Banting is a way of eating, named after William Banting, who wrote a book on ‘low carb high fat’ eating, back in 1863. Banting is basically another name for a Ketogenic style diet which allows the body to run on fat. Ketogenic diets are used by many clinicians and are reversing chronic conditions such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Epilepsy. Banting is also said to have a preventative effect on Cancer and Alzheimer’s as well. But don’t take my word for it. Dr Gary Fettke, Dr Mark Hyman, Dr Jason Fung, Prof. Tim Noakes and Dr David Ludwig, all promote Banting and have even published scientific papers proving the positive effects of this way of eating.

To most Australians, Banting would be considered a ‘fad diet’, or an alternative way of eating. From personal and clinical experience I am realising more and more each day, that our bodies are actually designed for this way of eating.

So why are we still following the dietary guidelines based on one theory, and not on how our ancestors have been eating for the past 3 million years? It could have something to do with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). You see, I hear that the DAA had a big say in the most recent Australian Dietary Guidelines (ADG’s) and they didn’t use all of the research we now have on low carb diets to make any big changes – which in my opinion would save our government many millions on healthcare. Why is this so? Is it because Banting doesn’t fit the way of eating that is approved by the DAA’s major food sponsors?

Probably yes. But why should we follow the current ADG’s when all they are doing is making us sicker?

According to The Australian Healthy Survey compiled in December 2015, 63.4% of Australians aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese, and overall, 70.8% of men were overweight or obese in 2014-15, compared with 56.3% of women (a total of 11.2 million people). Great job Australia!

Does anyone else find this outrageous? That a developed country could have gotten the dietary guidelines so wrong? I know what you are thinking, people don’t follow the dietary guidelines – or people bring it on themselves. Not true.

Go into any supermarket and you will see aisles full of bread and cereals and mountains of sugary cakes, lollies, and don’t forget the chocolate at every checkout. Is it really OUR fault we’ve gotten fatter?

When diabetics present in their doctor’s office, they are usually prescribed medication – not a change of diet that could reverse this condition. If they are referred to a dietitian they will likely be given a low GI diet – which is NOT low carb.

So how can a Low Carb High Fat diet such as Banting make us healthier and how can it prevent obesity and diabetes?

It’s all about the appestat. The appestat is the area in the brain that is believed to regulate appetite and food intake. So why is banting perfect to normalise the appestat? As said by Prof. Tim Noakes, “The reason Banting works so effectively in so many people, is because it quietens the appestat so that calorie consumption drops without hunger and weight is lost effortlessly. In most people, the reduction in daily calorie intake is probably in the range of 10% to 50% of daily calories, again without hunger.” So there it is, traditionally on low carb diets, we become hungry and fall of the wagon. With Banting, the hunger subsides due to the high fat intake and we are left feeling satisfied. If you think fat is unhealthy, stay tunes for my next blog, it will be on this topic.

So what ratio’s should you follow on a Banting diet?
If you’re diabetic, we say 20% to 30% protein, 60% to 70% fat and around 5% carbs. The sicker you are, the more fat you will need because fat doesn’t affect insulin as much. The more insulin resistant you are, the more fat you can eat, because fat is the only fuel you can metabolise safely without requiring insulin.

What foods should you cut out on Banting?
Bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, pizza, sugar, all grains, cereals, processed, packaged, boxed, adulterated foods, cakes, sweets, biscuits, fizzy drinks, all the addictive things. Anything sweet, starchy has to go, and low-fat foods.

Which foods should you include?
Butter, cream – ladle meat and veg with butter; put cream in tea or coffee. Coconut oil is very healthy, everyone should have two tablespoons daily. Avocados, nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecan nuts, and especially macadamia nuts, they are like drops of fat. All tree nuts, not peanuts or cashews. They’re legumes, not nuts.

Which vegetables can you eat?
All vegetables have carbohydrates; we recommend those with the lowest-carb, highest-nutrient content: leafy greens such as kale, it’s one of the most nutritious vegetables; cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, they’re all on our Banting ‘green list.’

It only takes a few days to start feeling better on a Banting style diet and a couple of months to see the effects really take place. There are many easy guides to follow on the website as well as other websites here in Australian such as Low Carb Down Under.

To sign up to my face to face Banting group – follow this link