News24 readers defend Tim Noakes

2015-06-04 16:51
Prof Tim Noakes. (Pic: BizNews)

Prof Tim Noakes. (Pic: BizNews)

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Johannesurg - Numerous News24 readers have come to the defence of Professor Tim Noakes as he faces a two-day hearing over his tweet to a mother to wean her child on his controversial diet, colloquially known as banting.

Noakes, whose book The Real Meal Revolution, promotes a low carbohydrate, high fat (LCHF) lifestyle, was called before the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) after a complaint was lodged by the Association for Dietetics in South Africa’s (ADSA) president Claire Julsing-Strydom.

The complaint centres on a tweet from Noakes to a mother who asked what foods she should feed her baby.

Noakes advised the mother to wean her child onto LCHF foods, which he described as real foods.

“By implication, I was ­saying that the child should not be weaned onto the traditional high sugar, high carbohydrate processed cereals.”

As the hearing happened, News24 received emails from several people to say how his diet had changed their lives.

Alan Gernet said: "No matter what the outcome of the trumped up hearing, I will Bant for the rest of my life.

"The LCHF enlightenment is growing rapidly throughout the world, and I have yet to come across any credible evidence that disproves it to my mind."

'Noakes is an inspiration and a life saver'

Cathryn le Roux said since she had moved onto the LCHF regime in February, from day two she had not had her daily reflux/heartburn.

"I have way more energy – want to exercise, my mood seems lighter – I feel happy; I am cooking with fresh ingredients; I am baking lovely low carb bread," she said.

"I am planting a vegetable garden; I am learning so much about the functioning of the human body; my grocery bill has decreased; and the best of all, I have dropped 11kgs and many, many centimetres. My husbands’ cholesterol has decreased from 6.7 to 5.5 in 2 months. Tim Noakes is an inspiration and a life saver. Wish we could clone him."

Stephanie Bartholomew said banting had worked for her and she had done so on a "frayed shoestring."

"I have been battling with my weight since 2003, started banting on March 14 2015, and as of today have lost 10.9kg and I believe even more in centimetres," she said.

"I feel healthy, eat and drink when I am hungry and thirsty. I have never even snacked whilst following this lifestyle, a resounding thank you to Prof Tim Noakes."

'I for one back the prof 100%'

Darren Bester said Noakes' diet was not that, but rather a lifestyle.

"I have never before managed to stick to a weight-loss regime and this is the first that has worked... 32kg’s down and counting," he said.

"My wife who was insulin resistant and on plenty tablets has lost weight and is no longer insulin resistant. I feel alive for the first time in over 15 years. I for one back the prof 100%."

Bennie Zeelie believes that the LCHF diet was the best thing that had happened to him.

"Since November 2014, I have lost +- 25 kgs without even trying. I could agree with Prof Noakes that this is so delicious and comfortable that I have adapted my whole lifestyle around it," he said.

"This is not a diet, but a lifestyle. I don’t miss the carbs, nor the sugar at all. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Noakes for introducing this lifestyle to me and that I have been 100% satisfied since week one."

Following the completion of day one of the hearing, it was officially adjourned until November 23.

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