If you have been looking for a diet that enables you to eat almost as much as you want and at the same time make you loose weight while also improving your health then perhaps the LCHF diet is the correct diet for you. LCHF stands for Low Carb, High Fat) and the LCHF diet is a method that actually has been used for over 150 years.
The basics of the LCHF diet is that you eat less carbohydrates and more protein and especially more fat. It is important to reduce the amount of sugar and starches that you eat every day. Instead your meals should be focused on eating food like fish, eggs, meat and natural fat (like butter and oliveoil). While doing this you will get full, never be hungry and still beeing able to loose weight.
Most people who eat according to the LCHF diet do not count the amount of calories that they eat every day. In general since you always get full and never are hungry you do not need to count. However sometimes it can be good to count your calories to get an overview of how much your daily intake is and how your fat, protein and carbohydrate ratio is.
For the LCHF diet there lately have been many studies and scientific papers that have proven over and over again that LCHF diet is a very good way to reduce in weight.
LCHF Diet Food
In general this is the types of food you can eat when following the LCHF diet:
Fish and different types of Shellfish: Fat fish like salmon, mackerel are good. Do not eat fish that have breading on the outside.
Meat: Basically you can eat any type of meat, like beef, pork, chicken, game meat and so on. It is even advised to eat both the fat and skin on the chicken. You should here also avoid meat that has breading on the outside. If possible, choose organic or grass fed animals over non-grass fed.
Eggs: Eggs are the perfect food, and it can be cooked in so many forms also. Enjoy eggs in all different forms and types, like boiled, fried, omelettes, poached or other ways to cook your eggs.
Fat: Butter and cream as a part of your cooking is really nice and really brings out the flavors in the other food. Try different fat sauces or simply make some garlic butter together with your meat. Butter is the best option but coconut oil and olive oil are also good alternatives. Avoid corn based oils.
Dairy products: Butter has already been mentioned but there is also other dairy products that are good to eat. High fat cheese, cream (40%+) and yoghurt are good food. Avoid all low fat dairy products like milk.
A general rule that you could use as a guideline when selecting food for the LCHF diet is that for every 100 grams of food there can maximum be 5 grams of carbohydrates. If there is more in the ingredient, then try to skip it or replace it with something else.
Things to drink with LCHF diet
The best things to drink when using LCHF diet are drinks that do not contain any carbohydrates or a very low amount of carbohydrates. Examples are water (perfect for everything), coffee or tea. If you feel it gets too booring with water I suggest to e.g. add a small piece of lemon into the water to give it some taste.
You have to stay away from all kinds of soda, no matter if it is sugar free or not. Sugar free soda contains sugar replacement that might trick your body to think it is actually getting sugar. If you previously drank beer you now should try to switch to either a red or dry white wine or other non-sugar alcohol drinks as whiskey or vodka. We however recommend to stay away from alcohol as much as possible since it might slow down your weight loss a little.
Summary about LCHF diet
If you follow these simple guidelines and ensure that you do not cheat by sometimes eating some candy or having a soda you will see dramatic results. The people that have tried this have seen weight loss around 5-10kg in the first month of using strict LCHF diet. The following months you could see similar weight loss. Please consider that weight loss is very different from person to person and you have to try your own way.
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