What is considered a low carb diet is relative to (1) the individual and (2) their dietary needs or health concerns. The average Western diet consists of eating around 200g of carbs per day. Therefore, based on this statistic, a low carb diet is technically a diet with less than 200g of carbs per day. However, since this is based on an average, some people likely eat much more than 200g of carbs per day while some likely eat fewer than 200g of carbs per day. For this reason, what is considered a low carb diet is somewhat relative to the amount of carbs an individual currently eats and their health needs or concerns.
So, let’s look at a couple of scenarios to see how what is considered a low carb diet can vary from person to person. First, let’s just look at an individual wanting to lose weight. And secondly, an individual with carb related health concerns.
1. Individual Wanting To Lose Weight
SCENARIO 1: An individual that is merely interested in shedding some unwanted weight may be eating 300g carbs per day. With all else remaining the same, if the person decided to only eat 200g carbs per day, they are on a low carb diet relative to where they originally started. Initially, this individual will shed some unwanted weight and their overall health may start to improve. With that said, however, if this individual tells someone on a stricter low carb diet that they are on a low carb diet, they may scoff, laugh, or even want to refute the matter. However, you have personally started a low carb diet journey relative to your typical carb intake.
SCENARIO 2: Historically, an individual may have eaten traditional breads, pastas, rice, or grains of some sort with every meal. However, once they decided to start a low carb diet life, an individual may decide not to count calories and carbs. Instead, they may decide to just avoid eating breads, pastas, rice, and grains during the weekday. Then, only eat certain carbs on the weekend. Technically, this person would also be on a low carb diet because they are limiting carbs during the week and only eating carbs in moderation on the weekend.
2. Individual With Health Concerns
Now let’s say that an individual is diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes.
SCENARIO 1: A prediabetic may decide to be a bit more progressive. They may want to work toward the goal of getting on and staying on a strict low carb diet to prevent prediabetes from progressing. This is what the 30 Day Low Carb Diet Challenge for Beginners is designed to help with.
SCENARIO 2: On the other hand, a diabetic may be put on medications by their physician. At this point, the doctor or nutritionist may put a diabetic on a “prescribed” low carb diet (diabetic diet) with more or less carbs to fit their dietary needs based on their prescribed treatment regime.
So, in summary, what is considered a low carb diet can be relative to you and your current way of eating or based on your health concerns/needs. However, to the degree in which you reduce the number of carbs in your diet while re-arranging your macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) will determine if you fall into a certain type of low carb diet.
You can be on a basic low carb diet by mindfully limiting your carb intake on a daily basis. On the other hand, you can be on a much stricter ketogenic type of low carb diet. The popular keto diet is a high fat, strict low carb diet. While the once more popular Atkins diet is a high protein, strict low carb diet.
Low Carb Diet Life provides strict low carb keto recipes that can fit all types of low carb diet needs. Those that are interested in weight loss, the unwanted pounds can start disappearing with a basic low carb diet or a strict keto diet. However, it is recommended that you take the 30 Day Low Carb Diet Challenge for Beginners before going on the stricter keto diet. This concludes – What Is Considered A Low Carb Diet.