I have lost a lot of weight recently and hence I get asked by people what I am doing that is so successful. I have written many emails to people with links to the materials I learnt from, but thought I would just create a blog post now so I don’t have to keep writing it over and over.
What is LCHF?
LCHF stands for Low Carb, High Fat. The easiest way to explain it is it is like the Atkins Diet but with less protein, more fat and plenty of vegetables.
What is eating LCHF like?
In a word – fabulous. Initially the concept of cutting out almost all carbs was a bit scary. In fact once you start looking for carbs, you realise pretty quickly that our entire food chain is full of them. It takes about 2 weeks of not eating carbs to “get them out of your system”. Once the carbs are gone an amazing transformation occurs. All of a sudden you just don’t get hungry any more. It is the carbs => hi blood glucose => insulin turning glucose to fat process that makes you constantly craving food, and this then is the root cause of the global obesity epidemic (well that is what I now believe after reading all this material).
My standard food consumption now consists of
- A full cooked hot breakfast (2 eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms and a small amount of Tomato) cooked in oil and butter
- Lunch is typically a salad with meat (normally chicken), cheese and full fat dressing (Caesar salad is my favourite)
- Dinner is normally some meat, vegetables or any number of great recipes that I am lucky enough to have my wife cook for me :-). Plenty of full fat sauces or butter are all allowed.
Outside of these meals, I hardly eat anything else – I am simply not hungry. My meal portion sizes has been reduced (because I can’t eat the quantity I used to eat). If I am hungry, I will have a handful of nuts (like Almonds) or a lump of cheese and a piece of ham. Food has never tasted so good.
With great food like this, it is easy to stick to this diet. Yes there are some sacrifices, like not eating hot chips or pizza. But these are such small sacrifices when you compare that against the benefits – feeling full all the time by eating great tasting food and still losing more than 15% of my total body weight (to date). These benefits are 100 fold better than any hot chips ever tasted.
Need convincing on the science?
If you believe that nutritionists and governments are giving us good advice, then invest 90 mins of your time and watch this video. If at the end you are still convinced that governments and mainstream nutritionists’ advice is backed by science and they have your interests at heart, then no one is going to change your mind. 🙂
After watching that one, take a look at this gem.
For those with more time on their hands, watch the entire series of 79 videos of Tim Noakes deposition in South Africa. https://www.youtube.com/user/CTNews01/videos
Take particular note of these excellent videos.
Dr Zoë Harcombe – videos 60 through 67
Nina Teicholz – videos 68 through 75
Where can I Learn about LCHF?
I have known about this LCHF for many years but really wasn’t prepared to do it. What initially got me intrigued and interested was when I watched the ABC TV show Catalyst on the topic. The show is on YouTube and you can also watch it below.
Once I finished watching that show, I set about finding more information. I then found http://www.dietdoctor.com/ which has heaps of information on the diet. This site now has some paid content, but there is still a lot of great free stuff. I recommend you watch the following video first.
This is very good with a quick cut to the chase on why other diets fail and why this eating plan works.
And I really like this one too. This Tim Noakes guy is fabulous! If you want 1 video to show non-believers, this is it. Tim explains how everyone has a different tolerance to carbs (differing insulin resistance) and how this flows on to weight problems for some. And of course how to fix the problem – without hunger.
There are 4 more really good videos linked on this page. Just look for the section of the page that looks like this – each picture links to a great informative video.
I have also more recently found another good site that I like http://www.edify.net.au/. This site has more information but also a lot of good recipes.
Update 18 Dec ’15
I found this site that has 10 really good videos (some repeats from above).
Also I am about to buy this Tim Noakes Recipe book. http://www.lowcarbdownunder.com.au/checkout/ I will let you know what it is like