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10 Golden rules of Banting (//

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.

Dr Robert Atkins (//,29095.asp)re-discovered “banting” in 1974 and his name is now incorrectly used as if he was the first to describe this eating plan.

Read all about it in Lose It

In the launch edition of Fair Lady Editor, Suzy Brokenshaw's new magazine, Lose It (April 2014), they explore the Banting diet from a dozen different angles and offer readers 67 delicious new recipes. Here we republish an extract on the rules of Banting from this exciting new magazine.

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 Stevia (//, Zylitol (// 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.

What Tim Noakes eats

Health24 asked Prof Noakes to give us an idea of what one can eat on the Banting diet (//

"I eat eggs, bacon, sausage for breakfast OR cheese, yoghurt and the previous night's fat/protein meal.

For lunch I will snack on cheese, nuts, biltong and for dinner one of the delicious meals from Real Meal Revolution (// with lots of vegetables/salads.

Once you get the addictive sugar/carbs out of your diet, your brain will automatically regulate the number of calories that you need so that your body weight eventually becomes the weight it is meant to be.

Read: what people think about the Tim Noakes diet (//

It is the carbs that drive overconsumption of calories and once they are removed from the diet, the brain of most people will normally adjust very quickly and their weight loss will begin very quickly.

Some people do less well on a high protein diet than on a high fat diet but for some a higher protein diet is better. So one has to find out for oneself. I think the high fat diet (// is probably better."

Some people experience what's known as "low carb flu" which could include lethargy, brain fog, nausea, upset stomach and headaches.

Prof Noakes explains that these symptoms are usually due to withdrawal of the sugar addiction and that it will go with time. Usually people notice very quickly that their energy levels go right up and they start feeling great.

Read more:

Pro low carb diets: 
Tim Noakes on how it works and why this is a lifestyle more than a diet (//
Tim Noakes diet is put to the test (//
Video: why a low-carb diet is good for you 
(// scheduled high-fat diet may curb obesity (//
How a high-fat diet can help diabetics ( Video: Tim Noakes talks about his book The Real Meal Revolution (//

Anti low carb diets: 
Pregnant moms on the high-fat diet may be putting their offspring's life at risk (//
Why a high-fat diet is bad for the body clock 
(// high (// diet could up the risk of pancreatic cancer (//
High protein diets increase your chances of developing kidney disease (//
DietDoc asks: why are we always chasing quick-fix diets (// 
Warning issued regarding HFLC and high protein diets (//

Image: low carb, high fat diet chart (//, Shutterstock

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Chocolate Almond Brownie (Grain + Sugar Free)

At Nicoletta, we have had a very interesting year of attempting ‘Banting’ and have endeavored to keep at least 1 recipe per month Banting-friendly. The easiest recipe for a sweet fix over last year has to be our Banting-style Brownies – which can be whipped together in 20 minutes!


  • ¾ cup Almond Flour
  • 3 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Xylitol / Honey
  • ½ tsp. Bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Handful of assorted nuts
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • ¼ cup Butter, melted

Mix the dry ingredients; and add all the wet ingredients. Whisk till it is combined. Pour into a small baking dish/pan (we used a dish approx. 140mm x 220mm) and bake at 170°C for 15 minutes or until the brownie almost does not “jiggle”. Do not overcook, as the brownies will dry out quickly!

In the spirit of Christmas giving, and in light of those Banting over the silly season, we have created the perfect foodie gift – DIY Banting-style Brownie Mix!


  • ¾ cup Almond Flour
  • 3 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Xylitol
  • ½ tsp. Bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Handful of assorted nuts

Mix a quarter of the almond flour with the cocoa to create good layers. Layer the jar with 1) the almond flour, 2) the cocoa mix, 3) the xylitol, 4) top with the bicarbonate of soda and salt, 5) lastly the chopped nuts. Seal the lid tightly and add a tag with the recipe:

Contains: Almond Flour, Cocoa Powder, Xylitol, Bicarbonate of Soda, Salt, Tree Nuts


  • 3 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla

Whisk till it is combined. Pour into a medium baking pan and bake at 170°C for 15 minutes or until the brownie does not “jiggle”. Happy Banting!