Low Carb Or Keto?
Minimising sugars in the diet is always a positive and your body will thank you for it, but how-low-you-go depends on what you are hoping to achieve. The internet is full of confusing, conflicting and unreliable advice so here’s our simple low down on low carb vs low carb keto.
Low Carb – What’s & Why’s?
A general low carb diet consists of a carb level of less than 120g daily. This type of diet is good for improvement in general health, reducing your intake of sugar and processed foods, losing a few lbs and even improving skin, hair & nails, and sleep quality. Not as strict as keto, this diet allows you to include a more varied selection of fruit, vegetables and a small amount of grain free produce. Unlike the keto diet it can also be done using lower levels of fat, so perfect for those who haven’t quite managed to get their heads around the fat revolution yet and still prefer their semi-skimmed to full fat!
An example of a Low Carb diet:
Breakfast: Seed & Berry Granola, 30ml semi-skimmed milk, 1 medium pear.
Lunch: Pea & Pancetta Soup , 1 x Ryvita Dark Rye Crispbread with butter.
Meal: Pork Milanese, 150g broccoli, 50g leeks, 100g quinoa.
Snacks: Raspberry & Seed Bar, Dark Chocolate Brownie.
Low Carb Keto – What’s & Why’s?
On a keto diet you should be consuming less than 50g carbs daily through a low sugar and higher fat diet. Dependant on the overall macros a keto diet can help you lose excess body fat, increase your energy levels, reduce hunger and sugar cravings, and even aid in the management and reduction of symptoms in health conditions such as PCOS and diabetes. Most people find they get best results from lowering their carbs to less than 20g and increasing their fat intake to over 70% of their overall daily diet. A keto diet takes dedication and can result in some sugar withdrawal symptoms, but if you persevere you can reap the rewards and become keto-adapted within only 3-4 weeks.
An example of a Low Carb Keto diet:
Breakfast: Seed & Nut Granola, 30ml double cream, 50g raspberries.
Lunch: Thai Chicken Soup.
Meal: Chicken Breton, 100g buttered mushrooms, 150g wilted spinach.
Snacks: Caramel & Sea Salt FattBar, Traditional Pork Crunch.