Low Carb Down Under Conference
LCDU advocates that a low carbohydrate, high healthy fat diet is essential to attaining optimal health and weight. This diet has been also been shown to reverse type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease and obesity.
Dr Sanjeev with Dr Rod Taylor at Low Carb Sydney 5 May 2018
LCDU defines a low carb, high healthy fat diet as “less than 30% of your daily calories coming from carbohydrates […] We do this by eating real, whole foods that are not processed – the type of foods our bodies were designed to eat.”
This means cutting out processed and sugary foods, breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, rice, beans, and starchy vegetables.
This might leave you asking – “what can I eat?!”. Don’t despair, there’s plenty of delicious foods available on a low carb, high fat diet, including non-starchy vegetables, meat, eggs, cream, nuts, butter, and olive oil. For a more comprehensive list of recommended foods, see the LCDU “Frequently Asked Questions” page.
A low carb, high fat diet works by restricting the intake of sugars and starches, as the LCDU website explains:
All digestible carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars in the intestine.
When you restrict the amount of sugar and starches (carbohydrates) that you eat, the levels of sugar in your blood begins to stabilise and your need for insulin to remove the sugar from your blood decreases.
Insulin is produced by your pancreas and is a fat storing hormone. Once your insulin levels decrease your body begins to burn your stored fat supplies.
LCDU supports research demonstrating that a low carb, high fat diet can be beneficial to many people – from those wishing to lose weight and/or control diabetes, to those with serious diseases such as cancer, and conditions like epilepsy and neurological disorders. In fact, low carb, high fat diets (otherwise known as a ketogenic diet) have been used to help control seizures in epilepsy patients since the 1930s.
The ketogenic diet is also suitable for healthy adults (even athletes) and children (do not adopt this diet for your child without first consulting their doctor):
In adults as well as children, sugar and starchy refined carbohydrates are processed into energy quickly by the body and produce a sharp spike in blood sugar levels that in turn encourages our bodies to produce insulin. Insulin is a fat storage hormone and prolonged, excessive production of insulin encourages weight gain. Conversely, eating more fats and protein provides a longer, slower and steadier release of energy where blood sugar levels normalise and we remain fuller for longer.
Dr Sanjeev with Dr Gary Fettke at Low Carb Sydney 5 May 2018
In addition, under the guidance of Dr Jason Fung, Dr Sanjeev applies techniques pioneered by him, to manage weight loss and treat metabolic related issues and has helped many diabetics go off their insulin injections by just showing them how to eat the right way.
You can find out more about how a low carb, high fat diet might be beneficial for you on the LCDU website.
Book an appointment to see Dr Sanjeev at Park Medical Group if you want a guided weight loss program or reverse type 2 diabetes, fatty liver and metabolic syndrome through lifestyle modifications without the use of medications, supplements or surgery.