The Banting Diet Experts

Banting Diet Experts are our go-to source of new information – We’d love to take credit for all of the benefits our members get out of the Banting Diet, but we can’t. That’s not to say we don’t have a team of chefs, scientists, coaches and techies who work on making our program more effective. It’s just that there are so many people we have to thank for doing the bulk of the research for us.


First things first – The Expert We Trust the Most

We follow scientists but we believe science is fundamentally flawed. Academia is riddled with vested interests, egos, hidden agendas and not-so-hidden agendas. It is well known amongst scientists that if you beat any set of data hard enough, it will tell you the truth.

We’re not trying to get promoted. We’re not funded by industry. We’re funded by members who use our service to change their lives. If we don’t deliver that, we lose our funding – Simple. With that in mind, we trust the feedback from our members.

If we had to choose between the latest study on weight loss from the best scientist in the world or the weight loss achieved by a group of our members, we would back our members day in and day out.

Although we look to the experts we trust, we use a 50/50 split between advice we take from the academic and literary experts and the advice we take from our members. Our members are the people doing the work on themselves to cause transformation in their lives and the lives of others. It is easy for us to skip a number on a graph if we’re not careful.

We call these members, our ‘studies of one’. Each member is their own case study and there is no amount of science that can tell someone who has cured themselves of diabetes that diabetes is an incurable disease. And, there is no doctor who can convince someone that they need to stay on chronic meds for the rest of their life when they have normalised their blood pressure, cured their gout and experienced any number of Banting benefits.

Our members just say ‘science shcmience. I’m keeping it real’.

With the above rant in mind, there are actually experts who believe in miracles, who spot anomalies, who challenge the status quo and who trust their patients and the data they produce.

Here are the Banting legends, why we dig them and where to find them.



William Davis

A cardiologist and bestselling author who has explored the benefits of cutting wheat from the diet; and a medical director and founder of the Wheat Belly Lifestyle Institute who has seen great success in patients who previously suffered from a variety of chronic illnesses, from arthritis to ulcerative colitis.

Ever wondered why all gluten-containing grains are on the Banting Red List? Dr Davis (and others) are strictly to blame.



Track Your Plaque (iUniverse, 2004)

Wheat Belly (Rodale Books, 2011)

Wheat Belly Cookbook (Rodale Books, 2012)

Wheat Belly Journal (Rodale Books, 2013)

Wheat Belly One Minute or Less Cookbook (Rodale Books, 2013)

Wheat Belly Total Health (Rodale Books, 2014)

Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox (Rodale Books, 2015)

Wheat Belly Slim Guide (Rodale Books, 2017)

Undoctored (Rodale Books, 2017)





Here is Dr Davis talking about ‘Wheatlessness’ and the impact wheat and gluten have on our health.


Andreas Eenfeldt

A Swedish family doctor who worked in family practice for eight years and treated many obese and pre-diabetic patients using the LCHF diet; he currently runs the most successful health blog in Sweden and is the world’s most popular LCHF blogger and vlogger.

Andreas attended the Old Mutual Health Convention in 2015 in Cape Town and we have followed him ever since. We use his epic site for face-to-face video access to every LCHF expert in the world. (Andreas, you beauty!)



Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014).





Here is Andreas talking about the Global Food Revolution that is Low Carb


Alessio Fasano

A world-renowned Italian paediatric gastroenterologist and researcher; he is currently the chief of paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children in Boston, among other positions; an expert in leaky gut syndrome, coeliac disease and other gluten-sensitive conditions.

Dr Fasano’s work on leaky gut and non-coeliac glutensensitivity explains why so many people experience remarkable benefits of the Banting diet long before they hit Transformation, the rapid fat burning phase of Banting. If you’re feeling great and you can’t explain why – Fasano can.


Gluten Freedom (Turner Publishing Co, 2014). Also search his talks online.



Here is Dr Fasano giving a mind blowing talk about How Nutrition Can Shape Gut Microbiota. It is brilliant.



Gary Fettke

An orthopaedic surgeon, and senior lecturer at the University of Tasmania and Australian campaigner against excess sugar and processed foods; he has seen significant improvements in the health of patients prior to surgery as a result of a low-sugar, low-carbohydrate diet; as a cancer survivor, he promotes the glucose cancer model, which hypothesises that fructose and sugar drive cancer.

Gary and Prof Noakes have something in common. Authorities have tried to silence them both but without success on both accounts. Although Gary fights the good fight, our main interest in Gary is his aversion to artificial sweeteners. It was his advice that lead us to moving all artificial sweeteners to the Banting Grey List (and wiped completely off the green list).



Inversion: One Man’s Answer for World Peace and Global Health (Messenger Publishing, 2008)




This is a vid of Gary talking about his views on cancer treatment (as a cancer survivor).

The second video is Gary’s take on A Nutritional Model of Inflammation & Modern Disease



Jason Fung

Canadian nephrologist, with a particular interest in obesity management; qualifications include nephrology fellowship through the University of California, Los Angeles at the Cedars-Sinai hospital; work and research in kidney care has led to extensive involvement with type-2 diabetes; considered a leading specialist in the use of both LCHF lifestyle and intermittent fasting in the treatment of common diseases.

Jason is the straight talking hero of fasting. Our light touch on intermittent fasting in the phases of Banting (particularly during Transformation) is led by his books and talks. His advice also shows up in the ‘Awesome Checklist’ which we recommend to the few members who plateau or want that extra edge.



The Obesity Code (Greystone Books, 2016);

The Complete Guide to Fasting (with Jimmy Moore; Victory Belt Publishing, 2016).



Here is an awesome explanation that Jason gives of therapeutic fasting, weight loss and why your diet has always made you hungrier and fatter in the long run.

Here is an interview of Jason talking about fasting and insulin resistance.



Zoe Harcombe

Long-established researcher in the field of diet and nutrition, who gained her PhD in public health nutrition in 2016; forerunnerin LCHF diet research, strong supporter of the inclusion of dietary fat in nutrition andexpert at analysing nutrition research.

Zoe backs our boys – In October 2016 Zoe appeared at the HPCSA hearing as an expert witness in defence of Prof Tim Noakes and his legal team. She nailed it.



Why Do You Overeat? When all you want is to be slim (Columbus Publishing Ltd, 2004)

Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight Recipe Book (Accent Press Limited, 2008)

The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How do we stop it? (Columbus Publishing Ltd, 2010)

The Harcombe Diet (Columbus Publishing Limited, 2011)

The Harcombe Diet: The Recipe Book (Self-published, 2011)

The Harcombe Diet for Men (Columbus Publishing Limited, 2011)

The Harcombe Diet 3-Step Plan (Hodder & Stoughton, 2013)




Here is a vid of Zoe talking at the Public Health Collaboration about calories, animal fat, total fat, what we really should be eating.

In this video, Zoe gives a high-level summary of all of the moving parts in the Noakes trial that she stood witness for.


Aseem Malhotra

Award-winning cardiologist and expert on treating, diagnosing and preventing heart disease; graduated from the University of Edinburgh and trained at Harefield Hospital in London before working as a doctor in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom; published commentaries have contributed to the prioritisation of sugar reduction in UK dietary guidelines.

Aseem drew our attention to the benefits of lifestyle changes over and above just changing diet. He’s the reason the Banting Diet is actually a lifestyle and not just a low carb diet.



The Pioppi Diet (Penguin, 2017)



Most of Aseem’s campaigning happens on Sky News and in parliament, but here is a rare talk he gave on the root cause of obesity and heart disease.


Ted Naiman

Medical doctor practising at Virginia Mason Issaquah Medical Center, specialising in family medicine; has used the LCHF diet to treat and cure metabolic diseases such as diabetes and autoimmune diseases; strong supporter of the LCHF lifestyle, advocate for change in nutrition teachings and fan of high intensity training to assist with weight maintenance.

If you are 40+ and you look like Ted Naiman without his shirt on, we will take your advice. Ted manages to simplify the universe of low carb into edible chunks. We make use of Ted’s advice when recommending what kind of exercise people should do during Transformation to optimise weight loss and insulin sensitivity.






In this video, Ted explains diet from beginning to end. GI, GL, insulin sensitivity, insulin resistance, blood sugar, calories, triglycerides, fat carbs and proteins all explained.

Here is a deeper look into Insulin Resistance that Ted gives at Low Carb Vail.


Tim Noakes

Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine; renowned South African research scientist, chairman of The Noakes Foundation and member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa; the country’s leading proponent of the LCHF diet and activist for dietary guideline change.

Prof co-wrote the original Real Meal Revolution and Raising Superheroes with Jonno (our CEO). His reputation in science and his contribution to our books is at the core of our beliefs and philosophy as a company. After a controversial article Prof wrote for the Discovery Health magazine in 2010, he received 127 testimonial emails from people who had lost weight and experienced numerous benefits of Banting. These 127 emails were the very first ‘Studies of one’ that led Prof to believe in the wisdom of the crowds. They were also the first sign to us at RMR that we should consider favouring personal testimony over conventional wisdom



The Real Meal Revolution (Quivertree Publications, 2013);

The Real Meal Revolution: Raising Superheroes (The Real Meal Revolution, 2015)

The Banting Pocket Guide (Penguin Random House, 2017)




Here is a talk that Prof gave at Low Carb Down Under on the medical aspect of the low carbohydrate lifestyle.

The moment we all waited for – here is a summary of the famous Noakes Trial in South Africa, delivered by both sides and followed by the verdict.


David Perlmutter

Medical doctor, board-certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition; recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders and the Denham Harman Award for his pioneering work in free radical science and its application in clinical medicine; author of numerous popular books on nutritional influences in neurological disorders.

The Banting Red List and the Banting Green List are riddled with DrPerlmutter’s advice. David was also brave enough to publicly discuss the associationbetween neurological disorders and gluten sensitivity. The most important step during Restoration Phase is to cut out the red list, and we have made it so to be in line with Dr Perlmutter’s advice.



Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment (Hay House, 2011)

Grain Brain: The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar (Yellow Kite Books, 2013)

The Grain Brain Cookbook (Hodder & Stoughton, 2014)

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life (Little, Brown, 2015)

The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan (Little, Brown and Co, 2016)





Here is Dr Perlmutter talking about his latest book and how the gut biome, low carb diets and optimal mental and physical health are all related.

Here is Dr Perlmutter talking about how foods can change your DNA. Awesome interview on PaleoHacks


Stephen Phinney

Physician-scientist who has studied and researched at Stanford, MIT and Harvard universities; instrumental in research conducted on diet, exercise, fatty acids and inflammation; all-round LCHF guru. Has worked closely with Jeff Volek and Eric Westman.

Dr Phinney is the God of LCHF. We met Dr Phinney in February 2015 and have followed him closely since then. Dr Phinney’s advice led us to change the carb threshold on our program from 25g of net carbs to 30g of total carbs and we also used mostly his research to develop our phase calculator (along with a super-freak computer scientist) that now calculates how much of the fat you burn needs to be eaten and how much can come from your own fat stores – the famous macro-nutrient ratio calculator.




The New Atkins For A New You: The ultimate diet for shedding weight and feeling great(Fireside, 2010);

The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living (Beyond Obesity LLC, 2011);

The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance (Beyond Obesity LLC, 2012).

Documentary – Cereal Killers 2: Run on fat (Donal O’Neil, 2015).

Here is Dr Phinney talking about Optimising low carb diets with weight loss and health. He kicks off by debunking myths about salt.


Mark Sisson

Athlete and endurance marathon runner who has performed independent research on modern diet and nutrition; placed 4th in the 1982 Iron Man World Championship; launched MarksDailyApple.com, a website dedicated to nutrition, exercise and the concept of the Primal Blueprint.

Mark’s open-minded approach is what led us to somewhat softening the Banting Food lists. We split the Banting Orange List into Orange A and Orange B after reading Mark’s take on how bad or not that bad some ingredients are. Sure there are ingredients that can cause damage, but Mark puts in perspective how much of some of them you actually need to eat for them to harm you (or benefit you). And, he is also in ridiculous shape for someone born in 1953



The Primal Blueprint (Primal Nutrition, Inc, 2009)

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook (Primal Nutrition, 2010)

Primal Blueprint: Quick and Easy Meals (Primal Nutrition, 2011)

The 21 Day Total Body Turnaround (Ebury Publishing, 2012)

The Primal Blueprint: Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings (Primal Nutrition Incorporated, 2012)

90-Day Journal: N=1 A Personal Experiment (Midpoint Trade Books Incorporated, 2012)

The Primal Connection (Primal Blueprint Pub., 2013)

The Primal Blueprint: Quick and Easy Cookbook (Ebury Publishing, 2014)

Primal Endurance (Primal Nutrition, Incorporated, 2016)






Here is older video of Mark being interviewed by Andreas Eenfeldt (The Diet Doctor)


Gary Taubes

Award-winning science journalist and author, with master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Stanford and journalism from Columbia; propelled the modern LCHF v LFHC debate into the public domain with his bestselling Good Calories, Bad Calories; helped shatter the perceived authority of decades of dietary dogma.

Gary’s investigative journalism exposed politicians, scientist and guidelines authorities for being generally average and for not putting their people first. He is another reason we believe in ‘studies of one’.



What if it’s all been a big fat lie? (New York Times article from 2002, available at www.nytimes.com)

Good Calories, Bad Calories (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007; published as The Diet Delusion in the UK)

Why We Get Fat: And what to do about it (Alfred A Knopf, 2010)

The Case Against Sugar (Alfred A Knopf, 2016)



Here is a 2 minute summary of how we get fat, based on Gary’s research:

Gary, The Legend, delivers his famous talk – Why We Get Fat

And here he gives a talk on his latest book – The Case Against Sugar


Nina Teicholz

Investigative journalist; attended Yale and Stanford universities and has a master’s from Oxford; bestselling book The Big Fat Surprise was named the best science book of 2014 by The Economist and highly praised by The BMJ, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and others.

In October 2016 Teicholz appeared at the HPCSA hearing as an expert witness in defence of Tim Noakes.



The Big Fat Surprise: Why butter, meat & cheese belong in a healthy diet (Simon & Schuster, 2014)




Here she is talking about The Real Food Politics and Institutional Defense of the Status-Quo

Here is Nina’s epic Ted Talk – The Big Fat Surprise



Jeff Volek

Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut; leads a team of researchers specialising in dietary and exercise regimens and nutritional supplements; his studies have shown that the limiting of dietary carbohydrates directly affects weight gain, overall health and athletic performance. Has worked closely with Stephen Phinney and Eric Westman.

Prof Volek is our go-to for endurance exercise science and Banting. He literally wrote the book on low carbohydrate diet and performance with Stephen Phinney.




The Testosterone Advantage Plan (Rodale, 2003)

Men’s Health TNT Diet (Rodale Books, 2007)

The New Atkins For A New You (Fireside, 2010)

The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living (Beyond Obesity LLC, 2011)

The Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Performance (Beyond Obesity LLC, 2012)

Here is Jeff talking about the Art and Science of Low Carb Living: Cardio Metabolic Benefits and Beyond

Here he talks about The Many Facts of Keto Adaptation, Health, Performance and Beyond



Eric Westman

Specialist in the treatment of obesity, diabetes and tobacco dependence; chair of the KE Diet Scientific Advisory Board; associate professor of medicine at Duke University Health System and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic; strong supporter of the ketogenic diet who has received awards and recognition for his contribution to the Obesity Medicine Association. Has worked closely with Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek.

Dr Westman is a bit of a champ. Eric’s work in the poorer communities of USA helped us understand the issues relating to access to real food. His opinions helped us prioritise certain elements of the Banting Food lists along with the general advice we give our members around processed food. Rather than a dogmatic, ‘absolutely not’ approach, Dr Westman helped us realise there is ‘best possible option’ approach when it comes to buying and eating food.



The New Atkins For A New You (Fireside, 2010)

A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual (Create Space Independent Publishing Platform, 2013)



Here Eric weighs in with his clinical experience and theory on LCHF and its use in the treatment of Diabetes

And here he tells us a bit of the history of Diabetes treatment



David Gillespie

David Gillespie is a father of six, a recovering corporate lawyer, a former co-founder of a successful software company and the author of eight bestselling books. His first book, Sweet Poison, published in 2008 is widely credited with starting the current Australian wave of anti-sugar sentiment.

It is David’s research that guided us to put seed oils on the Banting Red List.



Sweet Poison (Penguin Random House, 2008)

Toxic Oil (Penguin Random House Australia, 2013)

Sweet Poison Quit Plan Cookbook (Penguin UK, 2013)

The No Sugar Recipe Book (Penguin Books, Limited, 2014)

The Eat Real Food Cookbook (Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, 2016)

Eat Real Food: The Only Solution to Permanent Weight Loss and Disease Prevention (Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited, 2015)

Big Fat Lies (Penguin Books Australia, 2016)

The Sweet Poison Quit Plan (Penguin Books Australia, 2017)




Although this talk is called ‘Sugar, No Thanks’, it is actually a deep explanation of fats. Which are good, which are bad and just how bad they are.



Ann Childers

Psychiatric physician who specialises in the psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents and adults; member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the Nutrition and Metabolism Society and the American Society of Bariatric Physicians; expert in the field of nutrition for mental health.

We met Ann in Feb 2015 at the Old Mutual Health Convention. Ann contributed to Real Meal Revolution Raising Superheroes.





Here is Ann speaking from Diet Doctor’s youtube channel.


Michael Moss

Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller SALT SUGAR FAT: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the Times, keynote speaker and occasional guest on shows like CBS This Morning, CNN The Lead, ATC and Jon Stewart’s the Daily Show.

Michael, although not a strict low-carber himself, wrote one of the most important books in history on the food industry. He explained to us how food giants make food addictive, which has given us great power in helping members on our program fight temptation and make the right food choices.


Salt Sugar Fat (WH Allen, 2013)




Here Michael talks about the food industry and How the Food Giants Hooked Us

And here is the interview continued