A low carb high fat diet and what is banting?

23 Jan 2014

Hi everyone,

With super duper healthy January under way, I wrote an article about the low carb, high fat eating plan, aka 'banting', that Tim Noakes has put on the map.

The response has been simply amazing.

Do you know about it? It's taking SA by storm!

Every single person I've talked to, who has tried his low-carb, high fat way of eating, has lost weight, feels great and now swears by it. It's also known as the LCHF (low carbohydrate high fat) diet. Fat is encouraged and yes, you must eat all the fat on that lamb chop!

What I like about Prof. Tim Noakes' advice is that he hasn't said he's right, he says it's what is right for him, as a carbohydrate resistant (CR) man. The thing is, a lot of people are 'CR' and are subsequently shedding kilos and feeling great, using his suggested way of eating.

Please note: This way of eating is not for everyone!

Where does 'banting' come from?

Prof. Noakes outlines it all in his book, The Real Meal Revolution (watch him in studio chatting about it). It all started way back in 1861 by a Harley Street surgeon in London, Dr William Harvey. He had great success with his beefy client Mr Banting and thus it was called the Harvey/Banting diet. Mr Banting released a small booklet entitled 'Letter on Corpulence Addressed to the Public' (published in 1863) which went into many editions. (Corpulence = obesity in old english).

The term to 'bant' was even introduced into the English language. Amazing neh?

My favourite part of the research is Mr Banting's pre and post diet and how he shed so much weight, improving his mobility, deafness and lack of sight.

Read my full article where I include Banting's diets and the basic overview of what you can and can't eat. There's a mind blowing video, lots of links and recipes for you to enjoy.

I'm trying it out myself and I've already lost 1.5kg in a week or so and am quite astounded at how many empty carbs I was munching on before. I'm also very happy with the fact that I can have pork belly, bacon and lamb chops any day of the week and not feel guilty!

Have you tried it? What do you think of it all?

Love and duck fat,


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