Low Carb Is The Right Way To Eat

Choosing to eat low carb is not a fad diet but rather, a complete lifestyle change. Yes, it promotes weight loss, but its main benefit is long-term health solutions. Low carb is the right way to eat and surprisingly, is not as complicated as other ways of eating. You’ll just need to eat meals that are low in carbohydrates and high in fat such as meat, eggs or green leafy vegetables.

Keep in mind that when you start adapting to the low carb eating lifestyle, you have to avoid or completely eliminate high carbohydrate foods such as pasta, rice, grains and starchy foods. When you consume these foods, they are converted into sugar, which will also be your number one enemy when you opt for eating low carb meals for good.

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One of the most popular forms of low carb eating is the ketogenic diet or keto. Keto is the strictest form of low carb diet because you have to be mindful of your macros, not your calories. To succeed with keto, your carbohydrate intake must not exceed 20 grams per day.

Keto is strict but very effective

Aside from keto, there are other ways of eating that are also low in carbohydrates but more sustainable. Let’s take a closer look at the following forms of low carb eating:

The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet is a form of low carb eating that allows you to eat meals that are high in protein. It was formulated by Pierre Dukan, a French doctor and weight management specialist. Then Dukan Diet claims that it helped people to lose weight fast and easily without starving themselves.

The diet has four phases:

  1. Attack Phase – For the first seven days, you have to consume limitless amounts of lean protein and 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran each day
  2. Cruise Phase – The next 1 to 12 months where alternating lean protein day-to-day with lean protein and non-starchy vegetables must be done. It also requires the intake of two tablespoons of oat bran daily
  3. Consolidation Phase – Every pound you’ve lost in Attack and Cruise phase must correspond to five days of eating limitless amounts of protein and vegetables. You also need to consume some carbs and fats and two and a half tablespoons of oat bran per day.
  4. Stabilization Phase – The food intake is similar to the Consolidation Phase but the rules under this phase are more relaxed and the oat bran intake should be three tablespoons daily.

Since The Dukan Diet is high in protein, you’ll burn more calories especially during gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis is a process that converts fat and protein into glucose when your protein consumption is high and you steer clear from high carbohydrate meals. On the other hand, high protein intake leads to longer hours of satiety so The Dukan Diet might be beneficial to those who can’t control binge eating.

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What sets apart The Dukan Diet from other low carb forms is that the fat consumption must also be restricted. In other words, it’s a low carb, high protein but low fat diet. In terms of weight loss, The Dukan Diet produces it fast just like the other low carb eating forms.   

For more info, read our full post, Is The Dukan Diet Right For You?

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The Dukan diet is a great and effective low carb option.with a more restrictive fat intake

The 4-Hour Body

Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Body, also known as the “slow carbs diet,” is designed to hack the human body. It teaches fat gain prevention even when you binge eat, levels up fat loss by 300% and decrease the hours of sleep while waking up still feeling refreshed and functioning well. The program claims to make you lose 20 pounds of fat in just 30 days. It can also ramp up your muscle gain and enhance your sex life.

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When it comes to protein intake, it is similar to the Dukan Diet. There’s no such thing as calorie counting in this program, just like the other low carb diet plans. In this program, you can consume mostly protein, non-starchy vegetables and legumes. Then, you have to avoid sweets, cakes, cookies and fried foods. Unlike other low carb plans though, dairy products are non-compliant foods under the 4-Hour Body.

While you can have cheat meals on all sorts of low carb diets, these cheat meals could sabotage your fast fat loss goals. The 4-Hour Body is unique because it allows you to have one cheat day every week and you’ll still lose weight and fat quickly.

Ferriss claims that the keys to get the best results out of the program are avoiding white carbohydrates, having the same few meals repetitively, eliminating liquid calories, eliminating fruits and as mentioned, one cheat day per week.

You’re only encouraged to eat as much protein as you can every meal time. If you don’t want to set yourself up for failure while under this diet, there should be no snacking at all during your meal interval hours. If you can’t resist the temptation of grazing on some snacks, you can eat a handful of nuts or carrot sticks.

For more info, read our full post, Why The 4-Hour Body Really Works 

Image of The 4-Hour Body in the 4-Hour Body review blog post
Tim strips away the bullshit in the 4-Hour Body - basically just avoid anything white

Banting

Is your body reacting badly when eating high carbohydrate meals? Have you been counting calories when eating without restrictions but still not losing weight? If so, then Banting is for you.

Banting is a high fat and sugar-free form of low carb eating named after its brainchild William Banting. This diet is as effective as the trendy Ketogenic and Paleo diet because it also focuses on consuming high amounts of fat, but the difference is that all the foods you should consume are gluten-free. Those who have tried Banting claim that their quality of sleep improved and any cravings for carbs are pretty much eliminated.

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The greatest similarity of this diet with other low carb diet forms such as Dukan and The 4-Hour Body is that it utilizes your body as an ultimate fat-burning machine instead of burning carbohydrates. The difference to the other low carb diets in this article is that the amount of protein intake is more moderate.

Since Banting focuses on high fat foods, you’ll feel fuller after every meal. When you feel fuller, you’re less likely to snack during the day. On Banting, your meal plan includes low carb fruits, dairy, green leafy veggies, fish, avocados, eggs, and fatty meat. These foods are on the green list. On the red list, foods which are forbidden, include artificial sweeteners, sugar, bread, oats, potatoes and pasta. You should eat at least four times a day without snacking in between meals.

Before beginning your fat loss journey with Banting, keep in mind that your meals should be nutrient dense. Focus on eating animal fat and a cup of greens every meal. While the foods you eat under this diet are delicious, be mindful of the amount of food – don’t overdo it but also don’t deprive yourself.

For more info, read our full post, The Banting Way Of Eating

The Banting nut guide

Paleo Diet

Want to improve your overall digestion and achieve optimal health while losing weight? Try the Paleo Diet. Paleo, also known as the “caveman diet”, focuses on eating foods that were only available during the Paleolithic era. The main principle of this low carb type of eating is that the modern food system and how they are processed nowadays are detrimental to our health.

The Paleo diet focuses on whole, nutritious foods such as meat, eggs, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats such as avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and ghee butter. Paleo is similar to Keto and Banting in terms of the amount of fat consumption; similar to Dukan and The 4-Hour Body as well because it also advocates high protein intake.

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What sets apart the Paleo diet from the other low carb diets is that the sources of fat and protein must be whole foods only or those sources of foods that were available to early humans. The Paleo diet also emphasizes the impacts of lifestyle choices on the environment. Lastly, although Paleo is relatively low carb , you are allowed to include whole food carbohydrate sources to your meal plan. These high carb whole foods are fruits and unrefined sweeteners.

In order to succeed with the Paleo diet, you should eliminate grains, legumes, soy and all processed foods. You should also incorporate short but intense exercises if you’re aiming for faster results. Since Paleo’s principle is the promotion of long-term wellness, keen stress management is highly recommended. Yoga and meditation are great for this. 

For Paleo, just eat like our caveman forefathers did. Basically, shun all carbs and dairy.

All Low Carb Diets Work

Whatever low carb eating plan you choose, all of them work. May it be Dukan Diet, 4-Hour Body, Banting or Paleo, their common denominator is that they help you lose weight fast and in the healthiest way possible. Whichever one you choose, you can rest assured that low carb is the right way to eat.

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20 thoughts on “Low Carb Is The Right Way To Eat”

  1. Low carb diets are becoming more and more popular and I must say they seem to be working, although it is a big adjustment to change over to one of these especially if you love your starches. Most people battle to give up bread and pasta. For me, I like to have rice or pasta with my food to fill me, but like anything, it is a matter of getting used to new ways of eating and trying out new things until you find something that works.

    1. True enough, Michel, it just takes time to get used to a new style of eating and once that is done, it will feel like second natures. I’ve been eating LCHF for most of the year and I don’t really miss carbs that much. Do crave a pizza now and again though.

  2. I enjoyed reading some more about the different kinds of low carb diets!  I didn’t know about all of them, and I was always curious about the difference between Keto and Banting.  

    I’ve tried Keto before.  Apart from the fact that I found it hard to give up carbs, my main struggle with this way of eating was the fact that it really is a more expensive way of eating.  Budget wise I simply just could not stick to this diet.  I have seen articles before on how to do Keto on a budget, but it still worked out way more expensive than I could afford, while also having to stick to a very limited and repetitive menu.  Any advice?

    1. I hear you Nayla, keto can be expensive. I typically buy in bulk and try to eat the cheaper proteins like eggs and chicken. I always buy whole chickens and freeze them. Also, go for frozen blueberries rather than fresh – they’re cheaper and last longer. 

  3. I had problems with my weight all my life, I tried so many diets but none of them worked for me except the Keto diet. That’s the only diet that worked for me but I could not continue it because of the money. I had to pay close to a $100 per week to purchase the meals. I liked your information so much about sticking to a low carb diet that I bookmarked the site. I’m interested in the Dukan Diet so I will read more about it. I may go back to Keto, but I must see what would be a good offer for me.Thanks so much for this information. 

  4. Hello there, Low carbohydrate diets can be very effective for weight loss, according to research. Reducing carbs tends to reduce your appetite and cause automatic weight loss, or weight loss without the need to count calories. For some people, a low carb diet allows them to eat until fullness and still lose weight. Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome article i hope it helps others.

    1. Well put, low carb diets are definitely beneficial in many ways. I’ve provided a few low carb diet choices here so folks can find one that suits their body type and lifestyle. 

  5. We’ll, I have always been seeing the buzz about low carb diets but I have never committed to it before. Now that you share this, I understand why this is very important and why one should take it seriously. I would see how I can start by reducing the carbs in my food as I know it wouldn’t be easy at all for me to fully adjust immediately.

    1. Baby steps is the name of the game, Jay, that is the only way to stick to the course. So, slowly remove carbs from your diet and bit by bit you’ll get to enjoy the benefits of a low carb life. 

  6. As an avid diet and healthy eating lifestyle enthusiast I really enjoyed reading your article ‘Low Carb Is The Right Way to Eat’. I had heard of keto diet previously but this is my first time learning about the dukan diet and its four phases. It sounds like a really great alternative to normal diet and seems relatively easy enough to follow. 

    1. Yes, simplicity is key in sticking to a diet so the Dukan is very good from that perspective. Here in South Africa, Banting is probably the most popular. Personally, I think I like the 4-hour body the most because you can drink red wine. 

  7. I always thought people would do a low carb diet as a remedy to lose weight. Thanks for teaching me how bad carbs are for you. I didn’t know they turned into sugar. Nice job helping people lose weight through these diets. Are low carb diets also good for someone trying to gain weight? More specifically gain muscle weight. I’m at a healthy weight, but would like to gain more muscles. It seems that all of these diets are for people trying to lose weight. 

    1. Good question Lex regarding whether or not low carb diets can help you gain weight. I think they can, you would just need to eat more often and add more fats to the diet. Making every nutrient count would be the most important thing.

  8. Eating more proteins than carbs is going to help your body in slimming and trimming inches off of you and pounds off of the scales. I personally have changed my eating habits and made a lifestyle change to become healthier and to lose weight. I have tried some of the Paleo diet recipes when making food when I discovered I was sensitive to gluten and was eliminating it from my diet a few years back. I have cut out processed foods and rarely have anything with sugar. 

    I am trying out the Keto diet currently. I still watch my carb intake and eat more proteins and the healthy fats. I haven’t heard of the Dukan Diet before. It looks like a healthy diet as well. Still using the same low carbs, high protein, but lien, which is what I was doing before and no processed food or sugar. It’s true the less carbs that turn to sugar in your system the less you crave them. I get most of my carbs from a variety of garden salads. There are so many vegetables to choose from.

  9. I now understand the low carb diets and I strongly support them. Carbohydrates are the major problem in our normal regular diets causing us to gain weight and accumualte belly fat in us older men. Let us all aim to reduce carbs in our diets. Not only will you lose weight naturally but your quality of life and sleep vastly improves. I must say its not an easy journey moving away from carbs, but once you set your mind to eat you must achieve it. Thanks for this articel

    1. Well said, Energy, it isn’t easy, but getting that mindset in order will take you there. The low carb diet commitment will be worth it in the long run. 

  10. I really enjoyed that you shared different diets. It makes it much easier to find something what will fit to each of us. My top is definitelly Paleo ‘Caveman’ diet. That’s how I actually eat most of the time because I am a big fun of vegetables, fishes and nuts. Only one problem for me is a meat. I don’t like meat a lot. What would you recommed as a replacement for me?

    1. Hi Ola, sounds like you are definitely on the right track as far as eating a healthy diet goes. Since you’re getting protein from fish and nuts, I don’t think you really need to worry too much about meat or even finding a replacement. Maybe up your eggs intake since eggs are a very good source good of protein. 

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