Factors associated with the decision to eat a zero-carbohydrate diet: A theory-based study.
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Description: Experts disagree about what counts as a ‘healthy’ diet. While predominant dietary guidelines promote high carbohydrate consumption, there is evidence suggesting that (refined) carbohydrates cause conditions such as the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. Against this background, an increasing number of people report eating a diet that excludes, or, severely limits, carbohydrates (a “zero-carb” diet), consequently prioritizing foods of animal origin. This study obtained in-depth information about the beliefs, experiences, and perspectives associated with the decision to adopt a zero-carb diet, among a group of 170 self-identified zero-carb eaters.