About the Banting Diet
What is Banting?
Banting is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, named after William Banting, the first person in England to write about it.
The team at The Real Meal Revolution prefer this definition. "Banting: The diet used to treat the symptoms of insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome."
"A diet comprising no more than 50g of carbohydrate per day (net), while consuming only good-quality fats and no seed oils." So a Banting diet aims to keep you in nutritional ketosis.
"Humans need real food. Our bodies were designed to eat real food. If we feed our bodies food that they weren't designed to eat, they're going to react in ways that they weren't designed for."
Join the Private Forum: Banting Nutrition
This private forum at Online Groups, offers one month free, and is NZ$30 a year to remain a member.
This is an easy way to get involved in the long discussion which enables you to keep learning more and more about nutrition as your own experience grows. In theory Banting is easy, but we all have so many poor and conflicting ideas in our heads about what is or isn't good nutrition, we make it hard for ourselves.
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We all need encouragement and help, to give us the confidence to keep our nutritional plan going. Often all you need is someone to talk to.
The 10 Golden Rules of Banting. - edited from The Real Meal Revolution
Maintaining a level of carbohydrates that keeps you below the 50g/day threshold.
Don't fear the fat, you need fat to fuel your body, in the absence of carbohydrates.
After a few weeks on your Banting lifestyle, you should never be hungry. If you are craving carbohydrates you are probably cheating, and you are not in nutritional ketosis.
Buy and eat quality food. Buy full-fat products, buy offal meats, buy quality cheese, and eat lots of green and colored vegetables. It will cost more, but the value is in your improved health.
Look for hidden sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, in processed foods. Avoid low-fat products, because they most likely have added sugar or sugar substitutes. Avoid drinking too much milk (but cream is OK).
Eating vegetables ensures that you get all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Fruit does provide essential nutrients, but it also comes with a higher sugar content than vegetables. Berries have very little fructose, and are preferred.
You shouldn't need to have snacks. If you do, try a Saturated Coffee on its own.
The Banting Diet is not a high-protein diet. Too much protein in the diet can actually hinder the ketogenic process.
Don't just go on what the scales say. Take other measurements like inch measurements or use clothes as a guide to mark your progress.
Make bone broth for your diet, and make your own vegetable or fish soup, using stock made from animal bones or fish heads.