What exactly is a Low Carb Diet?

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A low-carb diet is a diet that restricts carbohydrates, but is high in Protein, fat, and vegetables – there are different variations to the diet and different extremes, but the principles are all pretty similar, and many results do prove that they can cause weight loss and improved health

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How do they work in simple terms?

  1. The main source of energy in the body is carbohydrates
  2. Due to the lack of carbohydrates, insulin is reduced
  3. This causes the body to burn stored fat as a source of energy
  4. Your fat stores are now your primary source of fuel, hence the weight loss
  5. If carbs are dropped too low then a process called Ketosis may occur

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Typical foods to avoid include:

Bread, Pasta, Rice, Cakes, Sweets, Fizzy pop, Alcohol, Potatoes Fruit (keep it minimal)

One thing you may notice is a lot of these foods are high sugar foods (refined carbs). This can only be a positive thing as your blood sugar levels are now being stabilised once you cut these out. Avoiding processed food is key, and is something we do ourselves on our All Inclusive Retreats

The idea is to eat mainly lean protein and natural fats:

Lean meats, Eggs, Vegetables (spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, peppers are perfect), Natural Fat (butter, olive oil, greek yoghurt) – avoid low fat alternatives, Fish, Nuts and seeds, Lots of water

 

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Here is a few low carb ideas to start you off:

Breakfast:

Eggs and vegetables,  Bacon and eggs, Eggs and spinach/yoghurt – CLICK HERE for more recipes

Lunch:

Spicy salmon and chickpea salad, Steak salad with goats cheese and mushrooms, Chicken and avocado salad – CLICK HERE for more recipes

Dinners:

Thai lettuce turkey wraps, Salmon & Asparagus, Garlic chicken with zucchini – CLICK HERE for more recipes

 

Many people achieve weight loss on this type of diet, but you do need to bear in mind that it may not be sustainable long term. If you would like any help with nutrition then why not join us on one of our Fitness and Weight loss camps in the UK or Europe. We run specialised nutrition workshops and offer post bootcamp support for those who require it. We also work with a Clinical Dietitian who can provide bespoke diet and meal plans for you – Contact Us if this is something you would like more information on