Let’s be honest: some people out there have a metabolism so messed up that switching from a seven day a week fast food diet to a proper ketogenic diet would require an enormous willpower, the same as if not more than quitting smoking.
Too many keto advocates tend to act like zealots, pushing for a “all or nothing” solution that can certainly work well for some, but at the same time could be seen as too hard for many other.
So, how low should low carb be?
Well, the answer to this question is simple: any reduction in the amount of carbohydrates in a diet will have a positive effect, even just drinking your coffee black (instead of gulping down a half a litre frappuccino with three sugars) or chucking the cereals to the choocks and skipping breakfast altogether.
It’s all relative, folks. If your current diet includes plenty of bread, pasta, fruit and potatoes, consider reducing those amounts and upping a little bit your protein quota to compensate and keep the hunger at bay (unless you already eat three steaks a day). You certainly won’t see a dramatic effect, but you’ll loose weight and improve your health.
Of course, if you think you can tolerate one or two weeks of discomfort (well, depending on your situation it could be as long as a month…) I would strongly suggest to take the plunge and reduce your carbs below 50 grams per day from the start. Is it that easy? Well, no. You’ll need to adjust your proteins and fat amounts (our macro calculator will be online soon to help you with this), but that’s really all it takes.