What is LCHF?
LCHF stands for Low Carb, High Fat (and Moderate Protein).
What that means is that I eat mostly meat and vegetables with plenty of fat.
Why? Because this diet is very helpful for a range of health conditions and can also be used for weight loss. In my case: I feel better, have more energy, am less hungry, have more stable mood, really enjoy my food AND I’ve lost 60lbs (27.3kg, 4 stone 4 lbs).
That’s a gross oversimplification, of course. The reasons for doing this and the science behind it are simple enough on the surface and more complicated as you get deeper into it.
There are lots of terms for this way of eating: LCHF, Keto, Ketogenic diet and the near cousins: Paleo, Primal, Bulletproof, and even Mark Hyman’s Pegan (paleo-vegan). These are diets that differ from the Standard American Diet (SAD) in a couple of key ways. (It’s really the Standard Western Diet which is quickly becoming the Standard World Diet but the acronym SAD is painfully perfect, unfortunately.) LCHF and keto tend to be my favourite terms. LCHF because it’s the simplest descriptor and requires the least explanation in terms of what it is that I eat: low carb, high fat (and moderate protein). Keto (short for “ketogenic”) stands for the specific metabolic result I’m usually looking for which I’ll write more about in future posts. The Paleo, Primal, Bulletproof, and Pegan cousins tend to be more generous on the carb front and aren’t usually ketogenic, but they still advocate fewer carbs and higher fat than the SAD and focus on food quality in ways we can all benefit from: more real food, less processed junk.
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Sarah is a North Carolina native who eats LCHF, lifts heavy things, and rides her Brompton in Glasgow, Scotland. Wherever you find her, she'll probably be geeking out about some aspect of health and wellbeing.