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10 Golden Rules of Banting (High Fat Low Carb Diet)

Published on April 11, 2014,

The website Health24 has an interesting summary of Professor Tim Noakes’s low-carb ‘banting’ diet including ten golden rules and an overview of what Tim Noakes eats…

10 Golden rules of Banting10 Golden rules of Banting Banting has become synonymous with the Tim Noakes Diet which refers to going on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Here are some rules to guide you. Tim Noakes’ eating plan was first prescribed in 1861 by a Harley Street surgeon Mr William Harvey with great success to a corpulent London undertaker, Mr William Banting, thus it is more appropriately named the Harvey/Banting diet. In time the term to ‘bant’ was introduced into the English language. It referred to the use of this low carbohydrate diet for weight loss. Indeed ‘Banting’ was the standard treatment for weight loss in all the major European and North American medical schools for nearly 100 years until it suddenly went out of fashion after 1959 when it was written out of all the major medical and nutritional textbooks, to be replaced with its polar opposite, the currently popular low fat, high carbohydrate, ‘heart healthy’ diet.

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Here are the 10 golden rules…

10 golden rules of Banting

1. Remember: this is not a high protein diet. It’s a high fat, medium protein, low carb way of eating

2. Choose real foods that look like what they are, and cook them from scratch

3. Fat is not the enemy. Enjoy it!

4. Eat only when you are hungry; eat until you are satisfied – then stop

5. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry. You won’t die if you occasionally skip a meal you don’t feel like eating.

6. Stop snacking. You won’t need to – it’s just a habit.

7. No sugar. It’s an addiction, and it’s probably best to go cold turkey. But if you need to make it a transition, substitute with SteviaZylitol or Erythritol – NOT artificial sweeteners.

8. No grains of any kind

9. No (or very, very little) fruit. Think of it as a sweet rather than a health snack.

10. Embrace eggs. They’re healthy, satisfying and very good for you.

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Eating More Fat Could Save Your Life

Published on December 19, 2013,

Daniela Drake, writing in The Daily Beast, asks why US obesity guidance continues to give prominence to calorie restriction and low-fat diets when they may actually be contributing to the obesity epidemic. Instead, she asks, might high-fat diets be the answer…

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…This [obesity] is a public health crisis that you might think would give us an all-hands-on-deck attitude. After all, if this were an infectious disease — a big collection of fat worms or something — it’s doubtful we’d keep recommending the same feeble treatment for decades and then blame the victims for not complying. No. We’d be scared. Scared for ourselves and our kids and our country.

We might even be frightened enough to reconsider our entire dietary approach. But the new obesity guidelines don’t address the low-fat/low-carb debate. Instead, they say there’s no good evidence to recommend any particular diet. (They say they reviewed 17 diets.) Yet, last month the Swedish obesity guidelines also came out, and after a review of 16,000 studies the Swedish committee endorsed LCHF diets as the most effective way to combat weight gain.

Our committee must have access to the same research the Swedes reviewed—so why there’s such a discrepancy is anybody’s guess.  But some believe that our committee is under pressure to not reverse 30 years of AHA low-fat doctrine—even if it’s causing an epidemic. Instead, the committee took the almost comical stance of implicating practicing physicians in the obesity crisis. As the co-chair of the committee Donna Ryan, MD, explained, “primary care physicians have not been trained in obesity etiology or pathogenesis much less in its diagnosis and treatment”.

Not only is this statement somewhat laughable—last I checked, most doctors knew how to use scales — but it’s also off mark. Previous guidelines have urged doctors not to spend time on diet and lifestyle recommendations as they’re not terribly fruitful. Nevertheless, ignoring the guidelines, some doctors have found very effective ways to achieve long lasting weight loss using Atkins-type LCHF diets. And at this point good evidence is building up in their corner:  LCHF diets lower blood sugar, insulin and triglycerides and raise good (HDL) cholesterol.

The improvements in cardiac risk factors notwithstanding, many physicians will remain cautious about recommending fatty diets because of the role fats may play in heart disease. After all, the only diets proven to open blocked arteries are no-added-fat vegetarian (Ornish-style) diets. Doctors are simply afraid that all that blubber is going to clog up our patients’ arteries…

But a raft of studies now shows that saturated fat does not increase your likelihood of vascular or heart disease. And after many years, the results from the Women’s Health Initiative showed that women who ate higher levels of saturated fat actually had no increased risk of obesity or heart disease. What’s more, some doctors advocating high fat diets have shown individual reports of reversal of atherosclerosis.

This is not to say that LCHF diets will suit everyone.

Obviously, many people thrive on low fat diets.  But while it’s pretty much universally acknowledged that we’re “supposed” to eat low fat diets, most Americans are overweight or obese. So it seems like low-fat diets are a prescription that most people can’t follow or won’t follow or follow and find that it just doesn’t work.

Why this is the case is a matter of both science and speculation. Some say that while giving lip-service to low-fat diets, we’ve actually increased our fat intake as our cheese and olive oil consumption have skyrocketed. But others say that overeating carbohydrates causes insulin to surge and essentially drives fat storage. This can explain why people who starve themselves can only lose minimal amounts of weight. Anyone who works with dieters—who doesn’t accuse them of lying about their food intake—will tell you that this is exactly what frustrated dieters report…

At this late date, no one could possibly think this is the full story or be naïve enough to think that high-fat diets will be a panacea—and a one-size-fits-all approach might just get us into the kinds of trouble that high-carb diets have. We now know that obesity is complex — involving gut bacteria and cold viruses, hormones and sleep, culture and habit, good calories and bad calories. But it’s vital that physicians have up-to-date information to support patients as they strive to regain their health…

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High Fat Ketogenic Diet Helps Toddler Speak Her First Words

Published on July 30, 2013,

Fields Taylor, 3, has Glut1 Deficiency, which is a rare genetic disorder that impacts her ability to talk. She was put on a special high-fat Ketogenic Diet so her body would start using fat as an energy source rather than glucose, and the family saw results in just three months. This is from the New York Daily News…

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Little Fields Taylor, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire suffers from a rare genetic disorder which affects her ability to speak.

But miraculously, after starting a new diet just three months ago, which includes almost a kilo of Philadelphia a week, the adorable three year old has finally spoken her first words.

Delighted Mum, Stevie, 34, said: “The first time I heard Fields say Mum it was just wonderful.

“I didn’t really believe that something so simple as changing her diet could make such a big different.

“The amount of Philadelphia she goes through is a bit mad but the effect it’s had is amazing.

“It’s just fabulous to know that she does have a voice inside her and we can finally communicate.”

The toddler has been diagnosed with an extremely rare condition called Glut1 Deficiency – it means her brain is starved of energy because her body cannot transport enough glucose.

There is no cure for Glut1, which affects just 25 people in the UK, but children can be helped with a special diet called the Ketogenic Diet.

Her new diet is high in fat, and forces her brain to use this as its energy source – rather than glucose.

Stevie said: “At first I was pretty dubious about the diet – I didn’t see how food could make such a big difference.

“But within weeks you could see it working, she was more alert and her personality seemed to come out a bit more.

“Then, one morning I was in the kitchen and all of a sudden I heard this little voice shout mum.

“I dropped what I was doing and ran into the direction of Fields and just couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“There’s been times that I never thought I’d hear her speak. I was just over the moon.

“Now she’s started shouting for the dog and saying bigger words – she said the word dinosaur the other day – I nearly cried.”

The Ketogenic Diet is high in fat and very low in carbohydrates. Field’s must also drink 50ml of a special oil four times a day to boost her fat intake.

Stevie said: “Sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks are out, but anything really high in fat is great for her.

“It was hard to get used to at first – I’d go shopping and start buying loads of butter, cheese, and oil – things that you think are unhealthy.

“Philadelphia really has been our saving grace – she just loves the stuff. She’ll pile it up on crackers and it gives her loads of energy.

“I do get funny looks when I give her a tiny piece of toast with layers and layers of butter on but the diet has really worked wonders for her.

“It doesn’t affect her weight either as she uses up every bit of fat she eats, she doesn’t store any of it.”

…The only way to treat the condition is by starting the Ketogenic Diet which Fields was put on in April.

Her parents are now hoping that, thanks to the diet, her condition will improve even further.

Stevie said: “We went to a Glut1 conference in America last week and there were children there that were walking.

“It’s a huge goal for Fields to reach, but she’s progressed so far in such a short time.

“We know she can do it.”

Emma Williams MBE is the CEO and Founder of Matthew’s Friends, a Ketogenic Dietary Therapies Charity.

Emma said: “The Ketogenic Diet is really the only treatment there is for Glut 1 DS and sadly there are still patients in the UK that have been diagnosed with Glut 1 DS that are then put on a long waiting list for the treatment – this is not acceptable as there should be no waiting list for these patients.

“The longer they are without treatment the longer their brains are being starved and the more damage can be done.

“Fields’ story just highlights the difference the correct treatment can make to a person and the Ketogenic Diet can work wonders in these patients and those with drug resistant epilepsy.”

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