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Banting Diet, Atkins and other fad diets

Following the Banting Diet, Atkins or other fad diet?

Bacon, sausage, biltong, eggs, processed meat and red meat have one thing in common:

Very high levels of TMAO (Trimethylamine Oxide is a chemical by-product produced in the human gut when choline, lecithin and carnitine is digested)

Recent clinical research[1]  (June 30 2017, Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute) has established a direct link between gut bacteria metabolism and obesity.

It is known that flavin enzymes, which convert TMAO into it’s active form (monooxygenase 3), is directly associated with higher incidence of Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and cardiac disease. The Cleveland Clinic research team established that blocking the specific (FMO3) intestinal microbial pathway can prevent obesity and insulin resistance.

What this means for you is that you should be aware of the health risks of fad diets and follow a healthy balanced diet (effect balanced lifestyle changes)

When you are following the Banting (High Fat), Atkins (High Protein), or any fad diet, you should check how much egg yolks, bacon, processed meat or red meat you are eating. (High levels would not be beneficial to your long term health)

The health of your gut bacteria is tantamount, ensure high levels of fiber: Ignore the Banting Diet recommendations of NO GRAINS (Whole grains contain the entire grain and the dietary fiber may decrease cholesterol levels and reduce risks of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes).

The main principle that you should take away from the Banting Diet is that slightly elevated levels of fat in your daily diet is not necessarily bad for you. But, the Banting Diet, as it is generally known, is not a healthy balanced diet and is a fad diet.

The main principle that you should take away from the Atkins Diet is to lower your dietary intake of carbohydrates. But, the Atkins Diet, as it stands, is not a healthy balanced diet and is a fad diet.

Fad diets are great for short term weight loss but are generally bad for your ongoing health. generally, when you combine the good elements from fad diets, you end up with a healthy balanced diet.

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[1] — Sources for this article:

[2] Why is a photo of “CHIPS” the featured image? – because having one or two potato chips is fine, eating a whole bag or going on “a potato chip diet”, is not healthy.


Always consult your medical doctor prior to starting any diet. To Lose Weight you have to consume fewer calories than your body burns.

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