… South Africa went batty for bant­ing

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - REPORTAGE - By BIBI-AISHA WADVALLA, re­porter / ENCA

OF­FER­ING COL­LEAGUES cup­cakes used to mean in­stant pop­u­lar­ity. Now, un­less it’s made you’re a pariah. We went bant­ing mad, fol­low­ing the launch of Pro­fes­sor Tim Noakes’s The Real Meal Revo­lu­tion in Oc­to­ber 2013. Carbs were de­clared the en­emy. ‘Viva, chops and cheese!’ cried ban­ters as they boarded the bant-wagon and rode it straight to their near­est Woolies… un­til the sta­ple The strong­hold was in Cape Town, home to Noakes. He shot to rock-star star­dom and restau­rant. Noakes was tri­umphant and groupies bragged about how fab­u­lous they felt while they munched on bil­tong.

Then sci­en­tists and doc­tors took up arms, claim­ing the diet is un­healthy and not proven to be more ef­fec­tive at long-term weight loss. Some doc­tors said Noakes is send­ing South Africa into heart dis­ease cen­tral. But Noakes and his potato-hat­ing fol­low­ers say their proof is in the ta­pi­oca pud­ding.

THE COOK­BOOK THAT TRIG­GERED A CAULIFLOWER

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