As we kick off the next 90 Day Low Carb Challenge, I wanted to give you a list of common terms and acronyms used in the low carb community.
By the way, my Challenge Group stays open & active year round, with several Official Challenges throughout the year. Join us and jump right in anytime!
Whether you join this challenge – or any low carb forum or community – you’ll run across many abbreviations, terms and acronyms that you’re not familiar with. This post should prove helpful.
Karen says: I’m new. As I read through some posts, I see abbreviations I don’t understand. Such as WOE. Also, what is a fat bomb? Thank you!
If you’re new to the Low Carb Diet, the first thing you should know is that there’s a science to way it works. The science is based on Food Combining and is often referred to as LCHF – meaning Low Carb High Fat. When you eat low carb, your body makes a chemical change from burning carbs/sugar for energy… to burning fat for energy.
This chemical change puts your body in a state of Ketosis, and many people experience symptoms during the first week (during the chemical change) that are referred to as the “Induction Flu” or “Atkins Flu”. You may experience headaches, edginess, insomnia, leg cramps, etc. This means the diet is working! And trust me, it passes – and with it, so do your usual cravings.
Eating healthy fats is necessary on the Low Carb Diet since that is what your body will now use for fuel (energy). If you try to eat low fat AND low carb, your weight loss will totally stall as your body won’t know *what* to burn for energy.
Quick Reference: Low Carb Acronyms & Common Terms
LC = Low Carb
LCHF = Low Carb High Fat
LCF = Low Carb Friends (usually used to address members of a low carb group or community)
SF = Sugar Free
AS – Artificial Sweeteners
WOE = Way of Eating (as in, eating low carb as a lifestyle, instead of a diet).
HWC = Heavy Whipping Cream (most of us use that as coffee creamer).
BPC = Bullet Proof Coffee
Fat Bomb = A very high fat (if not ALL fat) snack
NSV = Non Scale Victory (such as losing inches, less swelling/pain, being able to fit into your favorite pair of jeans again, getting a compliment from a friend or coworker, etc)
Fat Fast = A very high fat (short term) meal plan generally used to help you break a weight loss stall.
Are there any Low Carb terms or acronyms not listed here that you would like to ask about? Leave a comment below! And for the more experienced low carb “lifers”, feel free to add to the list by leaving a comment below as well. Thanks!