A GP guide to low-carb, healthy-fat diets for obesity
With low-carbohydrate, healthy-fat diets increasing in popularity, know how to support patients in implementing this safe and efficacious option for obesity
Need to know:
- There is a range of evidence that supports a low-carbohydrate, healthy-fat (LCHF) diet as an option to aid obesity management.
- GPs need to know how to respond appropriately to patients who are already using the LCHF approach for obesity and diabetes.
- LCHF offers several advantages for people wanting to lose weight:
- Increased energy expenditure with no decrease in basal metabolic rate.
- Greater satiety at isocaloric intakes.
- Positive impact on insulin resistance and metabolic parameters.
- Low risk profile. LCHF diets are safe and may be recommended as a first-line approach.
- Cost-effectiveness compared with options such as meal replacements, bariatric surgery and pharmacotherapy.
- LCHF can be adjusted to fit a range of eating preferences.
- This dietary approach may be used alongside other treatments, including drugs and bariatric