Banting | LCHF go-getters – Brian Berkman

Rebekah Allerton, Banting success story

“People made assumptions about me as a fat man”

– Brian Berkman

In this video, Cape Town businessman Brian Berkman tells a poignant, cautionary tale of how he once weighed 153kg, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and left with self-loathing, believing the only option left open to him was bariatric surgery.

Barbaric Bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery, in my humble opinion, is barbaric. Sure, it’s a miracle of modern medicine, and it saves lives. But it is extreme, invasive treatment for morbid obesity that can involve rerouting the digestive system past most of the stomach, or removing some of the stomach altogether.

And it doesn’t always work.

Banting

Berkman didn’t have the surgery. Instead, in 2011, he heard UCT emeritus professor Tim Noakes talking on the radio about the dangers of carbs for diabetes, and Banting – low-carb, high-fat eating – to treat it. The rest, as they say, is happier history. Berkman changed his diet drastically, cut the carbs, ate fat, and by 2013, was a shadow of his former fat self after losing half his body weight (73kg). He has maintained the weight loss till today, and has no symptoms of diabetes.

Best of all, he feels fantastic, energetic and alive. He says simply: “Banting (and Tim Noakes, as Berkman  told me in earlier interviews) saved my life.”

This video is one of many “real testimonials” on The Real Meal Revolution website, run by  Jonno Proudfoot, the phenomenal Cape Town Banting chef who “fell into food by mistake”.

Conclusion

Berkman‘s blisteringly honest story makes inspirational listening on losing weight quickly, safely, without feeling deprived and hungry. He proves that in all the hype, hope and science around diet and weight loss, it’s easy to forget that food is not just about nutrition or even only about health. It is embedded in the human psyche, a basic human need that’s as much about giving and receiving love as it is about survival.

Reference:

Biz News.com, Marika Sboros

 

 

Banting | LCHF go-getters

“People made assumptions about me as a fat man”

– Brian Berkman

In this video, Cape Town businessman Brian Berkman tells a poignant, cautionary tale of how he once weighed 153kg, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and left with self-loathing, believing the only option left open to him was bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery, in my humble opinion, is barbaric. Sure, it’s a miracle of modern medicine, and it saves lives. But it is extreme, invasive treatment for morbid obesity that can involve rerouting the digestive system past most of the stomach, or removing some of the stomach altogether.

And it doesn’t always work.

Berkman didn’t have the surgery. Instead, in 2011, he heard UCT emeritus professor Tim Noakes talking on the radio about the dangers of carbs for diabetes, and Banting – low-carb, high-fat eating – to treat it. The rest, as they say, is happier history. Berkman changed his diet drastically, cut the carbs, ate fat, and by 2013, was a shadow of his former fat self after losing half his body weight (73kg). He has maintained the weight loss till today, and has no symptoms of diabetes.

Best of all, he feels fantastic, energetic and alive. He says simply: “Banting (and Tim Noakes, as Berkman  told me in earlier interviews) saved my life.”

This video is one of many “real testimonials” on The Real Meal Revolution website, run by  Jonno Proudfoot, the phenomenal Cape Town Banting chef who “fell into food by mistake”.

Berkman‘s blisteringly honest story makes inspirational listening on losing weight quickly, safely, without feeling deprived and hungry. He proves that in all the hype, hope and science around diet and weight loss, it’s easy to forget that food is not just about nutrition or even only about health. It is embedded in the human psyche, a basic human need that’s as much about giving and receiving love as it is about survival.

Reference:

Biz News.com, Marika Sboros

 

 

What no one tells you about preparing to lose weight

The Observation phase of Real Meal Revolution Banting 2.0

“If you can measure it, you can improve it. “

– Sami Inkinen, entrepreneur, Iron Man champion and adventurer

In LCHF Banting 2.0 we introduced the phased approach to losing weight.

Observation is the first phase of Banting 2.0 and lasts for one week. It’s about taking an inventory of your health. It’s about getting real and honest with yourself. It’s about deciding if you can live with what you see in the bathroom mirror for another day. It’s about drawing a line in the sand. Continue reading “What no one tells you about preparing to lose weight”

Banting | LCHF go-getters – Minnaar Fullard

Minnaar Fullard, Banting go-getter

“The only way to feel comfortable about your body and successfully keep off lost weight is first to become aware that being overweight and chronically unhealthy is a symptom of lifestyle imbalance. It is time to balance the system.”

– Leiane Brebner, head of content, Real Meal Revolution

On these posts I celebrate success stories from achievers who have turned their life and health around.

First up is Minnaar Fullard from Pretoria South Africa:

Before weight: 103 kg

After weight: 85 kg

Before Banting

“Before I started Banting, I had been a runner and inclined to fitness all my life.

I have a compulsory fitness component to my life in that I am a Special Forces Operator that need to stay at a minimum level of fitness.

I was an active participant in road running and ran several marathons, including twice the Two Oceans and twice the Comrades.

I have always had a ‘sweet tooth’ and fond of pastas so the idea of carbo-loading was naturally appealing to me.

Despite my best efforts at staying and keeping fit, I had to experience my thighs “love handles” growing away from my body especially after reaching the forties.

I also started picking up quite a stomach.

I started experiencing discomfort while sleeping, my legs seems to have lost their feeling and I often woke up with pins and needles.

The sensation after eating a lot of bread or potato or in general a high carb meal really started becoming problematic. Discomfort and heartburn as well as deadly tiredness became regular symptoms of mine.

I started picking up weight despite my best efforts to train hard and run or exercise it off.

The worst part is that I often found myself over indulging when I consume a lot of sugar and carbohydrate rich foods. The craving for more and the lack of a feeling of being satisfied often got me in trouble with my wife. Compulsive eating habits were part of my daily regime often taking a second or a third helping during the evening meal.  Continue reading “Banting | LCHF go-getters – Minnaar Fullard”

Banting | LCHF go-getters

“The only way to feel comfortable about your body and successfully keep off lost weight is first to become aware that being overweight and chronically unhealthy is a symptom of lifestyle imbalance. It is time to balance the system.”

– Leiane Brebner, head of content, Real Meal Revolution

On these posts I celebrate success stories from achievers who have turned their life and health around.

First up is Minnaar Fullard from Pretoria South Africa:

Before weight: 103 kg

After weight: 85 kg

“Before I started Banting, I had been a runner and inclined to fitness all my life. I have a compulsory fitness component to my life in that I am a Special Forces Operator that need to stay at a minimum level of fitness. I was an active participant in road running and ran several marathons, including twice the Two Oceans and twice the Comrades. I have always had a ‘sweet tooth’ and fond of pastas so the idea of carbo-loading was naturally appealing to me. Despite my best efforts at staying and keeping fit, I had to experience my thighs “love handles” growing away from my body especially after reaching the forties. I also started picking up quite a stomach. I started experiencing discomfort while sleeping, my legs seems to have lost their feeling and I often woke up with pins and needles. The sensation after eating a lot of bread or potato or in general a high carb meal really started becoming problematic. Discomfort and heartburn as well as deadly tiredness became regular symptoms of mine. I started picking up weight despite my best efforts to train hard and run or exercise it off. The worst part is that I often found myself over indulging when I consume a lot of sugar and carbohydrate rich foods. The craving for more and the lack of a feeling of being satisfied often got me in trouble with my wife. Compulsive eating habits were part of my daily regime often taking a second or a third helping during the evening meal.  Continue reading “Banting | LCHF go-getters”

Preparing for weight loss

Gut health is vital

All diseases begin in the gut.”

– Hippocrates, c. 400 BC

GUT PROBLEMS

Hippocrates may not have been entirely right, but current medical thinking is increasingly emphasising the importance of the intestines and the links between digestion, mood and health. According to the Real Meal Revolution, many, if not all Banters who are overweight and insulin resistant appear to have poor gut health.

In my own case, I know this to be true as I had digestive problems for decades. When I began to feed my gut biome and eliminate harmful substances, my depression and anxiety disappeared and were replaced with stable, upbeat moods.

Here’s what we know for sure about this enormous organ:

  • It is considered to be “the second brain”
  • The small intestine is responsible for around 95% of the digestion and absorption of the food we eat.
  • The total surface area exposed to both the nutritious and harmful things we consume has been calculated to be anywhere from the size of  a badminton court to the size of a tennis court!
  • Key to the effective and healthy functioning of the small intestine is the symbiotic relationship it enjoys with our gut flora. These trillions of microorganisms line the intestinal wall, forming a vital living interface between the partially digested food on the inside and the intestinal wall on the outside.
  • Gut flora manufacture vitamins B and K, and act as an organ of the body by releasing hormones into the bloodstream. (As we have seen, hormones interact with the brain and signal the body to change its behaviour in response to a change in its environment. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS and other bowel problems such as constipation and bloating are now thought to directly affect our mood, contributing to emotional shifts and even anxiety and depression.)
  • Our gut flora also plays an important hand in managing the body’s metabolism, and it forms part of the body’s immune system by making antigens from potentially harmful bacteria that the immune system can use to ward off disease.

Regardless of what diet you may sign up for, it is critical that it should take into account the healthy development and maintenance of your gut flora.

Abrupt changes, such as a wildly fluctuating diet, the excessive use of antibiotics or the infestation of harmful bacteria, can seriously compromise this vital organ. Rebuilding and supporting the gut flora should be regarded as a foundational step to metabolic health and is therefore focused on in detail in LCHF Banting 2.0.

For more on gut health read…….

Gluten Freedom by Alessio Fasano (Wiley, 2013) or find his videos on YouTube.

References:

Real Meal Revolution Banting 2.0 by Jonno Proudfoot and the Real Meal Revolution Team, (Burnet Media, 2016)

Who is most vulnerable to sleep deprivation?

“Sleep today is a measure of success, a skill to be cultivated and nourished”

Tim Robinson

As we discussed in Sleep glorious sleep, good sleep is an essential part of living life to the full and of maintaining a healthy weight.

It seems that some individuals are more susceptible to sleep debt than others.

A study from U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention found that close to 20% of all women aged between 40 to 59 said they had trouble falling asleep on four or more nights in the prior week.

If women are peri-menopausal and are transitioning into menopause, they experienced even more sleep troubles where they said that they typically got less than the seven hours of sleep recommended by experts for health and restfulness. This is not surprising considering the raise in body temperature and night sweats that disrupt a good night’s rest.

What interests me in my work as a Certified Banting 2.0 | LCHF coach is that my demographic consists of females aged between 45 and 75 who are experiencing the negative effects of insulin resistance such as abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high fasting blood glucose and low HDL cholesterol, which together, are precursors of serious diseases.

These ladies are tired of the ever-increasing belly fat, increasing weight, lethargy, depression in many cases, and the prospect of abdominal surgery as a last resort to losing weight.

Their issues around insomnia are yet another hurdle to get over on the path to regaining a healthy lifestyle.

I’m an evangelist of awesomeness which goes beyond being incredibly slim. It embraces sleep, diet, relationships, social interactions and managing stress and this is what I teach those who choose to work with me to regain their health.

The least that anyone can do to sleep well, is to practise each of the sleep hygiene steps listed in the earlier blog post. Sleep is worthy of being prioritised.

 

LCHF foods I love – bullet coffee, my way

Bullet coffee, the way I like it

I make extra strong coffee using the pour-over method. While the coffee is dripping through the filter, I whisk about 100ml of it with a tablespoon of unsalted butter. I then blend all the coffee into the whisked butter coffee.

This drink is delicious and satisfying  and helps to keep my daily fat intake to around 75% of total daily calories.

Do you struggle when dining out?

Delicious low-carb healthy-fat restaurant food

What should I order in a restaurant without low-carb, healthy-fat options?

Advice from The Real Meal Revolution Banting 2.0 goes like this:

Keep your meals simple when eating out. Go for unprocessed proteins and veg like steak or fish with butter and broccoli.

A major priority is to consciously avoid the extras like sauces, soft drinks, alcohol, dessert.

  • Main meal salads are a good option; e.g. chicken Ceasar salad. I order this without the dressing and ask for extra-virgin olive oil to be brought to the table. I remove the bread croutons.
  • Ask for additional salad with other meals.
  • Swap potatoes, French fries, rice, noodles for vegetables or a salad.
  • Ask the waiter to take away the bread basket. I ask for a dish of olives instead.
  • Avoid anything “breaded” like schnitzels and crumbed veal.
  • Sushi: opt for sashimi or a Japanese salad with salmon or tuna.
  • Indian: be wary of the potatoes in curries, not to mention the rice. Avoid poppadums and naan bread. When I order curry I ask for it to be served in a bowl with no side dish.
  • Thai: a coconut milk broth with chicken or prawns or a Tom Yum soup is a good choice. Stay away from spring rolls, dim sum, rice and noodle dishes.
  • As always, avoid all soft drinks. Rather order sparkling water.
  • Be aware of your alcohol intake. Make a conscious decision beforehand, about how much, if anything,  you’re going to drink. Start the meal with a big glass of still or sparkling water. If necessary, ask the waiter not to fill your glass. If you need a reason not to drink, claim to be the designated driver for others in the party.