Friday, 20 January 2017

Fat is not the enemy!...Banting

Hey there!

Okay let me start by telling you that I love food and that I'm an emotional eater. My eating was whack over the past few months. Its no wonder that when  I stepped on the scale it read 'One at time please!' I had  gained close to 10kg's! I  began  my weightloss challenge again and hoping that this time I stick to it. You can join  me   here.
Anywho, I was totally excited after a really good friend of mine contacted me to tell me all about her success with Banting. I was shocked when I saw her before and after pictures! I just had to ask her to share it with you all, I know that someone out there will be motivated. We've been friends for as long as I can remember. I admire her fighting spirit- she never just throws in the towel easily. Years back we took up jogging for weightloss and fitness, I found it very difficult and at times I really wanted to quit, but this lady here was always cheering me on...telling me that I could do it! And because she inspired me with her running I  managed to do and complete a half marathon. ( I still cant believe it) And that is partly  how I  lost more than 20kg's at the beginning of my weight loss journey almost three years ago. Now she has inspired me yet again! Her results with Banting is incredible!

 So everybody- Meet Charmaine her starting weight before Banting was 74kg.
After Banting she is now 63kg's and still losing.
Charmaine cut out sugar, carbs, and all processed foods. She increased her vegetable intake and only eats when she is hungry. Water became her best friend after ditching fizzy drinks and juices. She started loosing weight before she even started exercising. Charmaine says that  portion control is key,  and knowing which list to eat freely from is also vital.

Want to know what Banting is all about?
 Basically Banting is a low carbohydrate, high fat (LCHF) diet, named after William Banting who was the first person to do it. This way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. The focus is on increasing fat and decreasing carb intake in your diet. Your protein intake should be moderate. Sugary food is a no no. When you fill up with carbohydrates such as bread, cereals, pastries and refined sugars, you may get full but that soon wears off. You will find yourself snacking all day- looong....

The green list helps you decide  which foods you can eat almost freely from  and on a daily basis. These are foods you want to have readily available in your kitchen.

The orange list are foods you want to have occassionally as a healthy treat or a small snack. Fruits are mostly on this list.

The red list are foods that you should avoid or limit as much as possible. These foods have a very high sugar and carbohydrate content. Charmaine informed me that most people who indulge from this list gain weight. As you can see this list includes foods that are toxic because of added flavourants and preservatives.

With Banting fat is not the enemy- carbs are! Charmaine says that she doesn't feel deprived at all and that she is enjoying the Banting lifestyle.
She is truly an inspiration! Thank you so much Charmaine for sharing with us and you look amazing!

I suggest you join the various Banting groups on Facebook to help you understand the lifestyle more - and of course Google is always your friend.

Do you have a success story you want to share with others on this blog? Its a great way to help other people change their lives, like you have. Message me on my  page.

In the meantime, I'm thinking of making the switch- Have you?

Until next time curlies-
Be Natural -  Be Magical 
Marlene Louw

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