Be aware: this is only the goal of this diet, not necessarily its outcome. Results vary from person to person. Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any other) diet.
The Low-carb works diet was invented by Harriët Verkoelen (a Dutch dietician). The diet is, as the name suggests, about limiting your daily carbohydrates intake. The diet is aimed at people who want to lose weight and improve or restore their health.
On the homepage you can compare this diet with other diets.
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According to Harriët, body fat is created by the carbohydrates you consume. That is why you should pay special attention to how many carbohydrates you eat per day.
In the book 'Harriët's Law', she gives a number of options to lose weight:
There is no need to pay attention to how much fat you consume, while following this diet. Fat from food is not converted into body fat, says Harriet. You can therefore eat products with a lot of fat. Think of avocado or olive oil, but also of animal fat from pigs.
Most fruits contain a lot of carbohydrates. So you will have to limit the amount of fruit you eat when following this diet. Harriët does stress that you should eat enough vegetables.
Low-carb works! is also aimed at people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It is supposed to help reduce the use of diabetes medication and the fluctuation of blood sugar values, according to Harriët. The book 'Overcoming Diabetes' (a Dutch book, named ‘Diabetes overwinnen’ in Dutch) was written specifically for people with diabetes who want to follow a low-carb diet.
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Besides positive effects in diabetes, this carbohydrate-restricted diet should also help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation, according to Harriët.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting this (or any) diet. It is possible to contact Harriët Verkoelen (dietician) directly.
Harriët Verkoelen wrote several books about the low-carb diet. Below an overview. These books are all in Dutch. The titels are translated for this page.
Examples of other low-carb diets are the Keto diet, the Dr. Frank diet and the Cambridge diet. A complete overview of low-carb diets can be found here.
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Low-carb is available in many forms. I myself favour the non-strict form with about 50-80 grams of carbohydrates. That way, you can eat all kinds of products including some fruit and bread and it does have nice effects. Many people eat far too many carbohydrates, so usually the slight restriction is already a nice health improvement. Loss of weight, no hunger or mood swings, less joint pain, fewer bowel problems, healthier skin and, of course, better blood glucose levels. With this type of diet, even if you are an athlete, you can sometimes continue to train with some extra carbohydrates. Find a dietician who can guide you through a low-carb diet.
With the professional help of a dietitian it should be easier to reach your goals. Please contact a dietician in your area or talk to a doctor before starting any diet.
Please take note that most diets do not have a scientific basis.
Consult your doctor or dietician before starting a diet, especially if you have a chronic condition like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease or kidney disease.
If you think you might have an eating disorder (like anorexia or bulimia), it is important to look for professional help. Contact your (house) doctor or find help elsewhere. Here you can find a list of several websites that can provide (online) help. These sites also provide information for people that know someone with an eating disorder.