How to survive the festive season

Article written by Banting Buddies coach Cornia Vosloo.

This time of the year, everybody seems to be indulging. Soaking up the summer sun, lazing around the pool, sipping on summer cocktails and snacking on pastries. If you follow a low carb lifestyle, this idyllic picture will scare you. How can you also enjoy a great festive season with family and friends, but not be “that person” that says no to everything.

Our first low carb festive season was filled with fear, guilt and plenty of long faces. I don’t think anybody enjoyed the experience and we decided to change our approach. You can’t get away from the festive season with all the food, drinks and endless snacking – so I would like to share my top 5 tips with you on how we survive the festive season. […]

December 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Age, hormones and weight loss struggles

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

Why do we battle more with our weight as we age? Jade Teta, personal trainer and author of The Metabolic Effect Diet has some answers.

During menopause, a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels decline. These are both anti-stress hormones. Estrogen is also an insulin-sensitizing hormone, and as levels fall, insulin, a fat storage hormone, doesn’t operate as well. With less estrogen and progesterone circulating, a woman’s cortisol level can rise, leading to weight gain around the middle.

For men, a similar effect takes place as they age and experience andropause, which is a collection of symptoms including fatigue and a decrease in libido due to a gradual decline in testosterone. As their testosterone dips, it allows cortisol and insulin to rise, with the result that men’s bodies are not hormonally as well equipped to deal with stress as they were before, and weight creeps up. […]

August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Could you not eat for 24 hours?

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

What if I told you that you could:

Dramatically lower both insulin and blood sugar (without a drug)
Raise your level of growth hormone (to enhance fat-burning, muscle building and anti-aging),
Improve your leptin response (to better regulate hunger and satiety)
Activate your body’s internal spring cleaning mechanisms (for cellular repair and regeneration)

…. and what if all of these things were known to:

Lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity
Increase your longevity
Boost your BDNF – your brain derived neurotrophic factor, (a substance that increases the growth of new nerve cells in the brain and protects the brain against stress and toxins)


March 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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

DIET is an action word

A post from Primal Perks.

The battle against the bulge is one that I have been fighting since I was a child. At times, life’s hurdles made me feel like I was truly fighting a losing battle. Years of fertility treatments, 2 pregnancies, and a hormonal disorder certainly doesn’t bode well for obtaining the slim physique I have always dreamed about. However, my long journey has been an education I wouldn’t want to have missed out on had weight loss and improved health come too easily.  […]

October 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Want to become a Banting coach?

Are you passionate about the Banting/LCHF lifestyle? Would you like to help others achieve their weight loss goals, and get healthy? This is your chance to be a part of a growing, vibrant community of coaches. We will equip you with the required knowledge, tools and coaching resources, and provide you with on-going support. […]

October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is SOY really nature’s miracle food?

Article contributed by Karyn Gronn (JHB-based Banting Buddies coach)

If soy is nature’s miracle food, then why are so many vegetarians and health conscious fanatics so sick!!! WHAT is the actual motivation behind this hype, or again have the facts been twisted for profit gains?! Unfermented soy is a very controversial food topic. I believe people have been mislead into believing that it is a health food. The science is inconsistent and contradictory in proving it.


April 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Nuggets from the LCHF 2015 conference – Part 1

The first ever international LCHF conference was held at the Cape Town Convention Centre last weekend. The line-up of speakers was seriously impressive and the organisation of the event was brilliant (thank you Karen Thompson and Prof. Tim Noakes). It was a privilege to attend the 4 days, and absorb all the knowledge these thought-leaders had to share with us. Each lecture approached the topic from a different angle, which made it all the more interesting to see how our diets affect so many different aspects of our life and health. Thanks must also go to Old Mutual for their support in providing the platform for information sharing and learning. […]

February 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments