The food group scientifically proven to help you lose weight.
Fat is not the enemy, and you don’t need to count calories to lose weight. It is increasingly evident that an LCHF diet can help you shed fat. So, what is LCHF?
It stands for low-carb-high-fat, and it’s an area of increasing interest and study among doctors and medical professionals. While most of these studies are being conducted on people with major health concerns – such as obesity, diabetes, and metabolic conditions – the results are applicable outside the confines of a lab. In the majority of these studies – cited at the bottom of the page – participants on an LCHF diet lost significantly more weight than those who were on either low-fat or calorie restrictive diets. So what does this mean for you?
If you’re looking to shed a few kilos and promote lean muscle growth, an LCHF approach may be perfect for you. So what are the do’s and don’t’s of the diet? In order of priority, it is important to avoid sugar, gluten-containing grains, trans-fats and “diet” or “low-fat” products.
Not only is a low-carb diet more likely to help you to lose weight all over, it helps rid belly fat, as well as visceral fat which can build up around organs, increasing the likelihood of inflammation and disease.
So why does it work? The reason low-fat diets became so popular was the widely-held opinion that eating fat made you fat. But this isn’t true. 100 years ago, our great-grandparents were slathering butter on their bread, cooking with lard and eating cream with their scones. And in no way did this make them overweight, let alone obese. However, with the invention of fast food, came the increase in the use of trans-fats. Now these are bad for you. However a low-carb diet, which is rich in protein as well as fat, lowers insulin levels. So what does this mean? Insulin is a vital hormone in the body, which stimulates lipogenesis, or fat production, and inhibits lipolysis, the burning of fat. So when your insulin levels are low, your body is promoting fat burn rather than fat storage.
Further, high-fat diets also (tend to) contain higher levels of protein. Protein, particularly that from meat, has been shown to reduce appetite, increase metabolism and help increase lean muscle mass. With an increased muscle mass, your metabolism is more active throughout the day, resulting in an increased (and ongoing) calorie burn. Further, the increase in protein and ability to eat to fullness often results in the above-stated decrease in appetite. So you’re less likely to take one of those so-called long romantic walks to the fridge, simply because you’re bored, and more likely to take a long romantic walk to the bedroom, due to an increase in energy.
Sound good? Head over to our 8-week protocol page and give it a go!