A real food diet (low carb high fat LCHF) is essentially about eating whole real unprocessed food. This diet consists of eating low carbohydrates (mainly from vegetables); moderate protein; and high in healthy fats. This means the diet is very low is sugary foods, pasta & bread. A ketogenic diet is an extremely low carb diet which sees the body transform from being a sugar burner to a fat burner through producing ketones for energy.

For decades we’ve been told that fat is detrimental to our health. Meanwhile low fat diet products, often full of sugar, have flooded our supermarket shelves. This has been a major mistake, that coincided with the start of the obesity epidemic.

Studies now show that there’s no reason to fear natural fats. Fat is your friend, and all latest research points to the fact that saturated fat has been wrongly demonised as a cause for heart disease. This fear was based on flawed science, and has never been proven. Rather, it is sugars and refined carbohydrates that have been shown to increase our risk of inflammation in the body, and thus heart disease (among many other modern diseases).

On low carb diets, you minimise your intake of sugars and starches. You can eat other delicious food instead until you’re satisfied, and still lose weight. It’s not about counting calories or carbs, and it is definitely not about calorie restriction.

How does it work? When you avoid sugar and starches, your blood sugar stabilises and the levels of the fat-storing hormone insulin, drops. This increases fat burning and makes you feel more satiated (full), reducing food intake and causing weight loss.

Studies prove that a low carb diet makes it easier both to lose weight and to control your blood sugar, among other benefits (less stomach issues, reduced cravings, normalising blood pressure, better skin, migraine control).

What can you eat?

Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables (grown above the ground), butter, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, cheese (always full fat)

What should you avoid?

Sugar, starchy foods (bread, pasta, rice, beans, potatoes), processed foods, low fat foods, wheat, grains.

Eat when you’re hungry, until you’re satisfied. That’s it. You do not need to count calories or weigh your food.