Paleo vs low-carb, high-fat (LCHF)

I met a couple of people recently who are on low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets. This diet goes by other names as well, including the ketogenic diet.

Many of us have heard of low-carb diets. They have been popular in recent years and even my rice-loving mum would tell my brother not to eat so much rice if he wants to get rid of his tummy fats. So what is the difference between simple a low-carb diet and the LCHF/ketogenic diet?

People on simple low-carb diets tend to be less concerned about the other macro nutrients (protein and fats) and eat them in any proportion they want. So they may cut out the rice and bread from their meals and eat lean white chicken breast, for example.

The LCHF diet takes this idea one step forward by significantly increasing the fat percentage in one’s diet, which is supposed to force the body to use fat as energy. So instead of eating lean white chicken breast meat, the dieter eats the fattiest part of the chicken, while keeping carbs low at the same time. Jimmy Moore lost 180 pounds on this diet.

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Typical low-carb high-fat diet

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Review: sugarless Blues Gourmet Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate

First of all, this chocolate bar is NOT paleo. It is low-carb, low-sugar and gluten-free. But it is definitely something to be avoided on a paleo lifestyle. That being said, I am reviewing this because I didn’t pay attention when I picked it up. All I thought was, “Ooh chocolate! Ooh sugarless chocolate!”

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This Sugarless Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate bar, which I purchased from SunMoon, contains: Maltitol, Cocoa Paste (Minimum Cocoa 52%), Cocoa Butter, Inulin, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Mint Flavour. There are 12 squares in the package and each square contains 39 calories and 0.02 gram of carbs. Continue reading Review: sugarless Blues Gourmet Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate

Useful carb and calorie counters

One advantage of being on a paleo “diet” or lifestyle is the freedom from counting calories. No longer do you have to worry about creating a calorie deficit to lose or maintain your weight. You simply eat unprocessed, nutritious and anti-inflammatory food and the rest will follow. Or so the theory goes.

I’ve found that it has been useful for me to keep track of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) I consume because it makes me aware of what I’m eating. This is especially pertinent if you’re trying to limit your carbohydrate intake to lose weight. I also want to know the nutrition content of my baked goods so that I know I’m not going overboard with the honey or nuts.

The first useful tool is My Fitness Pal, which is available online as well as on your iPhone and Android phones. You have to sign up for an account and you can add friends and view their intake for the day. You can also leave encouraging messages for them so there’s a whole community to spur you on. Continue reading Useful carb and calorie counters