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Banting 101- know the basics…

Banting (aka the Tim Noakes Diet)  comes with some health benefits…HOWEVER this is only true if you do it CORRECTLY. If you do it half-heartedly you will be increasing your cholesterol and blood sugar, and even gain weight- all of which will drastically put your health at risk.

So here is a list of the main points…
1. Banting is named after a man called William Banting in the 1860’s, who lost extreme amounts of weight by cutting out carbs and eating a high fat diet.
2. Tim Noakes has rediscovered this way of eating and noticed that it has helped him control his blood sugar and weight.
3. Banting is high fat, low carb and medium protein.
Cutting down on carb causes the brain to start breaking down fat as an alternative energy source. This is called ketosis.
4. Ketosis causes loss if appetite thereby reducing energy consumption…and ultimately weight loss.
5. High saturated fat is likely to increase your cholesterol. However if your blood sugar control is perfect and your carb intake is low then your risk for heart disease isn’t necessarily higher.
6. This diet is not for everyone- if you are insulin resistant and if it suits you to cut out carbs and to increase your fat intake then great, if not please don’t pick and choose the principles that suit you.

Banting Diaries Updated

The past month has been exceptionally exciting from a personal and professional point of view.
I have been my own subject in this trial. It all stated with Tim Noakes when he shook the nutrition world…”saturated fat and cholesterol are not the enemy and weight loss and health can be achieved by eating animal fats”.. The hype caught on like wildfire and every man and his grandmother were “Banting”. So in order to give my best professional opinion I took on the challenge like a stubborn Jack Russel.

Research on Banting and keeping up with Tim’s claims became my obsession. Eggs, the green list vegetables and tuna dominated my grocery list. Every conversation centered around my new diet and Tim’s work. Packets of almonds encroached their way into my handbag, desk drawers and lunch boxes. Training runs and races became fueled on Avos, eggs and nuts.

My Banting did deviate however from Tim’s- you see from a conservative point of view I was nervous to increase my cholesterol. Yes I know that cholesterol is not the only risk factor for heart disease and high blood glucose is the main culprit. But I am still unsure of the long term effects of a diet high in red meat and saturated fats. Also over the last year or so I have been leaning towards a pescatarian diet (only having fish and eggs) and could not be happier. And so the “Royal Banting” diet was developed….remember it…it’ll be famous soon 😉

20140514-075235.jpgRoyal Banting is based on vegetables, unsaturated fats, lean proteins (mainly eggs and fish) and a small amount of dairy. I restrict and try to totally avoid fruits (sadly), starch and sugar (obviously).

I am actually very proud of this diet…here are the benefits…
I have reduced my hunger from insatiable to comfortable. I am no longer clawing at the fridge after excerise or a long day. This is because I have reduced carbs to about 70g per day. And this, my good people, is what ketosis is all about. Read my earlier post for info on this.I have reduced my body fat by 2% and increased my muscle by 2kg.

I am waaaay less bloated and no longer worry about the pregnant questions- because I’m NOT! The greatest news- my cholesterol has reduced….for the first time in my life I had a cholesterol test that was not flagged. Woohooooo! My bad LDL cholesterol dropped by 0.7, my triglycerides halved and my good HDL cholesterol increased by 0.22 to a very healthy 2.4…guys I’m doing my happy dance as I type, this is so exciting to me.

 

  •  My HBA1c (long term blood glucose control) is perfect at 5.2.
  • A few cons are that I battle when social circumstances arise…
  • Eating out can be hard, but I have started exchanging starch options for extra veg or salad.
  • I avoid alcohol or have a dry white wine or red wine (not rose) or stick to clear spirits with soda water.
  • Sweets or confectionery are tough but I am experimenting with Banting-baking
  • Snacks can be tough….however I am working on something very exciting that will solve all of this…keep posted
  • Overall I am one happy “Royal Banter”.

Please send me your comments or questions…I want to hear it all, good and bad! Alexroyaldiet@gmail.com

 

Banting diaries

Eggs, almonds, salmon, avo, seeds, broccoli….. So many almonds 🙂
So how has the passed month of Royal-Banting been?

The pros:
I get to eat lots of almonds
I’m much less bloated
CHOLESTEROL- biggest bonus is my cholesterol has practically halved….now be careful here…this is associated with the ROYAL BANTING aspects which I will explain in my next post- very exciting!

The cons:
I slump my energy levels every so often but working on that with MCTs.
My weight is stable and not going down after the last measurement when I lost 2% body fat….but I’m quite sure I have over eaten the almonds :/
Socially, it is very difficult. Going out for dinner can be tricky, getting choccies from friends is too tempting and avoiding wine is a toughie, but definitely all possible.
Sport-wise: for Two Oceans I had a fatty meal the night before containing Salmon, lamb, chicken (plus the skin), almond and coconut pancakes and I was hundreds. For ..ITU I didn’t eat as much. Granted it was a harder and slightly longer race, I resorted to having half a gu and Jungle Oats bar. I find it hard to fuel during the race on nuts / Banting-friendly foods.
Cooking nice things like pancakes or crackers is a mission and quite expensive.

So in summary I have enjoyed certain aspects…and the great news is that myself with some friends are going to be making it a lot easier socially and for those sportsmen out there…WATCH THIS SPACE.