TIM NOAKES FOOD & 10 GOLDEN RULES OF BANTING
The first thing you need to remember is that weight loss is unique to everyone.
Banting has become synonymous with the Tim Noakes Diet which refers to going on a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. Here are some rules to guide you.
Foods that Tim Noakes has removed from his diet
- Sugar (Must be completely removed from your diet)
- All sugary drinks including cola drinks and sweetened fruit juices Bread
- Breakfast cereals
- high energy fruits like bananas
- All confectionary – cakes and sweets
- Desserts containing sugar and carbohydrates
- Artificial sweeteners and products containing these products (like “diet” colas)
- Vegetable oils containing high concentrations of omega 6 fatty acids
Tim Noakes restricts his food choices to the following food and beverage groups:
- Meat – not processed and preferably from sources that are organically raised eating grass. This group includes biltong, preferably game or ostrich.
- Dairy Produce – milk, cheese and yogurt – all full cream and from organically fed cows.
- Nuts – especially macadamias, walnuts and almonds but specifically excluding the non-nuts, peanuts and cashews which are high in carbohydrates.
- Fruits – only those which have a lower carbohydrate content like berries and apples.
- Water, tea and coffee (all unsweetened)!
- Eggs – from free range hens
- Vegetables – mainly leafy, low carbohydrate sources like lettuce but also including broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, avocado and many others. The choice is based on their nutrient value and their low carbohydrate content.
- Fish – an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids
10 golden rules of Banting
- Remember: this is not a high protein diet. It’s a high fat, medium protein, low carb way of eating
- Fat is not the enemy. Enjoy it!
- Choose real foods that look like what they are, and cook them from scratch
- Don’t eat when you’re not hungry. You won’t die if you occasionally skip a meal you don’t feel like eating.
- Snacking. You won’t need to – it’s just a habit.
- Eat only when you are hungry; eat until you are satisfied – then stop
- 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.
- No (or very, very little) fruit. Think of it as a sweet rather than a health snack.
- No grains of any kind
- Embrace eggs. They’re healthy, satisfying and very good for you.