Banting Diet, Everything You Need to Know – DO NOT Bant until you read this…

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Mid 2015 only 2 Banting Diet Restaurant were open in South Africa, Today they are scattered around the whole country. It’s obvious to why.. This Banting Lifestyle works!

Woolsworth, a grocery store recognized as selling organic food in South Africa has taken notice of the recent craze and now just like hundreds of other restaurants around the country has offered their own range of Banting diet products.

This makes it easier to follow the diet as selecting foods at a grocery store for the diet has become effortless.

Below I have written an article on everything you need to know on this new craze, the Banting diet!

What is the Banting Diet?

The banting diet is based around a LCHF (Low carb high fat) diet that was introduced by a Dr William Harvey who resided In London in 1861. He was the first one who bought about the diet this is why the banting diet is also known as the Harvey diet named after its founder. Dr Harvey has always said that this diet is right for him as he is a CR (Carb Resistant) person. His diet soon caught on and everyone that has begun this incredible way of life swears by the result. People not only lost weight but felt a lot healthier over all.

One thing to make note of it that the Banting Diet turns out not to be a diet at all, but rather a way of life that allows us to enjoy that fat on our steaks and butter in our gem squashed all while losing amazing amounts of fat.

The Diet works best for people people who are Carbohydrate Intolerant.

Signs that you may be carbohydrate intolerant..

  • If your weight fluctuates all the time• If you struggle to control those nasty sugar and carbohydrate cravings
  • Are you one of those that gain weight extremely easily?
  • Do you find you are Starving the first thing in the morning?
  • Would you categorize yourself as an emotional eater?
  • Do sugary and starchy meals cause you to feel foggy or sleepy?
  • Do you find that you feel extremely irritable in the evenings?
  • Do you feel a lot more emotional prior to having your periods?
  • Do you gain weight around your waist instead of your hips and thighs?

Banting Diet VS Paleo Diet

To begin, lets first focus on their similarities, both diets are evolved around the same LCHF principle, they both promote the idea that a high intake of fat and protein is much healthier than your standard way of life and that organic food is much healthier than todays processed foods. All natural food such as animal fats, chicken, nuts and seeds, vegetables and natural oils are looked on favourably in this diet. Both these diets primarily exclude foods such as sugars, starch or other processed foods etc.

Some of the Differences Include:

The Paleo Diet Is geared more towards eating in a way our ancestors did before agricultural methods were founded, it focuses on natural foods such as animals, berries, fruits, veggies. Although Potatoes and rice are not initially allowed on the paleo diet, it slowly introduces them later on to test if your line of ancestral past has evolved your body to accept these foods. In the Paleo diet it is all about finding out what your body can acts favourably towards. Milk on the Paleo diet is initially done away with completely, but again can be re-instated to see how your body reacts to it.

The banting diet is more of a new age Paleo diet In a sense, foods that are produced post agricultural can be consumed freely. The biggest difference is that in the banting diet it is thought that fructose found in fruit is a powerful carbohydrate therefore fruit is banned in the diet completely. In the banting diet milk is looked upon favourably and is seen as a high form of nutrients.

Apart from that, the one other major difference is the ratios between the two diets. The Paleo diet introduces a slightly higher percentage of carbohydrate intakes than the Banting diet mainly due to the Fruits being consumed.

Both diets are extremely effective and their effects on weight loss are Factual.

What are the Benefits of the Banting Diet?

The reported benefits of the Banting diet have been nothing short of amazing, this diet seems to have changed the lives of thousands of people and has even helped people manage some chronicle illnesses.

Going into all Benefits would deserve an article for itself but to name a few more popular benefits:

  • People report getting better night’s sleep which helps their mood drastically.
  • At first carb cravings are high but as your body gets over the initial shock people carbohydrate cravings disappear completely.
  • Fat is known to give you a fuller feeling after a meal therefore People get less hungry and therefore don’t feel the need to eat as often.
  • The overall feeling of well-being increases drastically as your life begins to change.

General Outline of the Banting Diet:

General Foods Allowed:

Avo, low carb fruit, any dairy (yes even cream), leafy green vegetables, eggs, meat with fat (who’s complaining) Fish and many more.

General Foods to Avoid:

Potatoes, high carb vegetables like pea, anything artificial, sugar, bread, oats, pasta etc

A Typical day in the Banting Diet

A typical day in the life of a banting Diet will be like the following:

As you can see although you have to get rid of those delicious carbs, it helps knowing that you can replace it with foods like bacon and steak.

Banting Breakfast:

Bacon and eggs with spinach and feta

Banting Lunch:

Chicken and Avo salad, tomatoes, seeds, nuts drizzled with olive oil

Banting Dinner:

Grilled pork ribs with eggplant & feta salad


Strawberries and cream

Banting Diet Tips and Tricks

Achieving success during the diet will be difficult at first, however, there are many tips and tricks you can use in the diet to help you succeed.

Take away the Temptation: First thing you want to do is replace your normal house hold snacks into foods you are actually allowed to eat. Remove all sweets and chips and replace them with healthier snacks that taste just as good like nuts, biltong, cream cheese, pickles, olives and the sorts. There are thousands of options to snack on, make them quick and easy to kill any cravings that might arise.

Keep Occupied: Boredom sparks cravings, it has and always will. If ou recognise this it will help you control it, when you find you are bored and hunger slowly creeps in, find something to keep you busy, these is even more important in the beginning stages when those carb cravings will be at their worst. Dehydration also causes hunger, make sure you get at least six to 8 glasses of water in daily.

Eat Before you go Shopping: Ever walked into a grocery store while dying for a packet of chips? Chances are you’ll throw that first bag of chips you see straight into your trolley. It’s simple to avoid this, have a big hearty meal before stepping foot into that grocery store. Full up on a nice juicy steak and egg with a side of broccoli and cheese sauce. Doesn’t sound too bad right? I Didn’t think so.

Avoid “Low fat” Items at Grocery Store: Its nothing but a clever marketing strategy, companies will sell off their food as “low fat” but forget to mention that the reduction of fat is replaced with more sugars, when shopping you want to avoid these foods because they tend to have the most carbs in them. Look for items such as “full fat “or “full cream”, these are the more organic items of food filled with the fat you’ll need to sustain your metabolism through the diet.

Oil can change with heat: First off be cautious about the type of oil you use, you want to be using healthy oils such as Olive oil. After saying this, be mindful that most oils oxidize during the heating process and release harmful compounds. There are oils that are resistant to heat such as Coconut oil.

List of Healthy cooking oil in order:

  1. coconut oil (Should be your first option, can be used for extreme heat cooking)
  2. Butter (Burns easily with high heat, great for low heat cooking)
  3. Olive Oil (Do not use for frying, use for low heat cooking)
  4. Animal Fats (Varies between animal types, organic raised animals tend to be better for cooking)
  5. Palms Oil
  6.  Avocado Oil (Generally the same as olive oil)

DO NOT use for cooking:

  1. Fish Oil
  2.  Flax Oil
  3.  Canola Oil
  4.  Vegetable or seed oils

Butter is Great:  We’ve been bought up being told that margarine is healthier than butter, this is just not the case! Butter is a lot healthier and filled with nutrients than margarine is, margarine is made from processed seed oils that contain very little nutritional value. General rule of thumb is use butter!

Banting Diet Mistakes to Avoid

Being too scared to eat Fat

As a kid we’ve always been told that fat makes you fat, the most difficult thing to come to terms to is that fat is not the main culprit for weight gain, the problem is carbohydrates.

Since you are eliminating carbs, your body needs another source of energy, and on the banting diet this energy comes from fat therefore it is important that you get enough fat while being on the diet. Not getting enough energy can be detrimental to your metabolism and hamper results.

So make sure you eat that fat on your steak!!

Too many Carbohydrates

The truth is there are hidden carbs all over the place, many people forget to count carbs that could be found in sauces which unfortunately usually has a very large sugar content. It may be easy taking this account when making your own food, but it’s much more difficult when eating out at restaurants.

So Be Aware of those Evil little Carbohydrate Critters

Keeping It Boring

So many people get into the habit of eating the same meals every single day..this un doubty gets extremely boring and becomes almost impossible to maintain.

Be creative, find recipes online and make it fun. After all this is more of an lifestyle therefore make it enjoyable, the possibilities of the types of foods you can enjoy are endless. You can even make desserts delicious enough that you forget you are even on a diet.

Don’t be lazy…make it fun!

Oh those cheat days..

It’s extremely easy to be carried away while being away with friends and ordering a milk shake or sneaking some sugar into your coffee…or even worse, ever tried sticking to your diet while drinking? Almost impossible, alcohol makes you careless, careless enough to get a few quarter pounders and cheese down your neck while driving home. Always try and remain conscious of the new lifestyle you are trying to adapt, in the beginning this can be difficult but give it time, it’ll become second nature before you know it.

Yes you should be Exercising, sigh…

You should always be exercising, doesn’t matter what disabilities you have, doesn’t matter how many limbs you have missing or how old you are. Your body always needs to remain active to a certain degree of course, it doesn’t matter what diet you use or fad pill you wash down your neck, doing some form of exercise, any form.. at least 3 times a week is key to not just losing weight, but just gaining that over all feeling of well-being.

Patience Is Key

It really is, to anything in life really. Don’t expect to see results instantly, like all good things in life it takes effort and TIME. Keep your mind off of the number of days before eating your last K.F.C, rather focus on day to day living, one day you’ll wake up and look into the mirror and think where the hell did my other half go?!

Watch Out for Dehydration

Food eaten on the banting diet naturally contains more sodium and protein, these foods casues dehydration therefore make sure you are drinking enough water.  Six to eight glasses of water each day is usually enough.

Banting diet Negativity

Don’t believe it, the worst thing you can do before starting a new diet is google “does the diet work”. Negative media grabs attention which is why their articles rise to the top of google.

Lest do a test, if a diet works for you how likely are you to post your result online? 9/10 of you won’t, its human nature, you’ll enjoy the results and continue with your life. Now let’s try the opposite. Let’s say you hated a diet and you thought it was useless, its human nature to complain so therefore 7/10 of you will post your negative experience. Even though the diet worked for the majority of people, the majority of negative reviews make it online.

The only way of knowing for sure is by trying the banting diet yourself.

What are the side-effects of Banting?

All low carb high fat diets such as the Banting Diet usually comes with side-effects during the first week.

The Banting side effects are as follows: Intense carbohydrate cravings, Headaches, sluggish feeling and depression.

These side effects comes from toxins leaving the body as well withdrawal symptoms. It’s important to stick it out during these tough days, it only get’s easier once the side-effects subside after 3 to 5 days.

Banting Restaurants in South Africa

Restaurants around the country have made it easier to stick to your diet even while going out with friends.

Below is a list of some of the best Restaurants that have a Paleo Menu in South Africa.

Banting Restaurants in Johannesburg

Windmill on Main

54 Main Road, Midrand.

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria

Shop 23 World Wear Centre.

Craft Restaurant

33 4th Ave.

Cafe Bellini

204 Elston Ave, Western Extension, Benoni.

JB Rivers

shop MM51, Hyde park corner.

Pizza Del Forno

Farrarmere Shopping Centre. 20 Sheridan Road. Cnr Bayley Road. Farrarmere, Benoni.

Red Door Cafe

26,5th Avenue, Edenvale.

The Fat Zebra

72 7th Street, Randburg.

Paputzis Coffee House and Art Gallery

69 Fourth Ave, Linden, Randburg.

Banting Restaurants in Pretoria

Pure Cafe

137 Thompson Street.


1 Meerlust Street, The Willows.

Isiphiwo Boutique Hotel

31 Mountain Drive.

Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza

676 Chamberlain Street.

Anjas Tea Garden

Plot 21 Lynnwood Road.

Craft Restaurant

33 4th Ave.

Banting Restaurants in George

Travel Bugs

111 York Street

Banting Restaurants in Bloemfontien

Loch Logan

Waterfront mall.

Banting Restaurants in Port Elizabeth

Grass Roof

Heron Rd, Sardinia Bay

Brioche Food and Coffee Banting Diet Menu

181 Main Road, Walmer.

Banting Restaurants in Petermarizburg

Coffeeberry Cafe

Cascades Shopping Centre, 19 Cascades Centre.

Banting Restaurants in Umhloti

Mundo Vida

1 South Beach Road

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3 Responses

  1. Rose says:

    send a full detailed list of banting foods for weight loss

  2. Makamo says:

    Very helpful. Im on 3rd mnth of banting

  3. Florina says:

    Can I stop Banting, after reaching my weight target?

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