Banting is the name of one of the latest diets focusing on low carbohydrate and high-fat foods as a way to sustain normal blood sugar and insulin levels, and in so doing, losing weight and regaining health and energy. The diet was named after William Banting, who in 1863 popularized a similar diet and had much success transforming himself from an obese unhealthy undertaker to a lean energetic one!
The Banting Diet focuses on cutting out all refined carbohydrates, sugars, and processed food and rather focuses on natural (and organic or free-range where possible) ingredients. You are allowed meat, vegetables, fats, nuts, and dairy, but should limit the amount of sugary fruit and starchy vegetables. Anything that is processed or has preservatives, sugar, and simple carbohydrates is completely off the menu.
People following this diet are recommended to eat a maximum of 25g – 50g of net carbohydrates (net carbs) per day. Net carbs are the total carbohydrates minus dietary fiber and sugar alcohols – the reason this is deducted from the total carbohydrates measure is that the fiber and sugar alcohols do not have an impact on blood sugar levels. The blood sugar levels in turn increase the level of insulin in the blood, which is the main cause for the body to store unhealthy fat.