As promised, here’s a quick overview of an LCHF/ketogenic diet.
Side note: I would more quickly label myself as eating primally now rather than eating a strict/stereotypical ketogenic diet (but that’s really all in the connotation), but I definitely started my journey sticking very close to the outline I’ll describe below!
Also a disclaimer: Just because this diet has been right for me up until this point, does not mean it will be perfect for you. It may not always be perfect for me, either! Your own sense of your body is your number one resource, and trumps any personal dietary advice anyone else can give you.
A ketogenic diet consists of 70% fat, 20% protein, and 10% carbohydrates.
How it works–the standard American diet has our bodies running on glucose, which comes from your carbs and sugars. When practically eliminating glucose from your diet, your body switches into a state called ketosis and instead burns fat, or ketones, instead of glucose.
Origins–if you look at the history of food as a whole, agriculture (the beginning of incorporating a lot of grains and sugars into our diets) has been around for a very short amount of time. The first recorded successful tribes of mankind survived and thrived on fats, keeping the fattiest cuts of meat for themselves and throwing the lean pieces (like the filet) to the dogs. The majority of our relationship with food as a people did not involve agriculture…something to think about.
Benefits–Many people lose weight eating this way due to the unlocking of fat stores in the body for energy production; a higher focus & energy concentration (after all, your brain is made of fat); healing from issues caused by inflammation (migraines, chronic pain, acne); glowing skin & healthier hair; no more midday crashes (due to the consistency of your blood sugar when it doesn’t get overload with high-carb, sugary foods)
These are from my own personal findings and experience–but please check out the links below if you’re curious and hear from actual experts in the area:
A Beginner’s Guide: http://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb
Disclaimer: As always, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or medical professional of any kind. This is simply my experience, and knowledge I’ve gained through reading & research.