Destroying Low Carb Acronyms (DLCA)


If you’ve ever dealt with marketing departments you’ll know the pain that blue sky thinking and dynamic focus can bring to any conversation.

More and more I’m seeing acronyms and buzz phrases creep into the low carbohydrate diet communities.

In my opinion, they are extremely negative – they alienate newcomers and create an unnecessary barrier for those who just want to drop into a conversation from time to time.

In a way it causes exclusivity and a “them and us” environment. So this post aims to break down those barriers and explain what all these acronyms and buzz phrases actually mean.

Killing Acronyms

SKD – Standard Ketogenic Diet

This is where you just restrict carbs, go into ketosis, and stay there for long periods until you’ve reached your fat loss goals, sometimes going back on carbs for a couple days or a week at a time.


CKD – Cyclical Ketogenic Diets

Still not sure what that means? I don’t blame you – I had to dig deeper myself the first time I heard the phrase.

A cyclic ketogenic diet (or carb cycling) is a low-carbohydrate diet with intermittent periods of high or moderate carbohydrate consumption. This is a form of the general Ketogenic diet that is used by bodybuilders as a way to maximize fat loss while also building body muscle.

Source: Wikipedia

TKD – Targeted Ketogenic Diet

The principle behind this diet is very similar to that of a Cyclical Ketogenic Diet only you consume carbohydrates right before and after your exercise or weight training workouts in order to deal with high intensity effort put in.

NSV – Non Scale Victory

This acronym is appearing more and more, and every time I see it used there is an inevitable “what does NSV mean?” reply or question. This is a perfect example of acronyms disrupting conversations for newcomers to diet conversations.

All it means is that something happened to make a person feel good about their diet which didn’t involve a lower weight showing on their scale. An example of a non scale victory is meeting up with an old friend who is amazed by your weight loss and gives you a compliment.

SV – Scale Victory

Remove the acronym and suddenly it all becomes clear – a scale victory is when you reach a landmark goal for your weight, measured on a scale.

Blasting Buzz Phrases

Cheat days

We’ve all fallen off the diet wagon at one time or another, but a cheat day is when you plan to go off your diet. The idea is that rather than fall to temptation because there is no end in sight, you plan to eat something high carb to keep you on track in the short term. Whether you agree with this approach or not is a topic for another blog post!


Food porn

You’ll see this phrase crop up regularly across all sorts of diets – it’s basically a photo of a meal that someone has prepared or eaten that will make everyone everyone drool. Usually it is specific to a given diet being talked about – what constitutes food porn for someone on a low carb diet won’t be the same for someone on a low calorie diet.

Carb Cycling


SIM – Something I Missed?

These are the most common phrases and acronyms I see, but if there are others you hear all the time that you think should be listed here, leave a comment!


One Response to “Destroying Low Carb Acronyms (DLCA)”

  1. The one I’m guilty of using frequently is LCHF – Low Carb, High Fat.


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