The Banting Diet : How it started
William Banting was an English undertaker in the 19th Century. For most of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th his family business was the undertakers to the Royal Family. He was obese, and had tried many different fasts, diets, exercise regimes etc without any success he took the advice of Dr. William Harvey who had taken the idea from a lecture on diabetes management given by Claude Bernard.
Mr Bantings diet consisted of four meals a day of meat, greens, fruits and dry wine. He cut out sugar, starch, beer, milk and butter.
In essence the Banting Diet or Banting Lifestyle, a better term, is about replacing carbohydrates as an energy source with fats.
This may seem strange since fats have a much higher energy content per gram than carbohydrates. The reason is that carbohydrates energy is available instantly, there is no need or very little that the body has to do in order to utilise the energy. This means we get spikes of energy then drops. These drops make us hungry and therefore we eat more and take in more food than we really need. With fats the body has to work on them and convert them to carbohydrates before it can use the energy. This results in a sustained flow of energy over a period of time. We do not get the sugar highs and lows of the carbohydrate diet.
This is a very simplistic way of looking at it. It is obviously a lot more complex but it is an adequate explanation for now.
My name is Neil Jackson. Born in 1960 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I have a couple of tertiary education diplomas, Dip Pharm (Diploma in Pharmacy) and Dip Data (Diploma in Datametrics, Computer Science).
I have run a number of successful weight loss clinics in some of the pharmacies I have worked.
Back in the day, the weight loss world recommended six small meals a day. Very difficult when you are working. By replacing carbohydrate with fats as the energy source we can cut down to a more manageable two to three meals a day.
Prior to 2008, 14 November, I had a website design company, Webcoza. On the 14th November 2008, there was a typhoon that blew through Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natal. My house / office was in the way and it was almost destroyed. We had to move out for half a year. The staff tried to continue from their homes using Skype, but it was never the same again. In order to pay for the repairs I started to do more locums at various pharmacies, this obviously took me away from the website business. We still host websites and create them but on a much smaller scale. We don’t actively promote Webcoza but we can still develop a website for you if you wish.
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