What are the most common low-carb myths? How often do you see conflicting information about low-carb myths? So many websites, with what looks like scientifically-based information (often backed by food companies) convince you that their products are ok to eat, even absolutely necessary for your health!

Do you have any low-carb myths that you’ve always believed? Let’s take a look at the most common and persistent low-carb myths.

1. Low Carb Myth – Low carb diets are a fad

Nope, sorry, humans have been eating this way for thousands of years.

Our ancestors started eating raw meat millions of years ago – like other animals did/do.

400,000 years ago we started eating cooked meat. 

Our brains started to grow. From 250mls to 1,500mls capacity. Purely due to eating cooked meat.

When our brain grew, something had to shrink. 

Our gut shrank so we could have a big brain. 

An Orangutan is the same weight as us and has a huge gut and small brain – they are herbivores.

When agriculture started, our brains started to shrink – approx. 10%.

10,000 years ago, animals were domesticated. 

200 years ago – The industrial revolution started – this is when things went downhill. Crops were harvested en masse; grains became more prominent in our diet and our health has been declining ever since. Read more about human evolution here.

Humans have been naturally low-carb for millennia; it’s only been the last 50-odd years we have been told to eat carbs. Funny how that coincides with the increase in mass-produced, processed foods.

2. Low Carb Myth – Low carb diets are hard to stick to

Actually, they are easy to stick to because there is no deprivation. 

A low carb lifestyle is not calorie-restricted which is what causes deprivation/hunger.

That’s because restricting carbohydrates leads to a reduction in appetite.

When you reduce your processed carbs, you increase your protein and fat intake. 

Protein suppresses your appetite more than carbs and fat.

Fat keeps you feeling fuller for longer so you aren’t constantly snacking or looking for things to eat.

variety of low carb food

3. Low Carb Myth – Low carb diets are bad for your heart

This is a common belief because low-carbers eat healthy fat, including saturated fat, which is incorrectly believed to increase cholesterol and cause heart disease.

Cholesterol is not harmful to humans. In fact, almost every cell in the body makes cholesterol.

Cholesterol has been given a bad rap in the last few decades as being the reason many people have heart attacks. Here is the origin story of that.

Cholesterol is an essential substance, not one to be avoided.

heart beat and stethoscope

If we don’t have enough, our body will manufacture cholesterol, that’s how vital it is.

Cholesterol itself is not the problem, it’s how it is transported within the body that can be a problem. By eating a highly processed high-carb diet, our body carries cholesterol as oxidised LDL which can begin the process of inflammation and damage our blood vessels.

Triglycerides (Trigs) are the most typical fat found in our diet, blood, and fat cells. Increasing fat consumption lowers body Trigs. Increasing carbohydrate levels increases Trigs.

4. Low Carb Myth – Low-carb diets are dangerous!

Not sure where this one comes from. Maybe from people who still believe the current ‘healthy’ diet pyramid is the way we should all be eating with grains, bread, and cereal as the major foundation of our diet.

Living a low-carb lifestyle can lower and stabilise your blood sugars, improve your heart health and certainly reduce inflammation in your body.

5. Low Carb Myth – You need carbs for energy

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need carbs for energy.

If you consume too many carbs, your body will not use more than it needs. Excess carbs convert to sugar and get stored as fat. Sufficiently reduce your carb intake and you will switch from being a sugar burner to a fat burner, and you will be in ketosis. Weight loss will follow.

junk food belly

Fat is a more efficient fuel for your body. When your body is burning fat instead of carbs, you will have more constant energy (no mid-afternoon slumps) and have improved concentration. Read more benefits here.

Did you know your body will always burn carbohydrates before it starts burning fat?

6. Low Carb Myth – Ketosis is dangerous

Don’t confuse ketosis and ketoacidosis. 

Ketoacidosis is a dangerous metabolic state that mainly happens in unmanaged type 1 diabetes and can be fatal. 

Ketosis is a natural fat-burning process in the body.

Ketosis is activated in the body by a low-carb diet and is a healthy metabolic state.

Ketoacidosis is dangerous, but ketosis on a ketogenic diet is perfectly normal, healthy, and necessary for weight loss.

7. Low Carb Myth – Your brain needs carbs to function

Our bodies actually run better when burning fat as opposed to burning carbs, a process known as ketosis. See point 6 above.

Your brain does need carbs, but your body can produce the small amount of glucose (which is a carb) that other parts of your brain still need to function.

On a low-carb diet, when you reduce your carb intake enough to induce ketosis, your brain will stop using the glucose and start using ketones for fuel instead.

8. Low Carb Myth – Carbs are essential

Carbohydrates are one of 3 macronutrients along with Fat and Protein.

However, carbs are not ‘essential’ to survive.

Our brains require glucose which does come from carbs, but the amount required can be produced within your body.

9. Low Carb Myth – You eat too much protein and fat

When you embrace a low-carb lifestyle you will need to eat a moderate amount of protein, primarily from animal sources.

Don’t worry about eating too much. It is very difficult to overeat protein without feeling full first. Protein helps to manage your appetite, as does fat.

A good rule of thumb for your protein is to keep your portion about the same size as your fist which equates to about 120g.

It’s important to know that fat doesn’t make you fat, carbs do.

Our bodies need fat to function. It is a primary source of fuel for the body.

Eating more healthy fat makes you feel full for longer and many studies have demonstrated that when people eat all they want on a low carb diet, they naturally eat fewer calories, without trying to restrict the amount they eat.

Always eat healthy protein and fat from whole foods, not from processed food.

10. Low Carb Myth – Low-carb slows down your metabolism

Nope! Eating a low-carb diet can help put your body in a healthy metabolic state and allows stored fat to be used, reducing fat in your fat cells. Your blood sugars will stabilise and insulin resistance will improve. You will also reduce your overall risk of developing metabolic syndrome.

Once you know and understand the basics of low-carb eating, you will understand it’s not a fad diet, it’s a healthy, permanent lifestyle choice that provides wonderful health benefits.

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