Prof Tim Noakes Low-Carb High Fat Stone Age Type Banting Diet
In South Africa Professor Tim Noakes has re-popularised (in his book The Real Meal Revolution) a low-carb high fat diet called the Banting Diet named after William Banting the creator of this diet even though I think it’s a type of diet consistent with what was eaten by people in the pre-development era when humans were still hunter gatherers for example the stone age, or the age when the Khoisan people roamed freely and undisturbed in Southern Africa. What differentiates the Banting diet from other low carb diets is that it restricts carbs and increases fat consumption while eating a moderate amount of protein. Apparently with this diet you can eat as much as you want as long as you are eating the right types of food, completely cutting out processed foods. This type of diet keeps you lean, and although you will be eating as much as you want, you will not eat that much as the types of food recommended on this diet are filling, also increased fat intake suppresses appetite.
This diet can be very expensive as you have to eat about 50/50 meat and vegetables and meat is very expensive (prices are increasing every year, inflation is crazy here in South Africa), the luxury with processed foods is that it’s cheap but it’s not good for you and makes you fat which is why the Banting diet cuts it and makes you eat like people used to in the Stone Age. The goal of the Banting Diet is to control your hunger by eating foods that keep you full for longer, so eating the types of foods that you can eat as much as you want (nutrient rich wholesome foods) without controlling portions but you still lose weight and stay lean. What this type of diet does is to make your body go into a state called ketosis, whereby your body starts using fats as energy instead of storing fat because you are not giving it enough carbs which is the body’s usual fuel system. You are forcing/tricking your body into burning fat for fuel which will allow you to get or stay lean.
The Types of food you will be eating if you want to go on a Tim Noakes/Banting Diet:
Free range eggs, fish, nuts (walnuts, almonds etc), Grassfed beef, full cream dairy products, leafy green vegetables, low sugar fruits, and you can drink sugar free coffee, green tea and water.
You have to say bye-bye to foods like this:
All processed foods which means, vegetable oils, artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks and fat-free, sugar-free products, white rice, potatoes, soft drinks, pastries etc.
The reason the diet is popular is because Prof Tim Noakes himself uses the diet himself and has shared his results so people are convinced of his diets effectiveness. He is overly restrictive on carbs for himself but says that others can have carbs in their diet but not a lot as they need to be restricted for this diet plan to work.
Having a super low carb diet can be very challenging to the average person as our daily meals are so carb intensive (whether processed or not). In a family setting the whole family would have to change the way it eats for this to work, the person who usually cooks has the power in whether this type of diet works or not. You would also have to do research on different low carb diets so that you do not eat the same stuff over and over again until you miss your old unhealthy habits. Oh you can buy the real meal revolution and get recipes from there, you could search online for lchf diets, there are many sites and facebook pages which share Banting style recipes.