this part in the Fat Head documentary everything started to make sense as to why I was putting on weight even though I was eating “properly” and exercising.
In 3-minutes it became clear and I realised I’d continue to put on weight if I didn’t reduce my carbs to lower my insulin levels.
I’m so grateful that I found this out and am now living The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle because I feel great, my skin’s amazing, the foggy thinking is gone, I’m sleeping better and it’s even helped me manage my anxiety. It’s not about weight loss anymore – it’s about quality of life!