One of the most hyped diets of the nineties and early noughties, the low carb diet’s reputation well and truly precedes it. While it all started with Dr Robert C Atkins of the eponymous Atkins diet in the sixties, it is regularly re-packaged under a new name with a slightly different spin. Recently, we’ve had the paleo and ketogenic diets.
What is a low carb diet?
Various low car diets are based on the premise that the body will burn fat when carbohydrate levels are kept relatively low, by cutting bread, pasta and sugar, and upping foods naturally high in fat and protein, such as meat, fish, cheese, nuts and seeds. It’s vital to note that, as with most things, there are different ways of doing low carb. Some people might focus on, say, pork, beef and eggs, others might go hard on nut butter, avocados and sardines.