Spring has sprung and like clockwork we are all becoming conscious of what we’re eating and of course our weight

Who better to explain how to go low-carb and stay healthy than the low-carb experts at GO-LO who have developed a whole new foodie world of low-carb options and recipes so you not only feel like you’re eating ‘normal food’ but also reap all the benefits of making healthier food choices.

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What is a low-carb diet?

A low-carb diet is a way of eating that restricts how many carbohydrates you eat.

“We should be eating un-refined, complex carbs and not the unhealthy re-fined “Simple” carbs. Natural un-refined complex carbs can be found in just about everything we eat. Meat, fish, herbs, vegetables, whole grains, spices, legumes, nuts, fruits etc.,” says GO-LO

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“A balanced natural healthy low-carb lifestyle, including the right amount of monounsaturated fats and protein per day, can also include up to 80+ natural (complex) carbs with some exercise. This will improve greatly one’s health and daily performance,” they add.

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Where does your energy come from when you eat low-carb?

Going low carb is often coupled with going high fat in diets like the Keto diet where your body is said to be fuelled by fat rather than carbohydrates. This means your body is transformed into a fat-burning machine and the kilos should be falling off in no time.

“If the body is now burning healthy fat for fuel, it is important to ingest the natural healthy non-processed fats, such as monounsaturated fat. The lowering of carbohydrate intake allows for higher fat intake. A low-carb, high fat and medium protein balanced diet are healthy with the provision, that one has a balanced meal full of healthy natural nutrients,” says GO-LO.

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Can children go low-carb?

When building a healthier lifestyle, it is always preferable to take the whole family on the ride too. This not only means having less temptation around your home but also just makes sense. If a healthy lifestyle means a better quality of life, it should be something you want for your whole family, and not just yourself.

When considering your child’s diet, your emphasis should be on packing in the healthy unprocessed foods instead of sugary, refined and processed foods.

“Healthy unprocessed low carbs for children and teenagers will assist in helping to alleviate child obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, ADD & ADHD, depression and many other child ailments,” says Go-LO.