What are carbohydrates?
While it’s easy to point at bread and say “that.”, there’s a little more to carbohydrates than bread alone. Carbohydrates refer to the sugars, starches and fibres found in vegetables, grains, dairy products and fruits. Carbohydrates provide fuel for the muscles and central nervous system to work, however, there are different kinds of carbohydrates, some better for you than others. Many diets opt out of high levels of carbohydrate consumption for one reason or another, and we agree that balanced nutrition is essential to a healthy lifestyle - and not everybody can thrive on a one-size-fits-all diet.
If I eat a low carb diet, what can’t I eat?
There’s no rule about what you can and can’t eat, but you should limit certain carb-heavy foods if you are sticking to a low-carb lifestyle. Restricting foods is hard to maintain, so carefully limiting the amount of carbohydrate-heavy foods (that you love) is a more sustainable option for various health benefits. The main sources of carbohydrate include: Bread and grains Starchy vegetables (think ones that grow in the ground like potatoes) Legumes Some nuts Processed foods and drink Pasta Sweet treats Baked products Potato chips
Is low carb the same thing as the ketogenic diet?
No! Low carb diets reduce the number of carbohydrates consumed but do not eliminate them from the diet completely. Switching your energy source from carbohydrate (low carb) to fats (keto) is a drastic lifestyle change, which puts you into a state of ketosis - the state you are required to be in when on the ketogenic diet. Low carb diets prove to be the more sustainable of the two diets, as the ketogenic diet is more restrictive by completely eliminating the need for carbohydrates.