ChipMonk TV: What is the Low Carb Diet

The low carbohydrate diet has become increasingly popular. I used this kind of eating lifestyle to lower my blood sugar and control my type two diabetes. In this video, I dive into what it is, how it works and who it can help.

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"Hey guys, this is Jose with ChipMonk Baking, and today we are going to be talking about the low carbohydrate diet:

  • Why it's important

  • How do you do it?

  • What is it good for?

To start off, the low carbohydrate diet is a lifestyle choice designed to improve overall health by substituting out carbohydrates and sugar in favor of more nutrient dense foods like vegetables and healthy fats. The low carbohydrate diet is actually a variation of the keto, the Atkins, or the paleo diet, they just have different ranges by which you intake carbs.

Generally you want to keep your carb intake anywhere between 5-20% (daily calories) to qualify for this low carb diet. That's what I managed to do to reverse my type II diabetes, I stuck to about 10-20% of my calories in carbohydrates, coming from nuts seeds, leafy greens and vegetables, and a very minimal amount of starchy vegetables like potatoes or yams.

The low carb diet is a way by which your body can lower its blood sugar over time because you are not eating all the processed and refined things like bread, pasta, rice, and unfortunately dessert and cakes which are pretty full of refined sugars and things that are very energy dense but not necessarily nutrient dense.

So here's the thing that is actually your friend on the low carb diet. You're gonna be eating a lot more fat and a low more protein. And I want you to embrace that. That's the benefit of this diet. You get to eat savory foods, but you have to substitute out of certain things that you might have a lot of in your diet. 

So here's some tips to follow when doing a low carb high fat diet: Most importantly when you buy your food, read the labels. Check to make sure there's not a lot of added sugar or high carb counts, and also look out for processed carbs. Processed carbs are gonna be anything that doesn't look the way that it was when it was picked out of the ground. So wheat is converted into flour and is heavily refined. That's what we're trying to avoid here. Anything that's been heavily processed. 

Don't be afraid of fats. Fats are your friend. There's good fats and bad fats. You're gonna want to stay away from hydrogenated oils, but for the most part unsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, avocado, fish, really really good for you. They help protect your heart. There's just numerous benefits. And beware of the fruit that you're eating. A lot of fruit tends to have a lot of sugar. The best kind of fruit you can have is probably berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, they're high in anti-oxidants and they are good for your body. 

So again. guys, low carb high fat diets are a good way to improve your health by lowering sugar consumption, lowering processed foods, raising the body's natural HDL, which is a healthy cholesterol, and at the same time it's a great diet to follow when you have a metabolic condition like diabetes because it plays to all the strengths of my body, and people with diabetes, with none of the negatives of sugar."

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