What is a Low Carbohydrate Diet?

Diet has become a word synonymous with negativity. It is generally associated with restriction, set time periods, and failing.

What we are referring to as diet is a lifestyle choice. A consistent path that is not only attainable, but will leave you feeling better, and being healthier.

We don't need to look too far to see that carbohydrates are the scourge of our time. They are now readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can see the impact they are having on the population by looking at society.

We are also now beginning to understand that sugar (carbohydrate) and fat (polyunsaturated), the combination seen in ‘fast food’, is the worst offender. Nature does not offer up food that is both sugary and fatty in high quantities, just look at fruit. An apple is sugary, an avocado is fatty. Our bodies are not designed to deal well with this problem.

So what is a low carbohydrate diet?

Simply put, a low carbohydrate diet is a diet consisting of 30% Protein, 30% Fat, and 40% Carbohydrate. While carbs still make up the majority of this it is a much smaller number than the Standard American Diet (that's right, S.A.D).

A big factor that plays into this is the type of carbohydrates we choose to eat. Take an 8oz bag of Lays Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ chips and you will see on the nutrition label (bad sign already) that they contain 17g of carbohydrates, per serving. There are 8 servings per bag, meaning 1 bag contains 136g of carbohydrates (plus a bunch of other delightful issues). A regular 20 fl oz bottle of Mountain Dew contains 77g of carbohydrates, of which is all sugar. That's just over 19 teaspoons of sugar per bottle.

On the flip side, let's take a look at broccoli. 232g of cooked broccoli contains 9g of carbohydrates, along with a whole lot more health benefit. You have to eat 425g of asparagus to gain that 9g of carbohydrates. Nature offers us these resources and provides us with a guide. Unfortunately, the forces that be see no necessity in this logic and continue to promote a diet that was never tested for efficacy.

The main reason for this comparison is to show that the SAD is providing massive overconsumption of carbohydrates, and it is literally killing people.

Bringing that number down to 40% and switching sources of carbohydrates allows the body to regulate itself. Our body was not designed to take in 77g of sugar, so it converts to fat.

Regulating the amount and type of carbohydrates we put in our bodies is a massive first step to turning things around in our nutrition. Becoming aware of the amount of carbohydrates in foods is a step in the right direction.

Society as a whole is the best place in which to look. If the SAD was working there wouldn’t be this many people overweight and dying. It is truly a sad (see what I did there) state of affairs and something that needs to change.

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