BANTING has taken over the lives of many across the world, with people adopting the “low carb, high fat” lifestyle which was revolutionised by Professor Tim Noakes.According to information on The Noakes Foundation website: “Noakes was born in Harare in 1949. As a youngster, he had a keen interest in sport and attended Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town. “Following this, he studied at the University of Cape Town and obtained an MBChB degree in 1974, an MD in 1981 and a DSc (Med) in Exercise Science in 2002.“In the early 90s, Noakes teamed up with Morné du Plessis and founded the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. The institute provided a facility that primarily funded research in sports performance. The application of this research would provide sports personnel of all disciplines with the means to improve. “Noakes and Du Plessis also wanted to use it as a platform to build public interest in the country’s top sports people and build state pride.“Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 16 000 times in scientific literature. He has won numerous awards over the years and made himself available on many editorial boards,” read the site.Noakes will be visiting Kloof to talk to the Friends of Kloof Library Forum at St Agnes Church, Abelia Road, on Thursday October 19 at 6pm. The title of his talk is “Carbs on Trial” and the community is invited to attend.According to Omi Nair, who follows the LCHF lifestyle and has over 20 000 followers on her Facebook page, she said this is not a diet, but a lifestyle change.“Diets are not sustainable, but embracing the LCHF (low carb high fat) lifestyle becomes a way of life with good food choices and is sustainable long term. “The focus is on clean eating by that fresh, whole real foods are encouraged using the green list as a guideline.“The focus is on people to take control of their lives by controlling what they put into their bodies. Carbs such as rice, potatoes, pasta, roti, pizzas, wheat products, margarine, canola oil, sunflower seed oils, processed foods, soya, sugar, most fruit, fizzy drinks and juices, canned foods, legumes and pulses are prohibited.“The use of coconut oil, butter, butter ghee, olive oil or palm oil should be used for cooking. “The health spin-offs are phenomenal with type 2 diabetes being reversed in majority of cases, and the bonus is weight loss.” Tickets for this informative talk are available from Kloof Library. For information or bookings contact 031 764 7543 and will cost R40 for members of the Friends of Kloof Library and R70 for non-members.