The Banting Diet

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Banting diet

The diet has the name of the first low-carbohydrate diet “inventor” and dates back to 1863. William Banting was a respectable and prosperous London undertaker who suffered from obesity. After lots of vain weight loss efforts W.Banting’s doctor William Harvey offered him a new diet plan that led to outstanding results. Being extremely inspired by the results W.Banting published Letter on Corpulence that became the basis of the modern Banting Diet.

Nowadays the Banting Diet has been clinically trialed and showed good weight loss results. The Banting Diet involves the proportional intake of proteins and fats and low amount of carbohydrates.


William Banting was an English undertaker. Formerly suffering from obesity, he is also known for being the first to popularise a weight loss diet based on limiting intake of refined and easily digestible carbohydrates. In 1863, Banting wrote a booklet called Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public which contained the particular plan for the diet he followed. Banting accounted all of his unsuccessful fasts, diets, spa and exercise regimes in his past, then described the dietary change which finally had worked for him, following the advice of a physician. His own diet was four meals per day, consisting of meat, greens, fruits, and dry wine.

Celebrities who have been on the Banting Diet:

Matthew McConnaughey

Sharon Osbourne

Demi Moore

Jennifer Aniston

Food Do’s and Don’ts

Forbidden Foods:

  • Wheat and grains – the damage they do to the colon

  • Toxic seed oils as they are extremely unstable and can be easily damaged

Healthy foods:

  • Real butter – and enormous benefits of eating fat from animals

  • Bring back the bacon – the benefits found in animal flesh and especially offal

LOW STARCH: Below 5 g

Watercress, Asparagus, green or white tinned , Patty Pans, Spinach, Endive , Vegetable Marrow , Lettuce, Celery , Cucumber  , Radish  , Bay Marrow  , Brussels sprouts, Mushroom  , Tomato  , Pepper – Green, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Waterblommetjie, Brinjal, Gem squash  , Green beans  , Mung bean sprout  , Cabbage  , Turnip  , Pepper Red   , Pumpkin   , Pepper – Chilli


Pepper yellow, , Squash, Beetroot, Carrot, Hubbard squash, Peas, Onion, Butternut

HIGH STARCH: 11-20 g

Potato, Corn, Sweet Potato, Parsnips

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