Banting FAQ

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Banting 2.0 is the new four phased approach to LCHF that we at Real Meal Revolution developed to make Banting work better and faster. If you follow the guidelines of each phase closely you will lose weight.


In the later stages of Banting 2.0 we include lifestyle hacks that will take your weight loss journey to the next level. Our research has shown us that although food is the key driver of weight gain, simple lifestyle improvements help regulate hormones and accelerate your weight loss.

There may be many reasons this may have happened and there is no one answer to this question. The best way to see what the difference is to stop weighing and to start checking your other measurements.

Though you may be gaining weight you may also be losing cm’s. Be sure to check out this article on why some people don’t lose weight Banting.

Real Meal Revolution makes use of the Banting 2.0 method of healthy eating and lifestyle management. Banting 2.0 is a scientifically formulated phased approach to low carb dieting that eases members into a healthy, accelerated fat burning state. The beauty of Banting 2.0 is that it is has phases that suit those who don’t have weight to loss, just as much as it does those who wish to lose 100lb.


So the answer to the question, ‘Who should join Real Meal Revolution?’ is anyone who wants to lose weight and improve their life by eating healthy, delicious, real food.


The Banting 2.0 Program is for you if:


  • You love eating delicious food
  • You want to lose weight and keep it off
  • You want to set goals and stick to them
  • You believe in indulgence over depravation
  • You’re willing to do whatever it takes to transform your health and your life

You should avoid our program if:


  • You are particularly lean, do regular high intensity exercise and have never had an issue with your weight – although the recipes are still delicious, you might want to join just to learn to cook better.
  • You have a medical issue that you are unsure of and have not yet received consent from your doctor to follow a low carb diet
  • You are pregnant and have not consulted your doctor

You are under the age of 10 and have not consulted your doctor

Whether you are Banting with Real Meal Revolution or not Banting at all, the myths are hydration are a plenty.


The best science, thankfully, still offers the simplest advice. Drink if you are thirsty. If you are not thirsty, don’t drink. Don’t drink anything with any red listed ingredients in them.

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Insulin resistance is a condition whereby the cells of your body don’t respond properly to the hormone insulin. It is directly associated with type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, prediabetes and obesity, however, one can be insulin resistant without being obese.


Insulin’s job is push blood sugar (glucose) into the cells (any cells) to be used as fuel. Once the cells have been fuelled, insulin pushes the remaining blood sugar to the fat cells to be stored as ‘back-up’ fuel (fat). In a healthy person, most of the blood sugar would be burned up in a short period of time which would reduce the need for your body to store any of it as fat.


In the case of is insulin resistance, the cells resist the insulin and essentially reject the fuel that is on offer. As a response, the body then produces more and more insulin, supposedly to try and force the blood sugar out of the blood and into any cells that will take it (pretty much only the fat cells). This ends in too much insulin flowing through the blood which is called hyperinsulinemia (too-much-insulin-itis), and it comes with a bouquet of nasty symptoms like:


  1. Weight gain
  2. Hard-core sugar cravings
  3. Intense hunger
  4. Difficulty concentrating
  5. Lack of focus and motivation
  6. Anxiety and panicky-ness
  7. Fatigue
  8. Inflammation
  9. And a whole bunch more…


The three most important symptoms in the list are weight gain, fatigue and inflammation.


Weight gain – when cells resist the insulin and reject the fuel, insulin drives the blood sugar to the fat cells. If the cycle repeats itself, which it does constantly in those with insulin resistance, you end up storing any excess blood sugar as fat. In other words anything you eat or do that raises your blood sugar will make you fat.


Fatigue – With all of this fuel getting stored as fat, and being used as fuel, the body ends up operating without easy access to fuel. That makes you feel tired and look lazy. It’s not you. It’s your insulin resistance.


Inflammation – although insulin serves a vital role in the body, it is inflammatory in nature. It is supposed to come into your blood, do its job and then leave. It wasn’t designed to hangout in the blood for hours on end, which it ends up doing in those with insulin resistance. In the words of Jason Fung, ‘you are marinating yourself in insulin’. For an hour or two this is harmless but over five, ten, thirty or forty years, this will cause chronic inflammation which is associated with almost every chronic illness that exists.


If you do the math, you’ll see how insulin resistance may be at the core of the world’s most prevalent health epidemics.

Banting refers to the diet prescribed by William Harvey for his patient, William Banting, in the late 1800’s. Banting was so blown away by the success of Harvey’s advice that he wrote and published a book about it so the public could reap the same benefits he had.


His book, The Letter on Corpulence, was so successful that until the late 1940’s, William’s ‘Banting Diet’ was regarded as one of the best ways to lose weight. It even earned itself a place in the Oxford English Dictionary.


Taking Harvey’s prescription and combining it with another 120 years of research, in 2013, Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, David Grier and Jonno Proudfoot co-authored their bestselling cookbook-cum-revolutionary-scientific-thriller, The Real Meal Revolution.


The Real Meal Revolution laid out rules of a low carb high fat diet similar to the one Harvey and Banting tried out way back when. Only this time it came with clearer guidelines, delicious recipes and a few tweaks. Although the new version varies significantly in some areas, the Real Meal Revolution still call it Banting to honour the forefather of the movement.


Real Meal Revolution now brings you something even better. Banting 2.0 marks the culmination of three years of data analysis from over 120,000 online users and thousands of success stories, combined with the latest nutritional science and behavioural research. The result: a cutting edge four-phased approach that isn’t just about being thin; it’s about being healthy, happy and Awesome!

Once you reach your Awesome weight, you can continue to enjoy all of the foods you ate while you were shedding pounds, and then some. During Preservation, the post-weight-loss phase we reintroduce some of the previous taboo foods

To find out what you need to eat to optimise your weight loss, please download the latest Banting Food Lists. These list include the guidelines of Banting 2.0 laid out by the Real Meal Revolution team.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, we have to lay it down. The Real Meal Revolution, Banting 2.0 framework is nothing more than a scientifically formulated approach to eating whole, unadulterated, real foods that taste delicious. That is a benefit in itself.


The benefits are abundant. Please have a look at all of the ailments that can be improved through following the guidelines of Real Meal Revolution: Banting 2.0

Yes. Real Meal Revolution teaches people how to cook to obtain and maintain awesome weight and health.


If you have no problems metabolising carbohydrates or are do not have metabolic syndrome you will still benefit from our recipes and community of people who love healthy eating.

We’re glad you asked. If you ever have any concerns about a diet change, please consult your doctor before making that decision.


The good news is that we have had feedback from literally hundreds of thousands of people who have reversed (come off all medication for…) and/or eased the symptoms of all kinds of conditions by taking our program.

**please note that you should never stop taking your medication unless a doctor has given you the OK


Her are just a few:

Abdominal bloating
Bleeding gums
Blurred vision
Brittle nails
Chronic fatigue
Decreased libido
Duodenal Ulcers
Excessive stomach pain
Extreme mood swings
Hair loss
Heart burn and indigestion
Heart disease
High Blood Pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
Menstrual cycle issues
Overweight or obese
Peptic Ulcers
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Psoriatic Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Skin rashes, redness, bumps and itching
Sleep apnoea
Type 2 Diabetes
Ulcerative colitis

If you are struggling to lose weight while you are strictly following the rules of Banting 2.0, you may benefit from joining Real Meal Revolution. Our support team is here to help you through any pitfalls you may encounter.


Alternatively, for those who either plateauing or struggling to lose, we advise having a look at the 10 Commandments of Beginner Banting. This is list of extra tweaks that will help you accelerate your weight loss during Transformation.

There is no hard and fast rule. There are however a few basic tips on general eating that we like to offer.


  • Only eat when you are hungry
  • Drinking water can sometimes make you feel less hungry, so always try that first.
  • Do not force food down
  • Do not eat a meal unless you have to
  • Do not finish the food on your plate unless you are still hungry (you will need to start eating mindfully)
  • Try fasting. It is like starving, but it is intentional and it works better than anything, if you can do it.

We release new meal plans every week on a Friday. If you would like to see a specific meal plan that caters for your needs (ie: Halaal, Vegetarian) please email support and we will cater for your request.

You may have heard of the words ‘ketosis’ and ‘ketogenic’ diet in relation to Real Meal Revolution. Ketosis is the state of burning fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel, and a ketogenic diet is one that maintains this state.  When you enter the Transformation phase of RMR, you are effectively following a ketogenic diet.


When you eat carbs, your body converts them into glucose, which passes in into the bloodstream. When you have starved your body of carbs, your body turns to burning fat, which releases glucose, fatty acids and ketone bodies into the bloodstream via liver. Most of the organs in your body can use fatty acids for energy, but some, including the brain, can only use either glucose or ketones. Essentially, when you are in ketosis, you are relying on ketones for fuel instead of glucose and that is the best state to be in to lose weight and feel great.


There two occasionally mentioned concerns related to ketosis that are worth clarifying.


First, ketosis isn’t a problem for healthy brain function, as some observers have suggested it may be. Your brain receives plenty of energy from the glucose and ketones being supplied by your liver. In fact, scientists now think the low ratio of glucose in this fuel mix may actually be good for the brain and help against disorders such as Alzheimer’s and depression.


Second, ketosis is not ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a rare condition in which there is an excessive build-up of ketone bodies in the blood. It can occur in patients with type I diabetes or in cases of extreme starvation. For the rest of us it is safe and natural – and of course produces enormous health benefits by reducing excess body fat.

Our lists are consulted on by a panel of experts. Each item on the Real Lists is there for a number of reasons. The key factors we examine when compiling the lists are health benefits, nutrient density, carb count, hypoglycaemic load, ease of access, ease of preparation and whether or not ingredients are moreish or self-restricting. I would also add in that the lists are compiled by a panel of experts


If you would like to propose a new ingredient for the Real Lists, or you have more research that you feel could enhance the effectiveness of the current Real Lists, please do submit it to us with any supporting docs or links. We review the lists each quarter and we would love to have your input.

The first thing you need to do is download the lists to see which foods you can enjoy and which foods you need to avoid.


Then, check out some recipes and get cooking.


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There is no simple test to diagnose insulin resistance. Your doctor may suspect you are insulin resistant if you have three of the following:


  • A waist size of 101 cm or more in men and 89 cm or more in women
  • Increased levels of triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood)
  • Low HDL cholesterol levels (Less than 1.2 mmols/l for men and 1.7 mmols/l for women)
  • High blood pressure of 149/95 or higher, or being treated for high blood pressure
  • Fasting blood glucose levels of 5.5 mmols/l or above, or being treated for diabetes
  • A fasting glucose to insulin ratio of 0.5 or below
  • Weight gain usually distributed around the abdomen
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Tiredness (especially in the afternoon or after a meal containing carbohydrates)
  • Weakness
  • Bloating
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Constant hunger
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Depression
  • Skin tags
  • Sugar and stimulant cravings such as chocolate, sweets, coffee and cigarettes


Please note: Not all these are signs of being insulin resistant, but those such as hypertension are often associated with this condition, and may either precede or arise out of insulin resistance.

Yes, you can follow the principles of Banting 2.0 regardless of your weight. Their countless health benefits to Banting and the way we deliver it at Real Meal Revolution. Weight loss is only a side effect of returning to awesome health.

Absolutely. If you are a student or a pensioner, we would be more than happy to assist you with a generous discount. If you are otherwise financially strained, please request an application from our support team to apply for a bursary.


The misconception that Awesome health can only be achieved at great expense is probably down to two reasons:


  1. It can be expensive if you’re not careful (as almost all food shopping can be these days),
  2. In comparison, high-carb convenience food is almost always very cheap*.


The first mistake most newcomers to Real Meal Revolution make is to think they need to stock up on expensive nut flours, coconut oil, nut butters, baked goods, xylitol, etc. Those foods are totally unnecessary.


Real Meal Revolution and the Banting 2.0 framework promote eating lots of in-season green vegetables, small amounts of protein (be it prime steak or offal), and a good dose of healthy fats (from coconuts, olives, butter and livestock and oily fish).


A point to ponder: The availability of cheap, high-carb convenience food is so pervasive that it helps explain why obesity and its related illnesses are increasingly described as “diseases of poverty”. Where once poverty was equated with famine and malnourishment, rising rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia are now the mark of emerging economies and the poorer suburbs of first world cities. The ready availability of cheap food laden with sugar, refined carbs and unhealthy polyunsaturated fats is a likely explanation.



Banting 2.0 was specifically developed for those who suffer from diabetes. Real Meal Revolution prides itself on its ability to make diabetes treatment fun and delicious through the tools we offer and the multitude of recipes and meal plans we offer in our program.

Absolutely. Everyone is welcome. We have vegetarian meal plans and vegan meal plans. The general manager at Real Meal Revolution also happens to be vegan so we have in house vegan support.


On that note, our support team is dedicated to honouring everyone’s health. Whatever your dietary needs, we will do what we can to guide you in the right direction and create a delicious low carb meal plan to suit your needs.