Friday, March 1, 2024

Is the Banting diet a real meal revolution?

Certainly one cannot quibble about the fact that our society is increasingly becoming morbidly obese. Although many people have come up with various weight loss programs, many people have often found them very difficult to adhere to. However one method which is little known but worth a try is the banting diet.

Banting is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet, named after William Banting, the first person to do it. The idea is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. The key to successful Banting is eating and prioritising animal fat; meaning all types of natural meat including poultry and fish is allowed in this diet. However banting should not be mistaken for a protein diet.

Professor Tim Noakes who has successfully promoted the banting diet says it helped him lose weight. When banting, processed carbs and all forms of carbs are not recommended. Professor Noakes also says it is better to substitute carbohydrates with vegetables. However, vegetables, which should comprise the bulk of your diet, must be included in every meal. Shockingly, under this diet, fruits should be drastically reduced. According to the Banting website, fruits also include carbohydrates; hence they should be consumed in moderation.

In order to have a better appreciation of banting, one needs to understand and follow the green, orange and red list. The green list contains all foods that are recommended for a proper healthy diet. The orange list does not necessarily contain bad foods but rather foods that should be consumed in small portions, such as fruits. And the red list contains all foods which people should avoid by all means.

What I learnt from the two weeks I experimented with the banting diet is that one has to be prepared financially as some of the food products such as coconut oil and moringa powder can be expensive. If one successfully follows the banting diet, it can produce remarkable results. For those willing to give the banting diet a try, there is a Facebook page: ‘Banting for Beginners’ which one can join. It provides endless posts about the latest dishes that one can try.


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