LCHF Diet Explained – Is it Extreme?

LCHF Diet – Is it Extreme?

LCHF DietWhen I first started exploring the Keto Diet, I ran into many terms and acronyms that I did not understand.  LCHF was one of them.  So what it is exactly?

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 🙂


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47 Responses to LCHF Diet Explained – Is it Extreme?

  1. DT1963 says:

    I just started the LCHF diet and in two days I have lost zero. I am eating virtually no carbs (outside small amounts of spinach, avocado, almonds, and cheese). My keto strips show I am already moderate in ketosis. I am lifting and riding bike. No sure what I am doing wrong.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Two days is not really not enough to judge anything. But that said, cut out the almonds and cheese. For the first few weeks while you are finding your keto legs, just focus on fatty proteins, green leafy veg and butter and coconut oil. You will go through a kind of detox. When you’ve kept it plain and simple for a minimum of 2-3 weeks, then see what affect adding in a handful of almonds or a small amount of cheese has on you. If you keep losing weight, then great! Many, many people cannot eat those items on keto unless they are trying to maintain their weight and not trying to lose.

  2. Luisa says:

    The Ketogenic Diet causes bad breath. Is it ok to chew sugar free gum to cover it a bit?

    • KetoWoman says:

      I personally wouldn’t because things like sugar free gum can cause cravings. But maybe limit to one a day? Or try some alternatives. I’m not sure what to suggest because it doesn’t cause bad breath for everyone, I don’t have this issue. Try asking this question in one of the big lchf groups on the Facebook, you’ll probably get lots of good suggestions.

    • Tina Tabar says:

      Try chewing on a mint leaf

  3. mandyland says:

    I love this website. I just stumbled onto it from a recipe I saw on Facebook. I have been doing this for almost 3 weeks and have lost 20lbs. However, i seem to have hit my first plateau. My question is, does eating less cause weight loss to stop? Cause for the last 3 days I have had almost no appetite and really haven’t eatwn much at all. I noticed the weight loss stopped when this began. Any thoughts?

    • KetoWoman says:

      It can for some people. It is one of the benefits of high fat, low carb is that your appetite just drops! But also 20 pounds in 3 weeks is a LOT! Your body probably just needs time to adjust. Congrats on the loss so far!

  4. Helle Madsen says:

    Hello. I just found your blog. It looks very interesting. I have been eating this way for nearly two years now, so it is fun to read about others.
    I live in Denmark ( northern Europe )

  5. Nancy says:

    I enjoy your blog. My husband and I are doing the LCHF diet together and we both feel so much better. I now shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Keep the good news coming.

    • KetoWoman says:

      Gee, thank you so much! Just when I wonder if anyone really reads it, I get a nice message from someone. I really appreciate it!

  6. Sara Longworth says:

    I concede that I am finding eating so much fat difficult … I find so guilty! I am currently going through Keto Flu (strangely after doing the diet for 2 weeks – must be that I finally struck the right balance. Love your blog!

    • anitabreeze says:

      Thanks for visiting Sara, your comments really mean a lot to me. Keto Flu can be difficult but once you see it through you will feel so much better! Just keep thinking to yourself “When this is over, my body will be burning fat!”

  7. anitabreeze says:

    I meant to have the recipe up and posted by now, things got so busy at work this week. But it’s coming!

  8. anitabreeze says:

    I hope you do, read some of my other posts and feel free to contact me.

  9. anitabreeze says:

    Reducing fast food and eating real food is always a good idea. Supersize Me changed me forever!

    • Bel says:

      Yes I totally agree with cutting back and not eating Fastfoods because it makes you crave more, plus you feel bad after it. I like it but it doesn’t like me. Any suggestions let me know.

  10. Melanie Roberts says:

    Thanks for a great post, I never heard of LCHF diet and now can’t wait to try it and even learn more about it; sounds interesting and I’m all about being healthy

  11. Amanda says:

    I am also a big believer in healthy fats and balanced eating. The truth is we eat so unhealthy now and fad diets make it so much worse. Eating real, whole foods are so important and your salmon looks delicious!!!

  12. Pepper says:

    I’m a big believer in healthy fats in our diets. I just wish I could figure out the balance of calories. I don’t believe in calorie in calorie out, it just doesn’t work. But when I raise my calorie intake I just don’t get anywhere.

    • anitabreeze says:

      I use My Fitness Pal (a free app) to help with this. The Keto diet is more about ratios than calories. So on my 1500 calorie a day plan, MFP helps me to achieve my ratios of 75% fat, 5% carbs and 20% protein.

  13. PamIW says:

    Interesting article. I love the title ” The slimming of Alert Bay”. If people think back, man was thin when all they ate was meat and fruits. No process sugar. No refined grains. Makes a lot of sense.

    • anitabreeze says:

      Ya, it sure does make sense to me. The people of Alert Bay are simply returning to what they were eating less than 100 years ago.

  14. Sarah Bailey says:

    Wow so interesting it’s amazing how perhaps our bodies are used to what our ancestors ate and we should stop following all this diet talk as a whole and look at it more individually x

  15. Pam says:

    This lunch really does look good. I am in serious need of adjusting my diet. I have been gaining weight lately and know it is because I have been eating too much junk.

  16. Jennifer Williams says:

    There are so many different diets out there and unfortunately the research is so different. You can basically find the research to support what ever you want to believe. I do think though that a healthy diet and exercise is extremely important to everyone but that not everyone can follow the same diet or exercise plan. We each have to find what works for us and if this is what works for you, then enjoy it!

  17. Kate says:

    Wow, this looks so good! I need to read up on the Ketogenic diet since I don’t know anything about it.

  18. mail4rosey says:

    I agree with you that real foods are the way to go. We get so hung up on junk (myself included) that it’s hard to remember what a ‘real’ diet should look like.

  19. JadeLouise Designs says:

    Wow, we knew that for my body personally I do a lot better with a high fat low carb diet. I just feel a lot better. But never knew it was an actual diet that had a name like Ketogenic.

  20. Theresa says:

    Because of a health issue, I have to be very cautious of what diets I take. I am interested in seeing how this turns out for you. Your lunch certainly does look delicious!

  21. Karen Hewitt says:

    Thanks for explaining, I have been curious to what the Ketogenic diet actually is and its making sense

  22. Kay Adeola says:

    Thank you for sharing this i have not really heard about this diet but i will be looking up about it now 🙂

  23. anitabreeze says:

    I actually do not consider this diet or even Atkins for that matter to be fad diets. Easy to stay on? No, especially with all the processed foods we are faced with every day. But if you look into it, this is the way people ate for centuries before the age of agriculture and before all the GMO and super modified foods. Our current way of eating as a society is a fad that I hope leaves us!

  24. I’ve been hearing more and more about Ketogenic diet and have been wanting to read up more on it. Thanks for sharing and looking forward to hearing more about it.

  25. Michele says:

    I think it truly depends on the individual–for me I have to keep my carbs low now (diabetic) and fats I try to keep moderate–protein is where I allow myself to EAT!! Moderation should be the key ingredient to everyone’s diet.

  26. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says:

    It’s really an interesting concept and I hope that it really does work for you if you choose to follow it.

  27. crystal says:

    This is such an interesting concept to me. I look forward to seeing what happens. I like the idea though.

  28. Rachee says:

    Low fat diets have been beat into my head. I am so curious to see what your results are. I’ll stay tuned; I want to try something new.

    • anitabreeze says:

      The government has done an excellent job of beating the low fat dogma into us! More and more scientists are now providing evidence to the contrary.

  29. Teresa McCluskey says:

    Your lunch looks really good, I am working on getting healthy so this post pointed out some good info thank you!

  30. Motherbugs says:

    It can seem lie it’s extreme up until someone really fully reads about it. I think any diet is like that. Something seems so drastic yet the real thing we should be thinking about is the outcome. Will it actaully help in the long run? That dish looks wonderful

    • anitabreeze says:

      Yes, you are right and I do believe that for me, this is how I want to eat long term. I also believe that eating real foods with healthy fats will help me in the long run!

  31. Terry My Journey With Candida says:

    I eat a very low carb diet, but I eat a lot more vegetables than I do fat. I don’t eat a lot of fat at all. Your lunch looks delish!!

    • anitabreeze says:

      Thanks Terry! You are one of those lucky people who is naturally lean and what you are doing is working for you so enjoy! Vegetables are great! I’m suggesting that people who struggle with obesity rethink their relationship with real foods, and that includes fats.

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