If you are new to the world of low carb, you may have noticed it is a completely different way of thinking. You have probably already come across many acronyms and phrases that people commonly use. Here is a list of common low carb acronyms and phrases you are likely to see.
LCHF- Low carb high fat.
This is the foundation of a true low carb diet. It involves completely changing your perspective on what is healthy food. Generally people aim to stay between 20 to 50 carbs a day depending on what stage they are in. Processed foods are typically loaded with carbs and discouraged, while fat is healthy and highly encouraged. Examples would be ranch dressing, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, cheese, HWC and other high fat products.
This the main principle of a low carb diet. It focuses on high fat, adequate protein and low carbs. It forces the body into ketosis, where it burns fast instead of carbs, as we provide the body with very few of them to use. This diet is sometimes used in medicine to treat refractory epilepsy.
BPC- Bullet Proof Coffee
This is a common morning tradition for the LC community. It involves blending melted butter and sometimes heavy whipping cream with coffee to increase fat content. Some also feel it helps keep them regular, as constipation is a common problem in this community.
HWC- Heavy Whipping Cream-
You will find HWC in many low carb recipes. It is commonly used in coffee, and as a cream base for soups and sauces.
IF- Intermittent Fasting
This is a technique common in the body building community. It consists of “narrowing” the window of which you eat, and not necessarily limiting how much you eat. For Example, twice a week you may push breakfast up to noon and only eat from the hours of noon to 6. The idea behind this is to push your body into fasting and burning fat longer.
WOE- Way of Eating
Many dedicated low carbers like to view low carb as a way of eating. As in changing how they look at food for good. Many people criticize low carb diet as they gain the weight right back after stopping. Others have made a commitment to continually watch carbs as they go through life as anyone who goes back to the way they were eating before, is going to look like they did before! This is also similar to WOL (way of living or way of life)
NSV- Non Scale Victory
Many people report stalls as with any weight loss journey. However, even when the scale doesn’t move, people are still seeing results in inches, compliments, clothes fitting better, ect… The scale doesn’t always determine your success.
Fat bombs are homemade high-fat, low-carb and low-protein snacks. They are a convenient source of energy and are ideal for those who need to add healthy fats in their diet to meet daily macronutrient goals. They are also used for sugar cravings as sugar is generally frowned upon in the low carb community. You can literally find hundreds of recipes online.
When you hear people talking about reaching their macros, they mean their macronutrient goals. The LC thinking changes around what nutrients are major portions of your diet. The picture above is a common ratio in the ketogenic diet. You can calculate your own macronutrient goals here. Not everyone monitors their macros on a LC diet. Often, just counting carbs is enough.
FF- Fat Fast
This is where one would try to get 90% of their intake to be fat. Some people have even reported nibbling on a brick of cream cheese all day. It may sound crazy, but it is meant to get the body used to burning fats for fuels. If that is the only thing you provide your body with for the day, guess what it has to use? FAT! This is typically only done for 2-3 days max, as it can be unhealthy long term. Most people use it to overcome a weight loss stall, or to get into ketosis. You can learn more about fat fasting here.
This is another commonly used method to break a weight loss stall. Some people prefer it over a fat fast as it is easier. This fast is typically 3-5 days long where one would eat nothing but meat. Any kind of meat is acceptable, and butter and olive oil and mayo are okay. Dairy, cheese, and veggies are generally avoided. Up to 2 eggs a day are allowed and plenty of water is encouraged. Soda, coffee and caffeine are also avoided. Read more about the Meat Fast Here.
A whoosh is where a person is typically having difficulty losing weight for a few days or weeks. Then, suddenly they are down several pounds overnight. May people believe this is due to the fat cells in the body holding on to water before finally giving out and releasing and disappearing.
What Low Carb phrases Have you come across?