Are there any health risks in eating LCHF?

Prior to changing diet it is important to consider if there are any health risks in eating LCHF.  

Discuss dietary changes and potential health risks with your healthcare professionals in advance, particularly if taking medications, pregnant or breastfeeding.  A Low Carb, High Fat diet may also not be suitable for you if you are particularly lean, undertake regular high intensity exercise and have no weight issues.

It is important to note that LCHF diets are not in line with current the Australian Dietary Guidelines.  The dietary guidelines should support individuals to best maintain and improve health.  A change in dietary guidelines should reflects emerging evidence, the obesogenic food environment and rates of chronic disease.  

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Mitigating Health Risks

The LCHF approach to nutrition allows you to eat a delicious and varied diet that will leave you feeling satisfied.  Opting for nutritions whole foods, rather than switching to highly processed low carb food products, achieves this end.

LCHF eating encourages you to eat when hungry, rather than than at prescribed meal and snack times.  The focus is on eating healthy whole foods that satiate while improving blood sugar, weight and health.

Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) diets restricts carbohydrate foods, encouraging a higher intake of of fat and adequate protein.  LCHF diets typically restrict carbs to under 130g net carbs per day, or less than 50g of net carbs per day for individuals with specific health goals.

 

LCHF Healthcare Professional Support

Here is our current list of Healthcare Professionals experienced in LCHF nutrition.

For more information on introducing a Low Carb Diet safely see Jessica Turton, Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), talk on ‘Evidence-based Practice: Low-Carbohydrate Diets’.  The role of diet in a wide range of health conditions and symptoms, including obesity, insulin resistance syndrome, hypertension, PCOS, dyslipidaemia, gastrointestinal issues and more.