I've been Banting on and off since July 2013. I'm not a strict everyday Banter, but I do watch my carbs, cook most of the food I eat, and I use Banting as a tool to shed weight if I've been naughty. I've always been a sports lover and I've also always been obsessed with the idea that food can be used as a tool beyond just fuel for survival. It can be used to optimise performance, to set the mood, to enhance focus and many other things.
When my wife lost 20kg following the Noakes Diet in 2012, I was intrigued. Prof [Tim Noakes] was on my radar as a sport scientist, and now his diet was helping people lose weight. I knew I had to get involved because his diet sounded like it ticked all of my boxes. And it did.
There are elements of a Banting lifestyle that work for everyone. Eating real, unprocessed food is a no-brainer. Eating a diet super-low in carbs, though, is different for everyone. My experience has been that lean people who are athletic battle without carbs, while those who are prone to putting on weight can benefit hugely from removing most carbs from their diet.