If your decision to embark on a low carb way of eating is motivated by weight loss, whether you recognise it or not, you need to choose a weight-loss approach that also impacts your metabolic health (insulin levels, blood pressure, inflammation levels etc). LCHF is an approach that promotes both weight loss and metabolic health. You will hear many stories about the almost ‘magic’ effect of a low carb diet. It is no secret however, that it may not be a ‘walk in the park’, in the initial stages of undertaking this way of eating.
1. When to start
The only time to make any major lifestyle change, in particular dietary change, is when you are ready. This decision needs to be yours, and made in your own time. You will know when it is your time to change.
2. What to eat
Make friends with real food. Cooking LCHF friendly foods doesn’t need to be complicated. Many recipes can be adapted to a low carb version very easily. Keep it simple – think vegetables, meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, dairy, eggs, fat (coconut oil, butter, olive oil).
3. Beware the saboteurs
Don’t listen to doubters. Interestingly, you may find that when you do make the decision to make some positive lifestyle changes, those close to you take offence. There are many people who, for a variety of reasons, won’t want to see you succeed and will feel it their duty to sabotage your weight loss journey. Just be patient, they’ll join you soon.
This way of eating is a huge mind shift for many of us, particularly embracing the ‘high fat’ component of this dietary approach. Be patient with yourself. Read up on the science behind it at a level that you are comfortable with, but keep it simple, it’s really just about eating real and whole food.
5. Do it your way
If going ‘cold turkey’ on carbs is just too difficult, start slowly. Reduce sugar (cakes sweets, table sugar) then take the next step and remove those starchy carbs (rice, bread, pasta, starchy vege).
6. Don’t give up
If you don’t succeed on your first attempt to change your way of eating, don’t give up. Right now may not be your time. The fact that you are contemplating making positive changes is a great start.