Helen’s LCHF Story

Helen Fenwick

Age 65

“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.

I invite you to write your LCHF success story in Afrikaans or English, maximum 400 words. I want to put it on this blog, toortsie.com.

Tell us why you started the LCHF lifestyle, what obstacles you had to overcome, what benefit you received from doing this lifestyle.

Please email it to madeleburger@gmail.com

The final decision is with me whether I’m going to publish it or not.

Thank you so much


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