Low Carb High Fat works. It just does. It has its variances, but it has changed me and others around me who have followed in the same type of lifestyle in magnificent ways. Let me tell you my ABCs of LCHF so you can understand the impact it can make. Post these up on your refrigerator or somewhere you’re always looking when you’re thinking about putting food into your piehole (except stop putting pie in your piehole). LCHF is as easy as ABC:
Animal products are our friends – and so are the fats within them. Red meat is not bad for you! In this interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise, shares the reasoning why red meats and butter were initially condemned. It was thought to believe the saturated fats and “bad” cholesterol in red meat would increase in your body and put you at higher risk of a heart attack. After the re-analysis of what we all found to be true through clinical trials about high levels of saturated fats in our diets leading to clogged arteries and heart attacks, it was found that this is actually untrue. Fat in our diet is not a bad thing. (Sugar is actually the enemy!) Fats are actually a good thing – and one of the best sources to get these fats is meat. In short, eat meat.
Be cognizant of your carb intake. The carbs that fuel you are bright – veggies, fruits (but not an overload of them), and sweet potatoes. Eat green, not grain. Teicholz’ book dives into the research, facts, figures, and myths of fats, carbs, and how our conception of a healthy diet has been skewed for years. Our fat-for-carb tradeoff has been a bad one. As referenced by Teicholz in this article from Time Magazine, “Saturated fat consumption has dropped by 11 percent since the early 1970s, while the consumption of carbohydrates—pasta, grains, fruit, starchy vegetables—has increased by 25 percent.” Because of this, our body fat has increased, along with the carb intake. Carbohydrates break down into glucose in our bodies. Limit your carbs and get that sugar out of sight.
Choose oils from real foods – like avocado oil and coconut oil. Vegetable oils ARE NOT made from vegetables. They are actually produced in an incredibly manufactured, processed style, resulting in something that no one should ingest. Despite recent claim that coconut oil could be harmful (that’s not true), coconut oil is a good source of fat and a good option for you. Virgin coconut oil as is the least refined and has the higher number of antioxidants. Avoid vegetable oils and the fast food restaurants that use them, too.
ABC easy as 123, and there you have it. Remember these three things, and you’ll remember three of the keys to living a successful LCHF life.