This isn’t a low carb diet. This is a low carb, high-fat diet. And although it is very important to lower our intake of carbs, it is equally important to increase the amount of fat we eat.
Now, repeat after me….
“Fat is good!”
Eating more bacon, butter and cream was a difficult thing for me to do when I started this diet. I was programmed to believe that fat was not good for me. And, of course, that isn’t true. It is just one of those things that people keep repeating over and over again even though there aren’t any facts to back it up.
The reality is that a body can burn fat as fuel, just like it can burn glucose (sugar and carbs) as fuel. When you burn fat as fuel, you will not see a spike in your blood sugar. So you will feel much better.
If I deprive my body of fat then it will end up storing it. And that isn’t what I want.
Fat First, Protein second, Carbs Last
For some reason, people seem to think that when we talk about a low-carb, high-fat diet, that they need to eat more protein. But that is far from the truth. The reason why this diet works is because by eating more fat and minimal carbs you put your body into a fat burning mode called Nutritional Ketosis rather than the typical glucose burning mode.
Although protein is encouraged and much better than carbs, if you go overboard, the protein could actually be converted to glucose which means you will stop burning fat.
So it is important to remember to eat fat first, protein second and healthy carbs coming from green vegetables last.
If you want to get your body in fat burning mode, I suggest keeping your carb intake below 20 grams.
It is really easy to know what foods to avoid. Sugar, sweets, cakes and bread are obvious. But there can be a lot of sugar hidden in many places where it isn’t written on the label. For example, an average size potato has about 50 grams of carbs. So one potato has enough carbs for two entire days of eating.
It really can hurt your brain when it comes to trying to figure out what you can eat.
I don’t count numbers. I just eat a lot of food that I know is zero carbs (eggs, bacon, meat, fish, olives, cheese, fats) And those that are very low in carbs (green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables).
I eat until I’m full, then I stop eating.
Here is What I eat on a typical day…
7:00 Coffee with heavy cream and a bit of extra virgin coconut oil. I usually will have two cups. Learn how to make bullet proof coffee.
10:00 I normally am not hungry, but if I feel a little hungry I may have a small amount of cheese or eat a few olives.
6:00 My dinner consists of a portion of meat and a huge portion of veggies smothered with some sort of fat. For example, yesterday my other half grilled us some steaks. I topped my steak with some grass fed butter. And we had a salad with some homemade blue cheese dressing. We also had some asparagus and mushrooms cooked in coconut oil.
8:00 pm. I am rarely hungry in the evening, but if I want a snack, I will usually have a bit of cheese or some nuts.
If you have never eaten a low-carb, high-fat diet, then you probably don’t think this is very much food to eat in a day. And you are probably wondering why I’m not hungry.
It really comes down to giving your body what it needs. When your body is satisfied, the cravings go away.
Yes they really will!
And you will not want do eat crap anymore.
It seemed like before this lifestyle I was hungry all the time. I was always wanting to snack on something. If I smelled sweets, I would really go crazy wanting to eat everything.
Now, I simply don’t think about food. I don’t crave it and I don’t feel like I’m missing a thing. When you eat to nourish your body, you feel so much better.
Want a list of what to eat on a low carb diet? Be sure to read Eating on a low carb diet.