When eating out, desserts are usually off-limits for obvious reasons, so let’s thank the French for introducing the custom of finishing a meal with a cheese course. Low carb high fat means you don’t have to follow that cliched advice of removing skin from poultry, and chicken does taste so much better for it! So we can’t have traditional sugary desserts when on a low-carb diet, but who cares when we can have double cream instead!
Duck breasts are another example of a food that is clearly meant to be eaten with skin on – discarding it makes the whole experience plummet dramatically. Egg yolks are obviously an integral part of the egg, and in my opinion much more fun than the whites! I realise that this post is a shameless ode to fat, and reading it alone is probably enough to give a heart attack to a low-fat advocate. LCHF works if you are very strict keeping your carbs low – then you can indulge in having high fat foods.
LCHF suppresses appetite so although you would eat high-calorie, high-fat foods, you would be likely to consume less calories overall. When on strict LCHF, your body will eventually switch into ketosis, and start burning fat for fuel instead of carbs. By the way, in less than a year on this diet, I have lost 130 pounds, dropped all three blood pressure meds I was on, and gained such good control of my blood sugar, that I now have a lower A1C than many healthy, no diabetic people. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
People on simple low-carb diets tend to be less concerned about the other macro nutrients (protein and fats) and eat them in any proportion they want.
The LCHF diet takes this idea one step forward by significantly increasing the fat percentage in one’s diet, which is supposed to force the body to use fat as energy. I’ve sold a few loaves of my paleo bread to people on this diet recently and it started me thinking about the difference between the paleo diet and the LCHF diet.
For example, artificial sweeteners are generally discouraged in the paleo diet because of potential health risks.
And related to the point above is that the motivation for monitoring fat, carb and protein percentages is to get one’s body into a state of ketosis. The last point is written about quite extensively in Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney’s book, which states that high carbohydrate diet locks a person into a dependence on carbohydrate as the dominant fuel for exercise.
If you are in Singapore and want to join the low-carb high-fat (some are paleo eaters!) community, there is a forum at Hardwarezone here.
This means, if a person requires 2000 calories a day for their body’s basic functions (BMR) along with their activities, and they consume 2,500 calories a day instead, they will have consumed and stored an excess of 500 calories per day or 3,500 calories in one week, and therefore gained one pound in seven days. It does not matter which of the three macronutrient groups the excess calories come from: fat, protein or carbohydrates or any combination of the three. The low carb diet does have its strategy and success though: control the production of insulin, which helps the body to one day use it again effectively and therefore metabolize glucose instead of storing it, and also to restrict the production of lipoprotein lipase. There are options when it comes to composing the daily intake of food when controlling calories for weight loss.
Deep down we know that that eating well and in controlled portions and in combination with exercise for energy expenditure is the proper way to lose weight.
So, when that new fad diet comes along that makes this process easier, or more delicious, it’s equivalent to the get rich quick scheme. I could literally have this every day, it would make me very happy (maybe one day when I am rich and own a cattle farm).
I prefer mine unsmoked and have a rather idiosyncratic method of cooking it in the oven – it takes much longer than frying or grilling, but is well worth the wait. Many British restaurants now include this option to their dessert menus, and there are plenty of British cheeses that can rival their continental counterparts. Double cream plus a bit of sweetener forms a base of many low-carb sugar-free desserts, and definitely fills the void.
When on LCHF you don’t have to put up with any nonsense that advises you to discard the yolks and have just the whites. If you are not bothering to restrict carbs, then eating extra fat as described above is likely to lead to weight gain. Weight loss rate varies by individual, but keto diets work much faster than other types of diets, so hopefully you will notice the changes very soon.
They have been popular in recent years and even my rice-loving mum would tell my brother not to eat so much rice if he wants to get rid of his tummy fats. So they may cut out the rice and bread from their meals and eat lean white chicken breast, for example. So instead of eating lean white chicken breast meat, the dieter eats the fattiest part of the chicken, while keeping carbs low at the same time. But the LCHF diet is more relaxed about this because of the psychological necessity to get some sweetness into meals (fruits are not allowed because of the sugar). When you exclude grains and sweets from your diet, you tend to eat a lot less carbs than the average person. I always believe that everyone is different and the only way to find out what works for you and what you thrive on is to experiment on yourself and monitor your well being. If a person eats 500 calories a day less than their required intake, will they lose one pound in a week? This occurs when the cells of the body no longer respond to insulin, the hormone responsible for transporting glucose or carbohydrates out to cells to be used for body processes and activities.
If a person consumes a diet that is 1500 calories made up of chick peas, quinoa, spinach, broccoli, apples, oranges, peppers and tomatoes which is all carbohydrates and therefore deemed high carbohydrate because there is no other macronutrient included, and their daily required energy intake for their BMR plus daily activities is 2000 calories, they will lose 1 pound in a week.
Trying to get the most nutrition out of that say 1500 calories would be the strategy that falls in line with the healthiest. Her clients include those who are trying to lose fat, gain muscle, increase muscular and cardiovascular endurance, speed up metabolism, recover from injury and learn proper exercise technique. Rib of beef is another favourite – basically a gigantic rib-eye joint – lots of fat and utterly delicious (read more on roasting beef).
Put bacon rashers on a roasting tray, add a couple of spoons of water, stick it in a very hot oven for 10 mins or so, then turn it down to about Gas Mark 4 and roast for another 30 mins. For the simplest option, whip up some double cream with sweetener and unsweetened cocoa powder.
Use it for frying, spread it on low-carb bread, make gorgeous sauces like hollandaise, add it to boiled vegetables to give them some extra oomph. However, it does taste better when the skin is crispy, so make some criss-cross scores on the skin and gently fry duck breasts skin-down for about 5-10 minutes, spooning the fat out of the pan. The advantages of this range from weight loss to blood sugar stabilisation to improving sports performance. An excess of this food energy that surpasses the body’s requirements is unfortunately not excreted by the body, but instead stored in fat tissues and so weight is gained. Even if a person eats an excess of 500 calories worth of lean protein (say, 2 ? chicken breasts) a day, they will still gain one pound in one week.
A low carbohydrate diet can help this imbalance by lessening the production of insulin over a given period of time and one day the body may become sensitive to insulin again and it can do its’ job—help the body use the carbohydrates instead of storing them and gaining weight. If someone opts to compose their 1500 calories per day from 30 ounces of bacon and nothing else, yes they will lose weight but at the expense of sacrificing fibre, vitamins, minerals and substituting instead a diet that is high in saturated fat, low in protein (yes bacon is not a high protein source) and can contribute to creating or exacerbating conditions like heart disease ad gout.
She is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer, and AMFPT as a Sports Nutritionist. Atkins, Keto) are also high in fat, allowing the most indulgent and hedonistic meals while still losing weight. Lamb shoulder or neck and pork belly also have plenty of fat – I think the best method for those is slow-cooking. Then stick them in the oven for another 10-20 minutes (depending on whether you like them pink or well-done).
Bone marrow is basically fat but it tastes utterly delicious and absolutely melts in your mouth.
But in the paleo world, canola, which is a genetically engineered hybrid derived from rapeseed, will not be found in our cupboards because it is highly processed.
Eating an excess of calories is the only way to gain weight and depleting the calories (or expending them through activity) is the only way to lose weight unless there is an imbalance in the body’s hormones and therefore the body is not metabolizing food the way it should. An excess of insulin in the bloodstream also stimulates the production of lipoprotein lipase, a hormone that conserves fat. She has completed her training with CanFitPro as a Pre and Post-Natal Specialist and with OMgym as a Suspension Yoga Teacher.
This post focuses on gorgeous low-carb high-fat (LCHF) foods – let’s count our blessings and rejoice!
Finally, I always keep my eyes open for any hog roast stands– tender pork meat with some crackling, ooh – I have in the past attended music festivals just so that I can get to eat some hog roast.
Finally, if you can’t be bothered to do any of that, you can always get a ready-made roast chicken from a rotisserie. The diet also has to be high in fat (around 70% of calorie intake) rather than high in protein because excess protein can be converted into glucose, which will kick you out of ketosis. There are conditions that exist that affect the body’s metabolism: PCOS, insulin resistance, thyroid hormone imbalances, menopause and andropause to name a few.
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