Banting challenge summary

Today is my last day of my Banting diet challenge. It’s been fun, but from tomorrow it’s time to move on again.

What have I learned from this challenge?

  • Carbs are cheap, if you want to live cheap, eat carbs
  • Banting is expensive, if you want to eat proteins, vitamins and fats, it will cost you
  • Losing weight feels good, it just does. I am not someone who cares much for other people’s perception of me and stuff like that, but losing weight (if you are overweight) makes your body feel really good, you feel lighter and amped for more stuff.

Is there anything I will try to retain form this challenge?

  • For now, I am going to try not to go gold turkey off the diet. I will start introducing carbs to my diet again, if it comes up, but I won’t go out and look for carbs to stuff my face with just yet. Luckily I enjoy meals that consist of meat and veg, so I will try to focus on eating these.
  • As far as the weight-loss aspect is concerned, I think I want to keep losing weight if possible. I am still some kilograms away from my healthy body weight (according to the BMI), so I am going to try and keep losing weight.
  • I am not going to make Banting a lifestyle. It was an event to me and it will stay like that. I don’t believe in diets that don’t allow you to eat fruit :\

Conclusions about the diet:

  • It works. I lost 4.2kg this month. The last week was only 200g but I still lost weight regardless. So the one thing about the diet that I can’t deny is that it works – you lose weight.
  • Apart from the financial aspect, it’s really not that hard, eating meats and veg is great and I don’t find myself craving for carbs at all. The hard part is at snack times… potato chips are so much part of our culture and I love them. Saying no to stuff like that can be hard.
  • For all the hype, nothing else is really special about this diet. I never experienced abundance of energy, I didn’t think clearer, I didn’t sleep better and my cat still thinks I am inferior to him. This is just a weight-loss thing, no matter what they try to tell you.
  • I don’t think full banting is healthy. I am no doctor, but the natural way of life tells me that we should be eating fruits and nuts and things, and I feel like it’s good to have that in your diet. I will use the parts of this diet that is good, but as for the rest of it – I am chewing the meat and spitting out the bones.

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Banting: week 3 update

Three weeks into my Banting challenge now:

  1. So far, I lost 4 kilograms – so just more than a kilogram per week on average.
  2. The “magic” of not getting hungry seemed to wear off. I am now getting hungry before meals and the fat in my diet does not seem to be stopping that from happening.
  3. I am eating less… not because I don’t get hungry, but because I just seem to feel full sooner than I used to.
  4. Still no other change physically: my energy levels are about the same as they always are, pretty much up and down for no apparent reason.
  5. We are out of food budget, Banting is so expensive.

So maybe that is why everybody loses so much weight on the Banting diet… because their food budget run out before the end of every month and they find themselves starving the last week 😛

I still haven’t cheated once, keeping it clean and not eating any carbs. So this is still an authentic objective look at the diet.

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Banting: week 2 update

Two weeks into the banting diet now and still going strong – almost half way there. This is my almost-in-the-middle-of-my-challenge update. I don’t have any long prose to write about my “amazing life changing banting diet”… so I am just going to write a short list of my status and general findings thus far: Continue reading

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Banting challenge: update 1

It’s been one week since I started my Banting challenge. So far so good. I haven’t cheated at all and kept to the rules very strictly. I decided to write an update on how things are going and what I’m feeling/thinking thus far.

First impressions:

  1. Banting is an upper middle-class diet. No jokes, Banting is for rich people. This was one of the first things that I noticed about this diet. Carbs are cheap, almost all of them: Bread, Pasta, Potatoes etc.
    When you start cutting out all these carbs, and look at the alternatives (Almond flour, Linseed flour, coconut flour etc.) you soon realize how expensive it is to eat like a normal person and still Bant. Meats, cream, cheese etc. are all the expensive stuff.
  2. Cutting carbs from eating patterns really isn’t hard. I am still eating enough, drinking coffee, and life goes on. I only had to skip out on office hot dogs and beer, and honestly it’s not a big deal. I don’t drink or really eat sugar so I don’t find myself missing any of it. I found that doing a detox was WAY harder than doing the Banting diet.

After a week:

  1. I lost one kilogram after a week… honestly for the hype the Banting diet is, I am really disappointed, I expected more. I thought that I usually did better with diets, but then when I checked my logs on my weight-loss challenge, I realized that this seems normal for me. So ok… apparently I am not going to lose 15 kilograms this month. More like 4 if I am lucky.
  2. Physically I don’t feel any different than I usually do, it’s not like I have more energy or anything that the Banting evangelists talk about. I still have ups and downs in energy, still get head-aches every now and again, and I was sick over the weekend. So no Banting magic working on me yet.

And finally, I just have to say that my wife is awesome. She decided to join me in this challenge, and has been making us amazing food! I never even knew that you can do the things that she did with food thus far, and she just keeps coming up with new ways to make Bant interesting. I am blessed 🙂

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September 2015 Challenge: Banting

The hype about the “Banting diet” has been making the rounds for the last couple of years. I have been obstinately refusing to budge (and I still do) – but seeing as I try different challenges on a monthly bases, I decided that doing a month of the Banting diet won’t kill me. Continue reading

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Update and news

I know I have been very quiet on this blog for most of the year. I fell into a rigorous daily routine of getting up early, working, squeezing one or two extra things into the day, sleeping, and repeat.

I have not gotten around to doing my monthly challenges as I would have liked, so this space has been extremely boring, my apologies. I do want to try and push myself a bit to take on the monthly challenges again, so I won’t be abandoning this blog just yet. I really like the one month challenges and they do help a lot. For right now, however, I’m probably not committing to anything just yet, will see.

The good news is that I have not been totally stagnating in this time and there has been some changes happening this year, among them are the following:

  • I have been working on a novel for the most of last year as well as this year. This has been going fairly good in spite of the time constraints. I squeeze off a couple of minutes sometimes early morning before work to get to writing. I also spent a lot of time writing on the train (while I was still taking Metrorail). I have reached 80,000 words this morning (yay!), my goal is to conclude the story around 100,000 words, so that means that I am about 80% done with my first draft. This is quite a cool journey and I am going to finish it.
  • I started another blog, writing on the topic of Fantasy and SciFi: Fantastical Muse
    I know I know, ANOTHER blog. I am just blaming my A.D.D and my zest to experience life and all it can offer me. But hey, now I write about cool things like space cowboys and super heroes, who doesn’t enjoy that?
  • I read some books. This is mostly for academical purpose more so than for fun. I haven’t really been a big reader for most of my life, and seeing as I am now writing an epic fantasy novel, I realized that I had to skill up on the genre, so I have been reading fantasy novels, and am enjoying it.
  • I am listening to audio books while commuting. This adds to the previous point, I have listened to the full “Lord of the rings”, completed one of the “Chronicles of Narnia” books, and I am now working my way through “Dune”. I have to drive about 80km per day, so I decided to put that time to good use and study the fantasy/scifi classics via audio while driving – it has been pretty good.
  • I “built” a standing desk… ok it’s actually just an empty beer box on top of my desk at work. I am putting my laptop on the box and now I can stand while working. I am trying to stand at least for some of the hours in the day. My hope is that this will help my back a bit, I try to pull in my tummy and strengthen my core through this as well. Not the most comfortable way to work, but I think in the long run it will be better than sitting at a computer for a living. Got to change it up with sitting and standing.

On the downside I have not really been exercising this year, and therefore I can’t say that my health is getting better. Mental note, I have to sort that out.

There we go, that’s an update from my side. Maybe don’t hold your breath for updates on this blog, I will be shifting more focus to my new blog, so if you are at all interested in my babbling thoughts about stuff, head over to fantasticalmuse.wordpress.com

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October 2014 Challenge: Stretch

In short:

Like most modern people, I sit in front of a computer for a living, at a desk. I do exercise at times, but then other times I get so busy that there just is no time for exercise. So my daily posture starts turning against me every now and then. I had a fracture in my lumbar disc before, and back-aches on a monthly basis. One of the things that the physiotherapist told me I should be doing more is stretch – it will help me stay healthier.

So for the month of October, this is what I am going to try and do. I am going to stretch every day. Even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, because even that should make a difference. hopefully this can become more of a habit after the month.

Let’s get stretchin’ !

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