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    Kim S.

    I need direction help

    I started low carb 2 years ago due to pre diabetic I got that under control and have been a little off track this year and now diagnosed with cardio artery disease.  My dr said low fat diet but I am thinking I can still do the low carb but getting confused because low carb is high fat.

    So I have been doing 30 g carb but what do I need to stay in the range with the low fat.  Are you able to help me with this?  Do you have a tracker




    Alain .

    Good afternoon Kim,

    Thank you for contacting LFLC.

    Low carb does not necessarily mean low fat, however, it isn’t usually recommended to eat low in both macronutrients. Your body needs to use either carbs or fat as energy and if it doesn’t have either, it can start burning your muscle for energy (which is not recommended).

    Some people who are low fat, eat less then 30% of their total calories from fat. Unfortunately, we do not have a tracker to determine your grams of fat.

    When it comes to treating disease, it is always recommend to follow your doctors orders.

    Thank you



    Gretchen U.


    I was also told to avoid fats by my doctor as I have a fatty liver. I also like the low carb way of eating because it keeps my diabetes in check. I am starting over as I fell off the wagon last year. So, this time, I am avoiding fried foods, processed foods as much as possible, and switching to a vegetarian way of eating. Extra virgin olive oil is a great source of healthy fat.

    I don’t subscribe to the notion of eating foods labeled as “low-fat” because they are usually loaded with extra carbs and sugar.

    Avoid fried foods and eat lean proteins. Ask your doctor to clarify how low of a % of fat he/she wants you to eat.

    Hope that helps – Gretchen


    Patricia J.

    Hi Gretchen,

    I’m Patricia – the nutritionist at LFLC.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us and Kim.  We agree that low-fat food labels are often misleading.  Stick to whole foods, always, and aim to get your carbs from lots of vegetables.  We also like olive oil, but make sure that you are getting your omega 3s to help balance to ratio of omega 3:omega 6.  Foods like flax, chia, hemp and fresh water fish will give you lots of omega 3s.

    Good luck to both of you!  See you in the forum.

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