What is the Banting diet?
The Banting diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate eating plan that was invented in the 1860s by undertaker William Banting. In a booklet called ‘Letter on Corpulence, Addressed To The Public’, Banting outlined how he managed to successively lose a substantial amount of weight by eating meat, green vegetables, fruits and dry wine while avoiding sugar, starch, beer, milk and butter.
It’s the modern version of the Banting diet that’s seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Similar to some of the other low-carb, high-fat diets out there, like the keto diet, the Banting diet requires participants to eat particular foods and stick to a lower daily calorie intake.
How does the Banting diet work?
The Banting diet is essentially a low-carbohydrate plan, so it works similarly to others in that it aims to push the body into burning stored fat for energy rather than carbohydrates.