The weight-loss plan, which is hugely popular in South Africa but relatively unknown in the UK, is named after William Banting. Following a doctor’s appointment in 1862, the British undertaker began to follow this eating regime and lost so much weight that he wrote an open letter to the public titled ‘The Letter On Corpulence’.
The Banting diet has some similarities to the Paleo diet, claiming that we should be eating what prehistoric humans ate before we relied on agricultural foods.
In his book The Real Meal Revolution, Professor Tim Noakes writes that there is a common misconception that eating fat makes you fat. In fact, it’s a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar that causes obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The Banting Diet is a low-carbohydrate-high-fat (LCHF) diet that promises rapid and sustainable weight loss.
What does eating a LCHF diet do to the body?
Your body can enter into a state of ketosis, which means that it burns fat for energy instead of glucose, producing ketones. You can check your ketone level using at-home test kits. To achieve ketosis, you would need to eat no more than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day. However, entering a state of ketosis isn’t essential to lose weight.
Your plate should contain half meat and half vegetables. In his book, Professor Tim Noakes’ book provides a list of Green, Orange and Red foods indicating what you should and should not be eating. Green foods contain less than 5% carbohydrates and can be eaten without any worry, Orange contain 25% carbs and are to be eaten in moderation, and Red foods, which are high in carbohydrates and are banned.
Examples of Green foods:
Meat, poultry, game
Nuts and seeds (almonds, flaxseeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds)