Banting is a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet, named after William Banting. The concept of this diet is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbohydrates for energy to burning fat.
So, what foods can you eat when on the Banting Diet?
This should be your main bulk food as it should be combined in every meal. Green vegetables are the best as it is low in carbohydrates and
has a good supply of nutrients. Make sure you eat a variety of green vegetables.
This is essential to Banting, as animal fat does not make you fat and it plays an important part in the Banting Diet. Consuming the animal fat in small amounts helps you to feel full and actually prevents you from over eating.
Be Cautious of fruits and nuts
Fruits contains natural sugar despite the fact it is good sugar but any form of sugar when on the Banting Diet is regarded as not good. Sugar needs to
be controlled when on the diet. Berries and nuts are good to eat and is a good snack food but try not to consume too much as nuts can cause weight gain in some individuals. Macadamias are best nuts to eat as they are loaded with healthy fats. Almonds have lots of fibre which is good for the body. And if you like eating nuts try to eat raw nuts rather than roasted nuts.
When on the Banting Diet there are 3 lists to guide you, the green list are foods you should be eating, the orange list is food that you also can eat but not too much of it and then the red list, this I food you should stay away from.
THE GREEN LIST
- Animal protein
- All meats, poultry and game
- All seafood (except swordfish and tilefish as it is high mercury content)
- Cottage cheese
- Full-cream Greek yoghurt
- Full-cream milk
- Hard cheeses
- Soft cheeses
- Any rendered animal fat
- Avocado oil
- Cheese - firm, natural, full-fat, aged cheeses (not processed)
- Coconut oil
- Duck fat
- Macadamia oil
- Mayonnaise, full fat only (not from seeds oils)
- Olive oil
Nuts and seeds
- Macadamia nuts
- Pecan nuts
- Pine nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Erythritol granules
- Stevia powder
- Xylitol granules
- Any other vegetables grown above the ground
- Artichoke hearts
- Brussel sprouts
- Spring onions
Avoid eating too much or too little
Generally, when people tend to start a diet they get nervous about the thought of not snacking and incline to go overboard at mealtimes. Don’t stress for as long there is enough fat in your diet, your body will soon adapt to eating moderately-sized meals. Take note when you have eaten too much your body will make you aware you are full.
Going on a diet takes a lot out of an individual as the most important thing we need to control is our mind. Stay strong and with much determination you can achieve what you set out to do.