South Africans happy to ignore fears on Noakes diet

2014-04-29 00:00

“WILL South Africa become the first country to take up the LCHF [low carbohydrates, high fat] diet?”

This is the question Professor Tim Noakes had posed on his Facebook page regarding his contentious book Real Meal Revolution.

The book has been the top seller in South Africa for the past 10 weeks.

Noakes’s diet is based on banning carbohydrates and sugar, instead eating enough protein and natural fats to melt the kilograms.

Even fruit and vegetables have to be carefully chosen.

Noakes lists the positive changes to his own health and body, as indeed do his followers on Facebook.

Dieticians however maintain that they will only suggest the LCHF diet in the rarest cases to their patients.

“I will suggest the diet when someone has epilepsy,” said Dianda Snyman, a dietician from Pretoria.

“In that regard ketogenic diets [high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diets] have long been used.”

Syman said she has mostly noted the side efffect of higher cholesterol in people using the so-called Noakes diet.

Lize Snyman from the Kloof Mediclinic hospital in Pretoria said the Noakes diet requires a lot of self-discipline.

“If you do not follow it 100%, you can end up eating carbohydrates and fat and then you just end up becoming fat.”

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