What is a Low Carb Diet?
Low Carbohydrate Diets come under many names: Low Carb High Fat (LCHF), Ketogenic, No Carbohydrate Diet and also under a lot of different brands such as Atkins and The South Beach Diet. The one thing they all have in common is that they restrict carbohydrate intake with varying degrees to help you lose weight.
The science is strong to support the fact that changing your carbohydrate intake directly effects the extent to which you’ll lose weight (or put it on). You can learn more about this by reading our Low Carb Lessons.
What is a carbohydrate anyway?
Sugar, starch and cellulose. Some examples of foods high in carbohydrates include bread, pasta and potatoes – in fact, these are the arch enemies of anybody serious about being on a low carb diet! Foods high in protein (and fat) also tend to be low in carbohydrates – steak, bacon, eggs and greens such as broccoli will become your staples.
It might seem counter-intuitive at first to start eating all the food that traditional nutrition guides class as being unhealthy, but the results people have seen speak for themselves.
The Low Carb Food Database
The biggest problem people face when starting a low carb diet is figuring out what they can eat. Most product packaging in the UK tells the consumer how “low in fat” or “low in calories” a product is and it quickly becomes a chore to scour nutritional labels for the carbohydrate count.
This problem has been solved by CarbGenie – our Low Carb Food Database contains over 30,000 foods from UK Supermarkets including Tesco and ASDA. The list of low carb foods has been sorted by total carbohydrates (from low to high) making it a breeze to plan your shopping.