Low carb diets

In general, low carb diets restrict digestible carbohydrate and replace them with high-protein foods.

Typically, the aim of these diets is to reduce carbohydrate intake to between 20g to 60g per day. Your brain alone requires around 130g of carbohydrate per day to function properly.

Do low carb diets work?

Cutting down your carbohydrate might seem like a good way to lose weight, but at best it’s a short term solution.

It is true that some people lose weight by reducing their carbohydrates. However, one reason for this is that when people eat fewer carbohydrates, they also incidentally consume fewer kilojoules.

In reality, excluding carbohydrate from your diet can work against your efforts to manage a healthy weight, and it can even be damaging to your health.

Starving your body of carbs forces it to burn stored glucose in muscles and then break down fat stores, in order to fuel your brain. This is ineffective and it produces by-products called ketones, which have been known to cause:

  • Light-headedness
  • Lethargy
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Bad breath

Research strongly indicates that people who begin low carb diets are unable to stick with them for an effective amount of time. Many who see results at first regain their excess weight within the first 6-12 months.

Low carb diets are temporary solutions which can impact your health adversely.

About carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are essential for energy, and they are a great source of many minerals and vitamins that the body needs to function.

When carbohydrates are broken down by the body, they produces glucose. This glucose is vital to the functioning of systems, cells, and tissues, and can also be used to regulate the digestive system and maintain good digestive health.

When most people think of carbs they think about bread and pasta, but the most useful carbs for your health and wellbeing are found in:

  • Fruits and vegetables – these have a high water content and are low in calories and starch. Whiles some are high in sugar, the presence of fibre helps to absorb sugar during digestion.
  • Whole grains – these are thought to provide the richest source of complex carbohydrates. Whole grains are present in brown rice, wheat bread, and oatmeal.
  • Beans – the best beans have high fibre content and help you to feel fuller for longer.

Aside from the fact that carbohydrates are important for a healthy body, there is your mind to consider too.

Being fulfilled by our food, both in terms of hunger and taste, is a big part of personal contentment. Restricting your diet to exclude nutritious foods that help you to feel physically and emotionally satisfied is not sustainable – especially when the results are negligible or even harmful.

The healthy way to lose weight

By eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you will have the foundation of a diet with all the right kinds of carbs.

Eating a balanced diet that is high in these foods has been shown to contribute to weight loss and to lower cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure

When it comes to the food you eat, balancing variety with moderation will ensure that you don’t need to resort to avoiding entire food groups.

Jenny - A Total Solution

Ultimately, the most effective weight management diet is not a diet at all – it’s a lifestyle.

Jenny’s menu is based on the guidelines of many health organisations. It distributes kilojoules in recommended amounts, for safe and long term weight loss:

  • 55-60% carbohydrate
  • 20-25% protein 
  • 20-25% fat

We believe that eating a healthy diet is all about fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains as a complement to Jenny's portion controlled meals and snacks. A nutritious menu, a personalised activity plan and the motivational support to maintain positive changes are your keys to success.