What is Low Carb?

What is being Low Carb?

Our body runs on energy (calories) and energy comes in the form of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. However, not all energy forms are equal and our body prefers to prioritize in this order:

  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Protein

Your body looks for simple carbs first, if it doesn’t find any, it’ll look for complex carbs, next fat and then protein.  For many people though, the intake of carbohydrates exceeds the amount of energy your body needs so it never gets around to using the fat, and actually, your body will convert any leftover carbs to fat and stores it on your body.

So the simple idea of low carb is to reduce the carb intake, so now your body’s choice for energy would be:

  • Simple Carbohydrates
  • Complex Carbohydrates
  • Fat
  • Protein

Your body is now converting fat storage into energy and that’s the reason for the weight loss attributed to lo.  You’re effectively ‘burning fat.

What are the Benefits of Low Carb?

Supporting research suggests using healthy sources of fat as your energy source will:

  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Heightened Mental Focus
  • Improved Blood Sugar Control
  • Lower Cholesterol (after a couple of months)
  • Increase Efficiency in Metabolism

On an important note – if your body runs out of fat, it’ll start to burn protein and muscles, which is something you don’t want.  So make sure you keep up the right amount of healthy & balanced fat intake to give your body the fuel it needs.

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What Food Groups Can I Eat from to be Healthy and  Low Carb?

Low carb is not focused on ‘starving yourself’ to lose weight, rather it’s to eat and attain calories from a balanced selection of food groups for your body.  If you reduce the carbs, you are already on your way to a balanced healthier lifestyle!

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How Many Carbs is Low Carb?

The next question everyone wonders is exactly how many carbs is low carb to consume in a day.  Truth be told, there’s no one answer and will depend on the individual.  But some popular ranges are between 50-120g net carbs.

What is a Net Carb?

A net carb is the total carb minus any fiber & alcohol sugar.  So for example, if the recipe states 20g carbs, 10g fiber, 2g sugar alcohol, the net carbs would be 20g carbs minus 10g fiber minus 2g sugar alcohol, so 8 net carbs.

We only count the net carbs because that’s what your body absorbs.  The rest is flushed from your system.

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What’s the Difference between Keto & Low Carb?

Low carb is a more relaxed balanced lifestyle compared to keto.  The popular net carb range for a low carb is 50-120g net carbs, but keep in mind the normal American intake for carbs is 300-400g of carbs!  So you can see where the term low carb comes from.

People often use the keto to get to their goal weight, and then switch over to a low carb to for ‘maintenance’.  We personally prefer a healthier balanced low carb lifestyle as we believe it is more sustainable.

Our Low Carb Philosophy

A low carb lifestyle is going to be different for everyone, so do what you are comfortable with.  Our humble suggestion for people starting out is to be mindful of your carb intake, but keep it simple and balanced, and try to cut what you can.  Listen to your body and see what works for you.

If you are looking to make a change, you have to make this lifestyle sustainable for you.

You don’t have to follow all the rules to a tee, but rather make your own rules that you can commit to and be happy with!

Have any other questions about the Low Carb Lifestyle?

If you ever have a question or just want to say hi – please send us a message as we love hearing from our visitors!

We wish you a very warm welcome to LCA and hope our recipes help you reach your goals!

Disclosure – the way our bodies operates is much more complicated than what is summarized above, however for the purpose of this page, we provided a very simple explanation.  We’re not nutritionists or licensed professionals by any means.

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