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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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How important are 3 meals a day?

The simple answer is this; how often you eat all boils down to whether or not your body uses GLUCOSE or FAT for energy. Our bodies can run on either of these two fuel sources. What you eat determines which one you use. People that consume a high-carb/low-fat diet will invariably be burning glucose for fuel. Let’s call them sugar-burners. Those following a low-carb/high-fat diet will be burning fat. These people we will call the fat-burners. Each of these fuel sources has a very different effect on one’s body, especially the hormones that regulate hunger and satiety. Read the rest of this entry

Are you eating the right amount of fat?

Article written by Paul Magnuson, (Banting Buddies coach in Pretoria, South Africa).

It all depends on where you are in your Banting journey. Too little fat at the beginning could delay quick and effective fat-adaptation (leaving you feeling tired, hungry, irritable and still craving carbs), and too much once fat-adapted could stall weight loss. Continue reading for a more detailed explanation and strategy for getting the fat in your diet just right. This information might help you lose those last few kilos, or get off that frustrating plateau. Read the rest of this entry

What Banting is really about

Banting or LCHF has always been controversial, but never more so than right now. In June, Prof Noakes will face the Health Professions Council of South Africa for “unprofessional conduct”. From what I understand it is all about a tweet he wrote, where he essentially advised a mom to wean her baby onto real food instead of refined and sugary baby cereals. I really don’t know the full details, but surely this was not bad or dangerous advice? Meat, veggies and healthy fats are highly nutritious foods. How can anyone think that high carb cereal is a better option?  It isn’t even real food – it is processed. What did mothers living a few hundred years ago give their babies? I guarantee you it wasn’t baby cereal. This is just common sense stuff.  I believe Prof. Noakes is looking forward to the hearing, and sees it as an opportunity to educate those that have been mis-informed for so long. I have no doubt he will be well-armed with scientific evidence in support of the LCHF diet. Read the rest of this entry

Nuggets from the LCHF 2015 conference – Part 2

What I enjoyed immensely about the conference was that each speaker approached the LCHF topic from a different perspective. We heard talks about obesity, diabetes, mental health, cancer as well as sports performance. The exciting thing for me was to see the positive role a low carb, high fat diet can play in all of them. It left me very hopeful about the future. We CAN turn this ship of ill-health around. But as a number of the speakers emphasised – it will take a “bottom-up” swell. Everyone needs to educate themselves, find their voices and start questioning conventional wisdom.  What we are currently doing is not working. It is time for change.  In this post I share some more “nuggets” from the LCHF 2015 conference from various speakers. Read the rest of this entry

Things to look forward to when I’m thin

About 4 years ago I journalled about how I was feeling about being over-weight.  I was at my all time heaviest and was not feeling good about myself at all.  My blood work results didn’t look good and I was suffering from aches and pains.  I was 36 years old and I felt 80. This was the start of my journey to better health. Check out the photo below. That’s me in 2010. Read the rest of this entry

Make 2014 the year it happens

Every year for as long as I can remember I vowed that this would be the year I would get slim and lose the weight for good. January is when the nerd in me comes out. I get busy with weight loss plans laid out in Excel with target weights, timeframes, measurements, goals, graphs, ……. you get the picture. Planning is what I am good at. Unfortunately the actual implementation and results always fell dramatically short of my goals.  By March I was frustrated and hungry and if I was lucky only 1 kilo lighter. Read the rest of this entry

Food has lost its grip on me

I used to waste so much energy thinking about food. My thoughts fixated on when I would eat, what I would eat and how much I would eat. Social situations used to be even more taxing as it introduced feelings of guilt around indulgence of the ‘wrong food’. The plotting and planning that used to go on in my brain was, needless to say, utterly exhausting! Read the rest of this entry

The Real Meal Revolution cookbook is a ‘must have’

The Real Meal Revolution cookbook is finally here …… and it was worth the wait. A team effort between Prof. Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier has produced the most stunning book of mouth-watering recipes, beautiful food photography and eye-opening  information on the low carb/high fat lifestyle. The book’s tagline? “Changing the  world. One meal at a time. ” Read the rest of this entry