LCHF Diet – Is it Extreme?
LCHF is the acronym for Low Carb High Fat which is exactly what the Ketogenic Diet is. The Keto Diet is very low in carbs, moderate in protein and high in fat. It’s the ‘high in fat’ part that makes people squirm. And with good reason. We have been trained since the 1980’s to abhor fat, run away from fat and fear fat like no other macronutrient! This was a government initiative in the US that seemed to cross borders into Canada and other developed countries.
And yet, it is no secret that since the 1980’s obesity has soared in direct correlation with our efforts to rid our diets of the dreaded fat. Why is that?
We have only 3 macronutrients to choose from and they are Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate. So if one is lowering one of those macronutrients, it makes sense that another has to go up. So as people have been lowering their fat intake, they have been increasing their carbohydrate intake.
With the LCHF diet, the focus goes back to fat as the number one macronutrient, with many Keto diet people losing massive amounts of weight using a Ketogenic ratio as high as 85% fat, 10% protein and 5% carbs.
LCHF – The Big Fat Diet Experiment in Alert Bay, BC, Canada
People may be shocked by that ratio, given what we have been taught. But sometimes the government is just wrong. Take a look at the people of Alert Bay, BC. I first read about this experiment in Johnny Bowden’s book called Living Low Carb.
Alert Bay is a remote fishing village in British Columbia (where I live!) with a high population of natives who are descendants of the Inuit. Most of them are obese. An experiment was conducted there a few years ago to see what would happen if they went back to eating something similar to the Inuit diet of their ancestors. You can read about it in this article called The Slimming of Alert Bay.
Approximately 80 people volunteered. The parameters were to eat all the fat they wanted, seafood and meat, non starchy vegetables. They even called it My Big Fat Diet. No bread, pasta and other carbs. These are the same parameters of the LCHF diet. Those 80 people lost 1200 pounds, and even more important, most were also able to go off medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and so on.
I am inspired by this story to keep on my Ketogenic journey. The more I read about it and learn, the more I believe it to be right for me. I think people will hear more about stories like these as the dogma of dietary fat is disproved. And of course, I am not saying that everyone has to eat like this. But it seems that a high percentage of the population is struggling with overweight and obesity (now 67%!) and the current party line of what makes a balanced diet is clearly not working.
To me, this is not an extreme diet. What is extreme is eating fast foods and fake frankenfoods and then wondering what is going wrong. The LCHF diet protocol calls for only real foods. What a concept! Just eat real foods. Yes please!
This is what I had for lunch today. Tune in tomorrow for the recipe 🙂