Banting And Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diets
Over the past year, the Banting diet has increased in popularity with more and more people finding the positive benefits that such an approach to eating and lifestyle offers in terms of weight loss but also in terms of overall health. In this blog we trace the origins of the Banting diet, explore it’s current format and help to explain the similarities between Banting and a Low Carb Ketogenic Diet. What is Banting? The original Banting diet, was first proposed by William Banting back in 1864, an English undertaker in Victorian England. His advice, published in "Letter on Corpulence" (found online at: would be in modern times described as high protein, high fat and low carbohydrate, with no calorie restriction. Banting published his experience at his own expense and his medical advisor, William Harvey, followed his lead publishing a more in depth medical approach explaining how this dietary approach works in 1872. Banting in the 21st Century The classic composition of the banting diet i.e. Low carb/ High fat/ moderate protein, is exactly how the Natural Ketosis meals are composed, providing you with less than 15% of total carbohydrates throughout your day. The Banting version currently proposed by Prof Noakes, the main advocate for this approach in 2015, states that items such as wheat, oats, and peas are on the red list. The reason for this being that when following a Banting diet on your own, avoiding items is much easier and more effective than portion control. However, some of the items on the orange list, even in the portion sizes advised by Prof Noakes, would have a direct impact on your body's ability to efficiently burn fat for energy due to their naturally high sugar/starch content and in turn impact on insulin levels. Examples include apples, bananas, honey, Continue reading >>
Three Major Differences Between The Ketogenic And Paleo Diets
When I talk to people about the ketogenic diet and lifestyle, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Is that like paleo?” My usual response is something along the lines of, “It’s like a modified paleo.” And I will typically leave it at that. However, I think it’s important for you to be able to identify the differences between the two, not because one is inherently better than the other, but because I think everyone should be aware of their options. While there are many similarities between paleo and keto, there are at least three major differences. Paleo isn’t necessarily low carb In theory, the idea behind paleo is to tap into the ancient ways of eating, the ways that our ancestors ate. Because several thousand years ago, there were no such things as processed foods and sugar wasn’t readily or widely accessible, people didn’t eat those things. Because people also didn’t have the ability to go buy their food, they had to find it for themselves. That meant hunting and gathering. For pure energy, nothing beats eating fat. It has more energy per gram than carbs or protein. So that means finding and eating fatty animals. So a paleo diet, just like a keto diet, focuses on getting fat and protein as a primary source of energy. However, the big difference is paleo doesn’t avoid potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, and other tubers and root vegetables. These particular vegetables fit completely within the paleo framework, but they should be avoided in a keto diet. Paleo’s focus is on tapping into the ancient ways. Keto’s focus is on keeping insulin levels very low and ketone levels really high. So avoiding foods like potatoes and the like is a big difference for keto folks. Paleo isn’t necessarily high fat Wait, didn’t I just say that pal Continue reading >>
What’s The Difference Between The Paleo, Keto, And Banting Diets??
Hmm. You wouldn’t believe how often people get these three confused. Why??? Because they are all LOW CARB. But. They are NOT the same. I’m going to make it SUPER SIMPLE for you. First, I’m going to give a description (in a nutshell) what each of these diets boil down to. Then, we will cover some frequently asked questions. We will cover: What is the Paleo Diet? Questions surrounding the Paleo Diet. What is the Keto and Banting Diet? Questions surrounding the Keto/Banting Diet. Ready? The Paleo diet focuses on eating only natural whole foods. The crux: Eat like a caveman or hunter-gatherer, and eliminate foods that relate to civilisation in any way – i.e. agriculture: foods produced through farming grains, dairy etc. Why? The idea is that our modern lifestyle is at the root of all our problems. The Paleo diet aims to eradicate the bad habits associated with a modern diet (a diet high in trans-fats and processed carbs), to reduce the risk of suffering from chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes, depression, obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease and so forth. Food List: QUESTIONS: PALEO DIET Is Paleo high protein? Not necessarily. However, some specific weight-loss Paleo Diets sometimes specify a high protein component. Why is it called the Paleo Diet? “Paleo” is short for “Paleolithic” – and relates to foods that were available to people of the Paleolithic (caveman) Era. This was a time period before the rise of the Agricultural Revolution. Can you drink alcohol on the Paleo diet? This is a tough one. The easiest answer is: no. The basis of the Paleo diet is to move away from toxins and processed foods – it’s kind of the whole point, actually. BUT – life happens. So the best advice is to LIMIT alcohol intake AND select the right form of it. My point is, do Continue reading >>
Expert's Insight: Is A Very Low-carb Ketogenic Diet Healthy?
Is a very low-carb diet suitable for you? What are the pros and cons and what you should expect from it? These and other questions are answered by Franziska Spritzler from Low Carb Dietitian. Franziska is a certified dietitian and has personal experience with very low-carb ketogenic diets! Very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets (VLCKDs) have been around for hundreds of years and were the standard form of treatment for diabetes prior to the discovery of insulin in 1922. William Banting, a British undertaker, deserves credit for developing the first VLCKD for weight loss in the mid 1800s. Cardiologist Dr. Atkins popularized it again in the early 1970s after reviewing decades-old nutrition research in his attempt to discover a plan that would allow people to lose weight without going hungry – his own Achilles' heel when it came to sticking to a diet. Over the years, the very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet has been criticized for being too restrictive, difficult to maintain long term, and unhealthy. However, many people find that this way of eating is the only one that allows them to lose weight and effectively control diabetes. Although at this time there isn't universal agreement on the term, a few years ago leading researchers in the field of carbohydrate restriction proposed the definition of very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets as those containing less than 50 grams of total carbohydrate per day. However, the degree to which carbohydrates need to be restricted to induce ketosis varies from person to person. Some may achieve elevated ketone levels consuming 60 grams of carbohydrate or more, while others may need to restrict carbs to less than 30 grams or even less than 20 grams to experience the same effect.1 Many people count net carbohydrates by subtracting fiber f Continue reading >>
Ketosis – What Is That All About?
What’s it all about? Is it good for you? Is it bad for you? What’s it like? How do I ‘do’ ketosis? How do I know I’m in ketosis? The questions everyone who’s Banting wants the answers to. Ketosis, in chef speak, is quite simply a state your body enters once it has been deprived of glucose. Your body switches to burning fat for energy (stored fat or fat that you have eaten) instead of glucose. A side-effect of that process is the release of ketone bodies into the blood stream. When you’re starved of glucose, your body has no choice but to burn fat for fuel, so it needs little explanation as to why ketosis works at melting fat like a blow heater on an ice sculpture. Ketosis comes with some added extras, namely a commonly noted sense of euphoria or lucidity and increased energy levels. A downside includes toothbrush-proof halitosis, which stems from the secretion of ammonia through the lungs as a side effect of burning all that fat. Some people on low-carb diets have reported kidney stones, gallstones and a number of other ailments. Scientific research on both sides of this debate is being done all the time, but in our experience from talking to the members of our community and tracking their data, it is generally a case of what was done before they started Banting and not Banting itself. But, this post isn’t here to debate that, it serves as a ‘how to’ and not as a ‘you should’. Eat more buttery or creamy sauce on your steak and eat less steak. Your body can convert protein into glucose so too much meat will hinder your progress. What doIdo? Theoretically it is very easy. Avoid anything with high carbs in it. If you’re not sure what those might be, consult the Real Meal Revolution ‘Red List’. Even dipping your toe into the red list will ruin Continue reading >>
Is There A Difference Between The Banting And Ketogenic Diets?
The Banting Diet: Tim Noakes and the Banting Diet have gained popularity in South Africa faster than the next big boy band. But did you know that the Banting diet is actually nothing new? It has been around since 1863 when William Banting wrote a booklet called the Letter on Corpulence in which he documented all of the unsuccessful diets he had experimented with as well as the one which worked for him, now known as the Banting diet. This diet placed emphasis on consuming meat, greens, fruit and dry wine while avoiding sugar, saccharine matter, starch, beer, milk and butter.Things have changed slightly since Tim Noakes has reinvented this diet. While the diet still avoids things like sugar and starch, it promotes the healthy fats like whole milk and butter. In fact, the only fat that Tim Noakes recommends staying away from is trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils). In Tim Noakes’ approach to his diet, he does not specifically recommend that you follow a restriction on your calories. The thought pattern behind this is basically that if you are not eating carbs, your insulin levels aren’t spiking to levels which will encourage fat storage. Secondly, the increased intake of protein and fat should keep you feeling satiated for a far longer period meaning that you will naturally eat less in a day. These two elements work in conjunction to help you lose weight. The controversy surrounding this diet is that it is, or should I say was, believed that an increased level of fat intake leads to increased cholesterol levels which can then cause heart disease and many other ailments. However, it has recently been proven that healthy fats actually improve LDL, or good, cholesterol and decrease the amounts of HDl, or bad, cholesterol. The Ketogenic Diet: Bodybuilders and fitness e Continue reading >>
The Truth About Low Carb, High Protein And Fat Ketogenic Diets
This has mutated into various forms from the South Beach Diet in California to the Dukan Diet in France, the Real Meal Revolution in South Africa and the Total Wellbeing Diet in Australia. It is not dissimilar to the paleo or Stone Age diets which shun grains and other carbs in favour of lots of meat plus vegetables, on the basis that it is what our ancestors ate. The central idea is that, by eating lots of fat and protein, and virtually no carbs, the body’s metabolism switches from burning glucose to burning ketones and goes into a state of ‘ketosis’. Think of ketones as a back-up fuel when times are hard – it’s what we survive off when we burn our own fat in times of starvation. Since fat converts most easily into ketones, low-carb diets recommend lots of high fat meats and dairy products, despite neither being part of our ancestors diet. There have been lots of studies that show: that it works for weight loss, but no better than my kind of low GL diet, which advocates a bit more protein, less and the right kind of low GL carbs that it works for diabetes reversal and lowering blood fats (triglycerides made from glucose) that it’s not the ketosis that makes the diet work, but the reduction in calories. But longer term studies (1 year+) don’t tend to show a benefit over other less extreme low GL (glycemic load) dietary approaches. For example, a review of 19 trials comparing low carb versus balanced diets concludes, ‘There is probably little or no difference in weight loss and changes in cardiovascular risk factors up to two years of follow-up when overweight and obese adults, with or without type 2 diabetes, are randomised to low carb diets and isoenergetic (calorie) balanced weight loss diets.’ Another trial comparing four diets – high carb, high G Continue reading >>
Banting Vs Ketogenic Diet
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Bulletproof Vs. Paleo Vs. Low-carb And Ketogenic Diets: What’s The Difference?
I was in my 20s when I started suffering from severe fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. I was 300 pounds, sick constantly, and almost had to drop out of grad school because I couldn’t concentrate. Back then, I thought my inability to think clearly and perform at high levels was some sort of moral failing. I would beat myself up. I would work harder and stay up later, trying to catch up with my peers. I tried every diet imaginable, including raw vegan and years of falling off the low-fat bandwagon. I hit the treadmill for hours every day. Nothing worked. So I took matters into my own hands. The Bulletproof Diet was born after a decade of working with some of the world’s top health and nutrition researchers. Over a span of about 15 years, I devoured thousands of research papers and books on human nutrition. I used my body as a testing ground to determine what worked best for my biology. The result is a diet that has helped thousands of people lose fat and gain the energy and clarity they thought they’d lost forever. So, what differentiates the Bulletproof Diet from other low-carb diets? Read on to find out. For an in-depth plan on how to boost energy and increase brain function in just two weeks, get your copy of Head Strong. Bulletproof vs. Paleo: The Big Picture If you were to map out the most popular diets, you’d see a vast spectrum of practices and plans ranging from low-fat vegan to high-fat, low-carb (HFLC). This deliciously fatty end of the spectrum is where the Bulletproof Diet and the Primal, Paleo, and Atkins diets would lie. The Paleo diet eliminates processed foods and focuses on what our paleolithic ancestors ate – mostly meat, plants, nuts, and seeds. The Bulletproof Diet is similar but designed to maximize your willpower by reducing cravings and m Continue reading >>
Comparing Three Popular Diet Trends: Paleo Vs Keto Vs Mediterranean
If you’re looking to be the fittest you can be you’ve undoubtedly looked into the diets that are likely to support your goals. You’re interested in being lean, maintaining muscle, peak performance and blowing away your doctor every time at your yearly physical. Unless you really are a cave dweller, you have heard of the Paleo (or similarly named) diets before. If you follow biohackers and scientific diet research, you’ve heard of the Ketogenic diet. And, if you ever watch or read the news, you most certainly have heard of the Mediterranean diet. Have you given any of them a try, maybe skimmed the surface or are considering which one might be best for you? When it comes to these three popular diets, Christopher Gardner, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine and Director of Nutrition Studies at Stanford University says, “the public health community should be open to these, and every other diet. We have an obesity epidemic that we haven’t been able to solve, and this goes hand in hand with a chronic disease epidemic that is crippling the health care system of the US.” So let’s look at these three diet trends, two of which have reliable research to back them up. They all include a moderate to high amount of protein intake which Americans love (a topic Dr. Gardener will be lecturing on this week). They can each give you great results for losing weight and improving important biomarkers. The issue, as with any diet is, can you adhere to one of these long term? Let’s start first with the newest of the trends – the Paleo diet - founded by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. and has branched off into a movement launching many other brands based on Dr. Cordain’s tenets of “eating foods you were designed to eat.” The belief is that when we switched from eating only foods we could Continue reading >>
Banting For Beginners
1. What exactly is Banting? Banting is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF) diet, named after William Banting, the first person to do it. It’s been made popular by Professor Tim Noakes in his book The Real Meal Revolution. The idea is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. 2. So is Banting just another a high-protein diet like the Atkins Diet? No. This is a common misconception. The focus is on increasing fat and decreasing carb intake in your diet. Your protein intake should be moderate. 3. Everyone says I won’t have to weigh food and I can eat as much as I like. Is this true? As long as you eat the right types of fats (mostly animal fats) and minimal carbs (avoid anything with a carb content of more than 5g per 100g; sugary food is a no-no) then you can eat until you’re full. However, use your common sense, and don’t overeat! With meat, stick to no more than 80g with any meal. 4. What ratio of vegetables, fats and proteins should I be trying to stick to? This is tricky, but the rule of thumb is 50/50 meat/veg. Your fat should be included in that. As fat suppresses the appetite, you’ll know if you’re eating enough by how soon after a meal you get hungry again. If you eat breakfast and are hungry again before lunchtime, you need to up you fat intake at breakfast. Ideally, you shouldn’t need to eat more than twice a day, but that does take some getting used to. Related: 5 Key Results from Banting Study 5. How am I supposed to know what I can and can’t eat? Of course: just follow the green, orange and red lists in The Real Meal Revolution. Green-list items contain less than 5% of carbs per serving, orange-list items contain less than 25g of carbs per serving, and red-list items are all no-nos. These webs Continue reading >>
Switching From Low-carb Or Keto To Paleo
Disclaimer: some people do perfectly fine on very low-carb or ketogenic diets for years and years. If that’s you, great! But if that’s not you, then you might find something useful here. Frustrated by low-carb? Did it stop working for you, or maybe you’re just tired of the intense restriction on everything from carrots to kale? It might be time to try a different tack: instead of focusing only on carbs, try a more rounded Paleo approach. What’s the Difference? On a low-carb diet, the goal is exactly that: to minimize carbs, usually for the purpose of weight loss (although sometimes it’s for other reasons – for example, people who try a ketogenic diet to control epilepsy). On a Paleo diet, the goal is to make appropriate nutritional choices considering your evolutionary history. You can do a low-carb version of Paleo, but just cutting carbs does not automatically make a diet Paleo, and Paleo is about a whole set of food choices, not just carbs. Here’s a chart comparing some key differences: Generic low-carb/keto Paleo Carbohydrate level Low Variable; low to medium. Ultimate goal Typically weight loss (although there are exceptions) Better health (sometimes this includes weight loss) Is soy sauce (containing wheat) allowed? Yes, since the tiny amount of carbohydrate is negligible. No, since wheat is a gut irritant. Is canola oil (containing lots of Omega-6 fats) allowed? Yes, since it has no carbs. No, since Omega-6 fats are inflammatory and unhealthy. Are sweet potatoes (containing significant amounts of carbohydrate) allowed? No, since they have carbs. Yes, since they are full of nutrients and do not contain any toxins or gut irritants. Is tofu (containing soy) allowed? Yes, since it has few carbs. No; soy is full of inflammatory Omega-6 fats and other pro Continue reading >>
Paleo, Banting & Ketogenic Diets: All You Need To Know
There has been much talk about the Paleo, Ketogenic and Banting Diets. At Nutriseed, one thing is for sure, we are fans of all them and the healthy lifestyle associated with each. We have been asked repeatedly about each of them, their differences and similarities, merits and drawbacks. Here, once and for all, we’d like to debunk exactly what each of these involves, and which way may be right for you. We don’t see these as ‘fads diets’; some date back as far as the 1800’s! One thing for sure, if you are looking to make strong lifestyle changes, achieve your fitness and health goals these are 3 mindsets of eating that may help you get there. The Paleo Diet What is the Paleo Diet? The basic premise of the Paleo Diet is to consume the foods that date back to the pre-agricultural hunter gatherers. Thus, it promotes foods that are predisposed to our genetics. Studies have shown that modern-day diets of refined foods, trans fats, and sugars, are a major source of various degenerative diseases including diabetes, heart disease and obesity, (hardly surprising, right?). The Paleo Diet, unlike many others (but similar to the Banting and Ketogenic Diets), does not restrict calories or involve portion control. So in essence, you can eat as much as you like… of the correct foods. The Paleo Diet is structured on the following precepts: High protein intake Protein typically represents 15% of the average western diet, which is far lower than the 20-35% found in hunter-gatherer diets. Lean meats, seafood and other animal products are staples of the modern Paleo diet, helping you to feel full and satisfied, grow strong muscles and healthy bones. Low carbohydrate intake Key carbohydrate intake comes from non-starchy fruit and vegetables, and represent around 35-45% of your dai Continue reading >>
Keto, Paleo, Banting, Atkins, Lchf! What’s The Difference?
Banting, LCHF, Paleo, Atkins, and Ketogenic diets, they’re all the same right?, well not quite. Before you even consider giving up your beloved carbohydrates you should have an understanding of what each diet comprise. The basis of these diets is the limitation of carbohydrates, a higher proportion of fat, moderate proteins but most importantly the elimination of sugar, processed foods, grains and legumes. A number of recent studies shows that low carbohydrate diets makes it easier to lose weight and control blood sugar. The first thing you will notice is the higher fat proportion, and before you are hyperventilating you need to understand a very basic fact in Nutrition. The human body is created in such a wonderful way that it could utilize energy from both fats or carbohydrates. By limiting your carbohydrates your body will adapt to use fat as the main source for energy. Remember, this a low carb diet not a NO CARB diet, unless you only eat meat in its natural state and butter you will still consume small amounts of carbs. Yes, lettuce have carbs too, so does bacon and ham due to a sugar and salt solution used in the process to cure the meats. Eggs also contain trace amounts of carbohydrates ( 0.6g per egg) so does dairy products due to the lactose present. The same logic goes for your fat intake on a low carb high fat diet. If you limit your carbohydrate intake you cannot expect your body to function properly without supplying enough fat for energy, unless you are comfortable chewing off your own arm out of hunger. Let’s start with Banting? Banting is a more familiar word for South Africans introduced to us by Prof. Tim Noakes and made popular through his best seller The Real meal Revolution. The LCHF(Low Carb high fat) diet consist of the theory of what early hu Continue reading >>
Paleo Vs Banting | Two Great Diets Reviewed
The Great Paleo vs Banting Debate: Hopefully, you have arrived at this Paleo vs Banting battle page after having already read my foundational article “Fat vs Sugar – Cholecystokinin tells all“. If not, step back for a moment and read it first for a full understanding of the detail behind many of the principled views that will surface in this discussion on Paleo vs Banting and how these two diets are individually relevant to the ongoing fat vs sugar debate. For those readers that have already read my previous article , here is a high-level summary of the salient points that were made therein as a reminder : Your body is designed to store <500g of carbohydrate for a typical 70Kg adult male. 80% of that carbohydrate storage resides in the muscle tissue and this is for very food reason – sugar is best suited in “kick-starting” your metabolism, but is very poor at sustaining it – as such, the sugar is best stored at the point where it is most readily able to serve your body’s immediate needs. It is my opinion that this sugar storage in the muscle tissue, is very important even though it is such a minor amount of energy storage when compared with the body’s primary and preferred storage and vehicle for energy transport, known as FAT. That’s right, FAT is nature’s answer as the BEST mechanism for storing and transporting energy around your body and it is for this reason that a typical adult male will store around 7Kg of FAT (double that for a typical woman) compared with the minisule storage of sugar/carbohydrate that I have already referred to. Ask yourself why Nature could be so seemingly “dumb” to do this absurd thing if the common knowledge that “fat is bad for you” is correct. The simple answer to this conundrum is that Nature is always right Continue reading >>