What is LowCarb/Keto/Banting?

All of the above come under the LowCarb umbrella but with Banting and Keto daily net carb intake is approx 20g or below a day. Some people will go up to 50g a day once at the weight they want to be.

Banting (just another name for Keto/lchf) is the movement in South Africa started by Professor Tim Noakes the founder of The Noakes Foundation, he originally was a part of the company The Real Meal Revolution and helped write this book, do a search and get a copy, it is a great read.

rmr 1

The name Banting came about due to the first known Low Carber William Banting, it stuck and is why we have several names around the globe for the same thing.

I like Noakes’ version of LCHF as he also eliminates chemicals and known inflammatories from the food lists he provides. Such as Soy, Peanuts, Vegetable/Seed oils and lots of other nasties that we really shouldn’t be ingesting as they make us ill.

My Facebook Group LowCarb World follows Noakes principals. I did my Certified Coaching Course through The Real Meal Revolution when Noakes was still involved with them and before Version 2.0 was released. Our Red, Orange and Green food lists are simple and easy to follow, there is no convoluted plan to work out, you just eat from the green list of foods and just eat when hungry. At maintenance, pregnant/breastfeeding women and children can use the Orange list foods too and children are not limited to a set carb total for the day. Pregnant/BF women can have 50-60g carbs a day.

When I first started the group, I hadn’t done the course and had just been self-learning but there wasn’t much information out at the time. Consequently, we shared a lot of what we call ‘Faux foods’ and had oodles of recipes for sweet replicas for carby foods.

Over time the group has evolved to avoid these Faux foods such as lchf pies/baking etc as we got lots of complaints from members that they found the group hard to visit because all the photo’s of them were setting of hunger & sugar cravings. I also found these high in nuts flour foods were causing our beginners to stall or even gain weight. So now we direct new starters to avoid all faux foods until LCHF has really become embedded in their lives as a way of life and they live it without thinking. Then you may start adding faux foods in BUT be aware they can trigger cravings. Noakes himself avoids all fake sweet things as our very clever brains register sweeteners as sugar and scupper things for us. He says the best thing you can do is avoid all sweet things if you want to remain on track.

The best advice I can give anyone who is interested in LCHF/Keto/Banting is read as much as you can then find a support group you like and stick to that one group’s principles. Too many groups will confuse you as they all do things slightly differently. My group is aimed at ease and simplicity but with very firm guidelines. Green list YES, Red list NO.

Some Brilliant Reading for you after The RMR vers 1.0!

The Obesity Code

obesity code

Big Fat Surprise


The Salt Fix



  1. Kathe Rugh says:

    I am starting again to get healthy and would love to hear any suggestions, tips, recipes…any help or advice is welcome! Thank you in advance!


    • Lowcarbworld says:

      Hi I would suggest finding a group for support but just stick to one group and their guidelines, many ways to do keto and it can get confusing if you get your info from multiple places. Keep things as simple as you can, skip all the fake baked stuff and eat enough good fat to keep you full, also a huge help is batch cooking and freezing so you always have a quick and easy compliant meal for thedays you just don’t feel like it or are too busy 🙂 Check out our Face Book group the link is under the blog name on each page. Good Luck!


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