What is a Low Carb, High Fat Diet?

A Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) Diet is a way of eating that restricts the amount of carbohydrates and increases the amount of healthy fats that you eat to optimise your health and nutrition.

We define a Low Carb Diet as less than 30% of your daily calories coming from carbohydrates (the average Australian is currently consuming about 50%). For those of us with weight to lose or other health issues to address a much lower intake of 5 to 10% of calories coming from carbohydrates may be required.

We do this by eating real, whole foods that are not processed – the type of foods our bodies were designed to eat.

In practice this means removing sugar, bread, pasta, rice, beans, starchy vegetables (i.e. potatoes) and processed foods from your diet. There is no nutritional need for any of these foods that cannot be found from other sources and carbohydrates are simply not an essential nutrient. This also means eating plenty of non-starchy vegetables, meat, eggs, butter, cream, olive oil and nuts.

While this way of eating may initially appear restrictive and unsustainable, this approach to nutrition allows you to eat a delicious and varied diet that leaves you feeling satisfied. It allows you to eat when you are hungry and still lose weight while improving your health and controlling your blood sugar.