Diet and acne – is there a connection?

Acne is not a life threatening disease but the discomfort and embarrassment it causes should not be under-estimated. Both teenage and adult sufferers often develop poor self-esteem, depression and social anxiety due to the unsightly and often painful skin lesions. Should those with acne just accept their ‘bad luck’ or is there more that can be done? Standard treatment usually involves topical creams, face washes, antibiotics, birth control pills for women and, sometimes, even stronger medication with the potential for adverse side effects. While these offer symptomatic relief, are they dealing with the root cause?


October 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Calories AND hormones matter

By Nicky Perks

Two things are required for weight loss – a calorie deficit and hormonal balance. One without the other just does not work. You can cut calories and you might lose some weight, but if your hormones are all over the place you will probably struggle to reach your ideal weight and keep what you have lost from returning with interest.   On the flip side, your hormones could be the picture of perfection – but stuffing your face with too much food (even the healthy variety) will prevent you from losing the flab.


July 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A review of the Low Carb Creed

By Nicky Perks

Over the December holidays I was able to finish reading the newly released book The Low Carb Creed by Sally-Ann Creed, Merle Westcott and Janita Bold. What a fantastic read. The content is comprehensive and easy to understand. Everything you need to know about eating the low-carb, healthy fat way is contained within the fresh-looking white and green foil cover. […]

January 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Tips for surviving the festive season


Sadly we can’t help with the bank balance, but we can give you some tips for sticking to the lifestyle.  First of all, always remember that Banting is not a fad diet, but a lifestyle you have chosen because of the health benefits. Diving into the Christmas pudding or drinking a whole bottle of wine is not going to make you feel good.

Leading up to Christmas, eating out or even staying in hotels can sabotage your best efforts to stay on track if you are not prepared. You can still stick to Banting it’s all about what you choose to eat and drink. […]

December 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How badly do you want to lose weight?

Article written by Louise Hughes (Banting Buddies coach –  KZN, South Coast)

Have you ever asked yourself why you can’t just stick to a diet? Do you sabotage your weight loss efforts or give up the minute you have one small slip up?

Weight loss is as much psychological as it is physical. Often, we know exactly what, how much and when to eat, but following through and staying the course is something many of us battle with.

In Jonny Bowden’s “The Truth about Fat Loss Summit” talks, three experts weighed in on the mental/psychological and in some cases, even spiritual aspects of weight loss and there were a lot of common threads and wonderful pearls of wisdom. Because, as they all pointed out, we are not just physical beings, we are mental and spiritual beings as well, and so in order to succeed with weight loss, as in any area of our lives, we need to get fully on board with it, with every level of our being. […]

May 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

What drives your eating behaviours?

Article written by Paul Magnuson, our Banting Buddies coach in Pretoria.

We often struggle with eating behaviours as much as food choices.

It may be helpful to consider the things that stimulate us to eat as falling broadly into two camps. I will deal with each in turn. This article should help you to identify the reasons why you eat (hungry or not) and once you have figured this out, you will more effectively avoid the reasons that don’t serve you or your weight loss goals.


April 4th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Are you eating the right amount of fat?

Article written by Paul Magnuson, our Banting Buddies coach in Pretoria.

It all depends on where you are in your Banting journey. Too little fat at the beginning could delay quick and effective fat-adaptation (leaving you feeling tired, hungry, irritable and still craving carbs),  and too much once fat-adapted could stall weight loss. Continue reading for a more detailed explanation and strategy for getting the fat in your diet just right. This information might help you lose those last few kilos, or get off that frustrating plateau. […]

February 10th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

About stress, how bad it is, and the art of letting it go …

Article written by Sabine Kleissl-Muir, our Banting Buddies coach in Victoria,  Australia.

Let’s face it. The human race would have never survived if our Ancestors had to endure the stress we encounter every day. Our fight or flight response was designed to either combat or run away from a Saber-Toothed Tiger. These days many of us seem to be chased by the tiger 24/7.

Tired from the night before we usually get up too late in the morning – Stress. Your 3 year old throws a hissy fit just because it can – Stress. You get to work – Stress. You have to be “professional” to that one ignorant work colleague – Stress. You eat your lunch too fast, rush to pick up the children, cook, wash, clean up, shower the kids, shower yourself, tuck kids into bed, praying that your husband falls asleep before you tuck yourself into bed. […]

October 30th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Banting on the road (and Nutty Seed Bar recipe)

Article contributed by Starr Lindegger (Botswana-based coach)

I have been travelling a lot these last few weeks, and doing some serious long distances.  Driving from Maun, in Botswana, all the way to Nottingham Road in the Natal Midlands, in South Africa.  We also detoured to visit friends in far off places.  The last thing I wanted was for my Banting lifestyle to go out of the window while travelling.  I therefore took time to carefully plan my Banting snacks for those 8, 9, 10 hour days to keep me awake on the road, and to keep my two young daughters (who were travelling with me), happy. They like to snack on the way – a lot.


May 22nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

ADHD and sugar – is there a link?

Article contributed by Isabel Busschau (JHB-based Banting Buddies coach)

ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity or learning problems. These conditions are found in many children today. There are different kinds of learning problems. Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is most commonly seen as a learning problem, not necessarily accompanied by unruly behavior. It usually means the child has an exceptionally short attention span. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is also very common, and usually displays the symptoms of unruly behaviour, and a short attention span. Parents have more questions than answers most of the time. The first questions often asked is, what causes it and whether drugs are the best option, and do they really treat the cause or merely the symptoms? Then there is the concern of all the side effects. […]

May 5th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments