Monday, 12 March 2018

What is Banting?

By Jacolise De Beer:

I read this earlier and LOVED it...

"Banting is not a diet.

Banting is not starvation.

Banting is not eating 3 small meals and then drowning out the hunger you still feel with water.

Banting is also not stuffing yourself from morning to night with food and fat.

Banting is simply reducing carbs and cutting out unhealthy and processed foods, so your body can use healthy fats for fuel. It's teaching your body to use fats for energy instead of carbs, so you can address your insulin resistance.

So in the beginning you may lose your appetite because your body is already accessing your stored fats. Or you may become hungry quicker cause your body isn't used to this type of eating and must first become fat adapted. And there's nothing wrong with either way. That's why there's the rule that says eat when hungry, stop when full. For some it may be a little. For some a lot. We are all different with different appetites too. There's also a very real difference between eating till full and eating till you have to undo the button on your jeans.

When you stop listening to the clock and to the lunch bell and start listening to your body, in time you will see a reduced intake of food, simply because if you bant according to the ratio's, which are fats balanced with protein balanced with carbs, the fats will keep you fuller for longer and the amount of carbs won't lead to excessive insulin spikes leaving you crashing and hungry 2 hours after eating. It's about balance. It's about eating healthy food. It's about giving your body what it needs, not what it wants. And as your body adapts to this, it becomes healthy. And a healthy body will either lose excess weight or pick up needed weight to function optimally. That's why this is not a diet. It's not a quick fix to lose 10kgs in 2 weeks. It's not a race. It's a lifestyle adaptation and the only people who will maintain this lifestyle are the people who will get this and treat their bodies to what it needs, every day.

So stop judging others, focus on your own journey and enjoy the benefits of this healthy lifestyle."

So if you're a serial dieter, stoppit with the diet tendencies and mentality. Banting isn't about sacrifice to lose weight, its about eating healthy with weight loss being a side effect. 

Thanks for this Jacolise de Beer!

1 comment:

  1. I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!


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