“You are not fat so why are you Banting?” I am often asked this question and yes – I’m not fat. I’m also healthy. But that’s because I have always watched my weight. Name any diet and chances are I’ve tried it!
At 18 and 1.65m, I weighed 60kg. I gained 10kg during my student years. During the last term of my third year, aged 21, I crashed dieted down to 58kg. Since then my weight has constantly fluctuated between 58 and 64. As soon as I go off a diet, it slowly creeps up and then it’s back to another diet. In my younger days, exercise and dieting were just part of my life. I had two choices – Diet or Get Fat. For many years before Banting, I followed a low-fat diet which was better than all the other fad diets I tried. But I missed the fat on chops and the skin on then chicken so often cheated on the 3g of fat per 100g of product rule. I would maintain for a while but then my weight creep up until I disciplined myself again. The problem with all the diets I tried was that they never satisfied my food cravings nor my hunger.
Then a friend lent me “The Real Meal Revolution” by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier
On Saturday 25 April 2015, I weighed 62kg. While drinking a cup of coffee and nibbling a rusk, I sat reading The Book. My first aha! moment –– Carbohydrates make you hungry! I threw the rusk away. It was poison and the reason for my life-long weight battle! At that moment I became a Banter!
It was easy. I had no sugar withdrawal symptoms, my food cravings disappeared and I was not hungry between meals. The other startling fact that I learned from The Book was: You can live without carbohydrates but you will die without fats. And I was trying so hard to cut out the life-giving fats!
If an occasion demands I indulge in a non-banting meal or snack but I am always disappointed in the taste. I don’t miss carbs because fats are so delicious and satisfying. In 9 months I dropped to 55kg and I’ve remained there. Banting is not only for weight loss, it’s for general well-being too. I am 65, full of energy and don’t need any chronic medication.
Thank you, Helen, for your wonderful story.
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