Banting is a massive, snowballing diet craze going on across the world, including the somewhat remote South Africa. Why SA?
Why at the tip of Africa is there a massive diet revolution going on that could potentially change the world?
One word: health
Health drives many things, exercise, weight lifting and weight loss are some and at the end of the day, what works, works. Many critics do not like that people are taking health and dieting into their own hands, making massive progress in the process.
Where does the pull come from for those who follow a banting diet lifestyle? Well, simplicity and results. Many who try just make it part of their lifestyle forever, and reap great health benefits as result.
In a world where foods are getting progressively more and more plastic, lower quality and causing more disease, surely a diet that counters these effects on the body should be celebrated.
And no, apparently.
You see many people fight banting tooth and nail because it is viewed as being so different and risky. The diet promotes high fat consumption and low carbohydrate consumption. Why? Because fat is what our bodies are meant to eat. Carbs, while they may taste good are bad for the body. They make our bodies work hard and force them to store fat in places we dont want it stored. This is the reality when it comes to approaching dieting from a scientific background.
Yes, banting is now being backed by many big health names. Tim Noakes is one of them, a renowned South African nutritional and sports performance scientist. He is diabetic, funnily enough, similar to how William Banting, the proponent of banting originally was. One could argue however that with the advancements in health monitoring and modern medicine, Noakes has a near infinitely higher chance of living a normal life than William Banting had…
So why do people love the diet so much? Why has it taken off like it has.
Firstly, controversy. People love things that are bad for them. Not that banting is bad, but it is surrounded by all sorts of bad press. Heart disease is really the big metal wrecking ball hanging over banting and banters, as they have become to be known’s heads.
The truth is though that banting and high fat consumption do nothing bad to the heart. Carbohydrates are the real enemy hear and they will be until or if we evolve to actually properly handle large amounts of sugar in our diets. Tough times then for us humans, surely?
No! Banting simplifies eating because it removes all the typical diet tricks completely. No more eating foods that are bad for us, ever, only good foods that our bodies respect and know what to do with. Foods that actually work for the body instead of punish it with compounds it doesn’t recognise or want to deal with.
So what have you got to lose?
That’s about it. Try it for a month at least and see how you do. Our guess is that you will see great results in no time at all.