Slow-carb and Ketogenic Diets: What Are They? – Ubuntu Medical Brisbane

February 12, 2019

 

A very effective method to lead a healthier lifestyle is through dieting. There are so many different types of diets that one can follow nowadays, which offers diversity and the flexibility to choose a diet which suits us better.

This article briefly describes two highly effective diets: slow-carb and ketogenic (keto) diet, both that aim to limit carbohydrate intake and reduce fat storage in the body.

 

What is a slow-carb diet?

A slow-carb diet encourages the consumption of high amounts of protein, legumes and vegetables, while it restricts the consumption of white carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and bread, which all promote fat storage in the body.

The fascinating fact about this diet is that you need to be mindful of what your consume for six days a week but then, you get one cheat day, where there are absolutely no restrictions! Such cheat days are highly encouraged as they act as motivation to persist on the slow-carb diet.

 

…and what is a ketogenic (keto) diet?

A keto diet is also a a high-fat, very low-carb diet that increases the production of ketones in the body. The production of this small chemical molecule helps the body burn and use fat as fuel, rather than the sugars that we intake, usually in the form of carbohydrates such as rice, pasta and sugary food. This diet helps burn fat efficiently while improving overall health, and has also been linked to be effective against diabetes and epilepsy.

 

What are some benefits of slow-carb and keto diets?

Although the two diets have significant differences, they possess general similarities such as:

  • Reduced appetite and weight loss;
  • Healthier feel;
  • Lighter sensation of the body;
  • Improved blood pressure and lower levels of blood sugar insulin, which drastically reduce risks of heart diseases;
  • Increased count of good cholesterol in the blood; and
  • Therapeutic for several brain disorders

 

Examples of foods you can/cannot eat in slow-carb and keto diets

 

Want to know more and get guidance on how to tailor these diets to your lifestyle? Or even other diets or just dieting in general?

Our friendly medical staff will happily discuss with you and will be happy to assist you with positive modifications you could bring to your lifestyle. You can consult our Naturopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist, Andrea Southern, or alternatively discuss with our GPs, Dr. Julie O’Connor, and Dr. Kathy O’Sullivan, who can provide you with further information.

Call Ubuntu Medical on (07) 3857 3777 or email us at [email protected]