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Throwback Thursday: What Is The Banting Diet?

The Banting Eating Plan is a weight loss program adapted by William Harvey which ultimately relies on high fat, and low carbohydrates for optimum weight loss. This may seem a little startling if you’re coming from a balanced diet, but is used in a variety of modern weight loss programs including the popular Atkins diet.

The idea of banting refers to keeping a low-carbohydrate diet which focuses on consuming foods high in fat, and feeding your body what it deserves. A few main objectives include eating sugar in moderation, and cooking most of your main meals from scratch.

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Which foods are allowed?

Banting encourages the consumption of high fat (avocado, eggs, olive oil, fatty fish), moderate protein (salmon, lentils, chicken), plus a variety of leafy green and crunchy vegetables which should be used as snacks to fuel the body.

Although this sounds relatively easy from a beginners point of view, most foods should be cooked from scratch so you know exactly what ingredients they contain.

Which foods are not encouraged?

Since this is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet, the consumption of grains don’t find any place within banting. If you’re finding it difficult to cut them out or go cold-turkey, switch to whole grains since they are a much healthier alternative.

Similarly, sugar (both natural and artificial), is also discouraged since it is viewed as an addiction. The same rule applies for fruit; rather than thinking of fruit as a healthy snack throughout the day, it is viewed as a sweet instead. Keep fruit to a minimum, and enjoy a crunchy vegetable as a substitute.

How does banting actually work?

The idea of banting seeks to eliminate unnecessary eating or snacking, and focuses on a clean diet which is made mostly from scratch. It is an entire lifestyle change which doesn’t encourage the consumption of processed foods, fruits, sugar and grains for a long and healthy life. Combined with regular exercise and physical activity, banting will get your body back on track without loading on the extra kilograms.

Are there any side effects?

Since sugar is not encouraged, many people usually feel tired, experience intense migraines, suffer from an upset stomach, and even have the symptoms of withdrawal decreases sugar levels. This is often referred to as the low-carb flu, and will only last a short period of time. To combat this, get involved in swimming, running, or yoga which will get your natural energy back.

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September 10, 2015

What is the S Factor Diet?

Would you try an eating plan which only last 2 weeks, and is designed to make you feel happy all the time? The S Factor Diet takes hormones into consideration to make your body feel it’s best, rather than depleting the body of serotonin – which often leads to mood swings and binge eating.

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How does it work?

The S Factor Diet is specially created by Lowri Turner to balance your hormones, and include foods which will have your mind and body feeling satisfied, not starved. In the early stages, you have to participate in a short questionnaire which determines the types of hormones that are causing your body to gain all the extra weight. It’s main objective is to prove that some hormones could actually be the cause of all your cravings!

How long does it last?

A 14-day food plan is all the time you need to get your diet back on track, and eliminate food and drinks which are causing your body to pack on the kilograms. Even though it may seem like a short period of time, there are many tips and tricks you can incorporate into your lifestyle after the diet is over.

What can I eat?

The diet is split into two stages which focus firstly on fat consumption, and then on achieving a consistent weight loss. This basically means that you’ll be eating approximately 1000-1600 calories a day between both phases.

An average day consists three main meals which are mostly high in protein, and will help to maximise your weight loss. Eggs, fish, and vegetables are all important parts of the S Factor Diet, since they control cravings, and leave you feeling full and content for longer.

What can’t I eat?

On the 14 day eating plan, it is advised that you avoid processed sugar, dairy products, and to an extent, foods which contain gluten.

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December 3, 2014

Would You Try The Dukan Protein Diet?

Did you know that the Dukan diet is just one of the most popular eating plans of 2014? French doctor Pierre Dukan formulated his self-titled diet in the mid-1970s which is based on four different stages to help people control their weight.

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The four phases of the Dukan diet include attack, cruise, consolidation, and stabilisation which help dieters to easily achieve their target weight through the consumption of protein-rich foods. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?

Here is everything you need to know about the Dukan diet, the effectiveness of it’s four phases, and how this can help you lose weight.

How does it work?

The Dukan diet revolves around 100 allowed foods, which are then broken down into four very different phases that we briefly touched upon earlier. Here is what they actually mean:

1. Attack

The first phase is called attack, and helps dieters to lose weight fast by boosting the rate of their metabolism. This means that the diet at this point consists of primarily protein-rich foods which are eaten at every single meal.

2. Cruise

The second phase called cruise, focuses on introducing 28 specific veggies into the already protein-rich diet, but avoiding certain starchy or fatty vegetables such as potato or even avocado. The dieter will lose up to 1kg a week during this phase – that is if they stick to the strict list of approved vegetables.

3. Consolidation

The third phase called consolidation is one of the most important thus far, since it helps to avoid any further weight gain. Now is the best time to slowly reintroduce starchy foods such as bread and wheat, along with dairy and fruit.

4. Stabilisation

Finally in the fourth and final phase called stabilisation, dieters are encouraged to eat whatever they want without gaining weight. However there are just a few rules that must be followed to ensure that this phase actually works. This means that protein and oats must be eaten once per day. Light physical activity is also encouraged to avoid further weight gain.

Similarities to the Paleolithic diet

The diet teaches you healthy eating habits by proving that the body doesn’t require copious amounts of starch, sugar and fat to sustain itself. Although some of the phases might be considered somewhat harsh and difficult to maintain, they can be applied to your own diet plan after finishing the program.

Dukan notes that there are similarities to the paleo diet, the most obvious of which is the emphasis of high-protein and high-fat foods in the first 2 phases. Fruits, dairy and grains are kept to a minimum since these are the foods which cause problems such as bloating.

Both the Paleo and Dukan diet are very much plant-based eating programs, but is also evident within the highly popular Atkins diet as well.

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September 30, 2014

Would You Try The Blood Type Diet?

You wouldn’t believe us if we told you that there’s a diet which is genetically proven to help you lose weight, and keep it off?

We didn’t think so, but there’s been so much hype around the Blood Type Diet, that we’ve decided to pull back the wool and see how it really works to effectively help people lose weight.

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Created by naturopath Dr Peter J. D’Adamo, he claims that the foods we eat are programmed to chemically react with our blood type – whether that is an O, A, B, or AB. He suggests that if you follow a strict diet which corresponds with your own blood type, then this will lead to easy weight loss, and boost your energy.

“There had to be a reason why there were so many paradoxes in dietary studies and disease survival,” why some people lose weight and others do not on the same diet or why some people keep their vitality as they age, and others do not, says Dr. D’Adamo. 

Sounds pretty good, right? The diet was created on the basis that your blood type requires a certain code to work it’s best, and this involves eating the correct foods, and participating in the best exercise possible.

How does it work?

While there haven’t been any conclusive studies showing the effectiveness of the Blood Type Diet, it does benefit people who suffer from high-cholesterol. For the most part, they are encouraged to follow a low-fat diet which helps the heart and entire circulatory system work better.

What can I eat?

The Blood Type Diet is broken down into four different categories, which D’Adamo suggests leads to a smoother weight loss journey.

Type O

The universal donor is encouraged to follow a high-protein diet which relies heavily on the consumption of fish, poultry, lean meat, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy.

Type A

People with an A blood type best benefit from a meat-free diet, which is instead substituted with plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains which help to regulate the body. Try and remain as organic as possible, and buy fresh as often as possible.

Type B

The Type B blood type gets a little bit complicated, with D’Adamo suggesting that people with this blood type avoid corn, lentils, tomatoes, buckwheat, peanuts, and even sesame seeds. Instead, it’s best to stick to a plant-based diet, with lots of green vegetables, with some low-fat dairy and eggs.

Type AB

People with an AB blood type are advised to avoid caffeine and alcohol since this could interfere with the low acid in their stomach. Instead, it’s best to have a diet which focuses on seafood, dairy, and even green vegetables which can regulate this problem.

How can I start?

Before starting this diet, you have to find out your blood type (if you’re not aware of it already), and this can be achieved with a simple blood test. From there, you can discuss with your doctor the various risks of cutting out certain food groups, especially with blood types such as O, A, and AB which involve a lot of effort.

The diet also suggests that you should take part in exercises that also benefit your blood type. This includes yoga for A, and jogging for O.

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September 26, 2014