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Book Review: Understanding LCHF

Book review: Understanding LCHF

“Why do we get fat and what can we do about it?”

Author: Martina Johansson (Published in 2016 by Struik Lifestyle)

In my opinion, this is definitely one of those books that anyone who is serious about weight loss and health should own. It offers a holistic approach and level of detail that will certainly help you understand why we get fat and what we can do about it. It is also very well priced at around R 190 for 180 pages worth of good content. To find all this information in one place and written in an easy to understand way is a real bonus. This book has the potential to make a really positive contribution to the numerous South Africans who are struggling to lose weight, or who want to take their Banting diet to the next level. Read the rest of this entry

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I was doing keto wrong

What I want to share with you in this post is very important if you are trying to follow a very low carb, high fat diet. Ketogenic diets are becoming very popular due to the fantastic weight loss and health improvement results people are experiencing.  They really do work very well, but only if you do it properly. If you don’t you can damage your metabolism, adrenals, thyroid and upset your hormones. It happened to me so I am speaking from first-hand experience. You need to know what you are doing and you need to KEEP doing it. What was my mistake? I wasn’t eating enough fat or enough calories (and I wasn’t properly keto-adapted). Everything changed for me when I was privileged enough to spend time with US expert Keto Coach, Stephanie Person, when she visited South Africa in May. Read the rest of this entry

Could ketosis be the answer?

Nutritional ketosis has fascinated me for a while now, for many reasons actually. The first one being the role ketosis plays in weight loss, secondly its advantage when it comes to endurance sports and thirdly due to the amazing discoveries scientist are making when it comes to the role a ketogenic diet plays in fighting back against  cancer, Alzheimer’s, autism, PCOS, depression, diabetes, psoriasis, Crohn’s and heart disease, to name just a few. In this post, I will use content from Jimmy Moore’s and Dr. Eric Westman’s new book, Keto Clarity (which I can highly recommend) to explain a bit more about this little known gem of nutrition science. Read the rest of this entry

No more bonking!

Ha, I knew that the title of this post would get your attention. Now get your mind out of the gutter and let’s talk about how a low carb diet can benefit you if you are an athlete. I have just finished reading a brilliant book by Drs Phinney and Volek called, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance. These two scientists have been researching low carb diets for the past few decades and are considered as the “go to” experts in their field. If you would like to learn how you can improve your performance as an athlete (especially for endurance events) then keep reading and I will share some key points from their book with you. Read the rest of this entry

Fat bombs and how to make them

Fat bombs are delicious little morsels which are fabulous for those of you following a very low carb diet. If you have been trying to follow a fat-burning ketogenic diet and have been struggling with getting enough healthy fat in each day, then these little bombs will do the trick. Read the rest of this entry

Ketosis: The key that opened the lock

Recently I have taken my low carb, moderate protein, high fat primal diet to a new level. I have gone a step further and have also cut out nuts, berries, alcohol and dark chocolate as well as dairy (except for a little hard cheese and butter). I had to eliminate these foods so that I could get my consumption of carbs low enough to get into nutritional ketosis. Ketosis is when your body switches from burning glucose for fuel to burning ketones.  Basically, your body is enabled to burn stored fat for energy instead of using the glucose from the food you eat at each meal. Read the rest of this entry