FAQs

What is Banting/LCHF?

Banting or LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) is a lifestyle and nutrition approach that focuses on eating real food for maximum health. This means keeping carbohydrates to a minimum and cutting out sugar, starch, chemically enhanced foods and increasing your intake of whole foods, healthy saturated fats and nutrient-dense vegetables. Banting has shown remarkable results for diabetics and has even reversed the onset of Type 2 diabetes in some people. Other health benefits include decreased hunger, better skin, relief of irritable bowel syndrome, improved blood pressure and cholesterol and, of course, easily sustainable weight loss. It’s a lifestyle packed with loads of delicious foods for you to enjoy. It will change your life!
For more information about what you can and can’t eat register on the LOSE IT website here to see our food lists here.

What do I get in the LOSE IT! 6-week online meal plan?

• A fabulous custom-made Meal Plan for six weeks of delicious LCHF living
• A Shopping List for each week to simplify your weekly shop and planning
• Access to delicious tried, tested and tasted recipes exclusive to the LOSE IT Meal Plan, as well as great tips and ideas
• Weekly inspiration to keep you on track, motivated and connected
• Great reads to inspire you to succeed
• Easy access to the vibrant LOSE IT community forums where you can share, exchange, encourage – and ask any questions you have!

What do I get when I sign up for the LOSE IT website?

• A FREE fantastic weekly Lose It! newsletter with links to great recipes, the latest updates, tips, inspiring stories and fabulous competitions
• FREE easy access to comprehensive WHAT YOU CAN EAT food lists
• FREE access to readers’ favourite LCHF recipes on the website!

What can I eat?

Check out this page to access comprehensive lists of what you can and can’t eat.

What about my cholesterol?

We’ve covered all your cholesterol questions in Volume 3 of LOSE IT – email julian.padua@media24.com to order a back copy!

When does the LOSE IT! 6-week program, start?

One of the many great things about the LOSE IT 6-Week Online Meal Plan is that you can start the on any Monday you choose! You don’t have to wait for the next time we run it – you pick a time that suits YOU. When you buy the course, for example on a Thursday, the first week – your Prep Week – becomes available to you the following Monday and then you have access to the rest of the content week by week.

Can I drink alcohol?


This is tricky, but we are realistic about what is sustainable and what is not. Dry red and white wine are allowed in moderation after the first two weeks of the LOSE IT Meal Plan (not every day and not 3 glasses!) as well as spirits like whisky, champagne (dry not sweet!), brandy, rum, sparkling wine, tequila and vodka. But steer clear of beer …

What about chocolate?


We’re very happy to say, YES! Again, moderation is key, and take care that your chocolate is 75% and up pure cocoa – the higher the cocoa percentage the better. But sugar is addictive, and if you can’t stop yourself after one or two squares it’s probably better to steer clear completely. Check our recipes for gorgeous sweet treats and chocolate alternatives.

Must I give up sugar forever?

The short answer is YES. The long answer is YES, and you won’t even miss it. Once you start you’ll see that after a few weeks of LCHF eating you won’t crave sugar anymore at all – and there are plenty of delicious alternatives for those moments when you think nothing else will do. Sugar is toxic, and if you’re diabetic there’s no question about it – sugar just is not an option. Living LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet – but it’s one you’ll be happy to live!

What about wholegrains and low GI starches?

No. Grains are completely out – you really don’t need them. If you’re an athlete, you may have to add extra starches into your diet in the form of sweet potato and pumpkin, for example, but grains – no matter what they say on the packet – just aren’t healthy for you.