The benefits of a low-net-carb diet
In my last blog I wrote about the benefits of ditching carb-loading for high-fat/low-net-carb diet. Today I would like to speak a bit more about the benefits of low-net-carb diet.
There’s a lot of evidence that suggests that high-fat, low-net-carb diets are what people have been looking for in terms of dietary objectives. In addition to helping shed excess body fat it also improves metabolism, boost energy levels, lowering inflammation and promotes optimal health by maximising longevity in several ways.
An effective way to optimise your fat-burning system is to limit your net carbs intake (more about that in the following paragraph). Basically, net carbs are total carbs without fibre. There are two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. The reason why most people use net carbs (aka available carbohydrates) is because they believe that dietary fibre doesn't affect blood sugar and our body cannot derive any calories from it. This claim isn't entirely accurate because it only applies to insoluble fibre which cannot be absorbed and has no affect blood sugar and ketosis.
Going back to the issue of optimising your fat-burning system, you should limit your daily intake of net-carb to 30-40 grams as well as limit your protein intake to 1 gram per kilogram of lean body mass. At the same time you need to increase the daily intake of healthy fats.
Broadly speaking, you will benefit from consuming 50 to 85 percent of your daily calories in the
form of healthy fats from avocado, organic grass-fed butter, organic gee, free range egg yolks, coconut and red palm oils and raw nuts (for example, macadamia, pecans, walnuts and pine nuts). You can have as many low net carb (preferably organic) vegetables as you like.
If you adopt this type of diet you will be consuming mostly ‘real foods’ whilst dropping processed food from your diet.
You can kick the entire process up by a notch by integrating ‘peak fasting’, but more about that in my next blog.
I hope you found this information useful and you are invited to share it with others who might benefit from it.