Low-Carb Diet

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 18, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Discussing the topic of low-carb diets not only allows English learners to delve into the world of health and nutrition, but it also enables them to broaden their vocabulary by learning specific terms associated with food, diet and healthy living. Additionally, engaging in discussion about this topic encourages learners to express their opinions and engage in debates.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What Are Low-carb Diets?

Low-carb diets are eating plans that focus on reducing the intake of carbohydrates, such as bread, rice and pasta, while increasing the consumption of protein and healthy fats.

These diets promote the idea that limiting carbs can lead to weight loss and improved health. By avoiding sugary foods and processed grains, individuals following a low-carb diet aim to stabilise their blood sugar levels and encourage the body to burn stored fat for energy.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • diet (noun)
  • hunger (noun)
  • go on a diet (idiom)
  • hungry (adjective)
  • crave (verb)
  • deficient (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Are low carb diets healthy?
  • Have you ever tried a low-carb diet? If yes, how was it for you?
  • What is the most difficult thing about being on a low-carb diet?
  • Why do you think people lose so much weight on a low-carb diet?
  • Are carbohydrates beneficial for us?
  • What are the good things about a low-carb diet?
  • What are the bad things about a low-carb diet?
  • Should people follow low-carb diets for a long time, or are they better for short-term weight loss only?
  • If you had to choose, would you prefer a low-carb or low-fat diet?
  • If you were on a low-carb diet what meals would you prepare?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.