Why Banting?

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Of all the diets, in all the world, Alfred had to commit to this one… but what makes this one so special?

Kim takes the class on an Educational Field Trip and explains (as he so loves to do) what the principles and promises of the Banting Diet are. Why has this diet taken the world by storm, and what exactly is it doing to your body?

Haters gonna hate, but Banters gonna Bant… get some knowledge here

First Ultra Marathon Completed on the Banting Diet

This weekend Alfred ran the Loskop 50km Ultra Marathon. He was hoping to get a time of 5h30min…His final time – 5h16min!

Not bad for his first ultra on the Banting diet.

How did he fuel himself for the race? The night before he had a meal of fried eggs and boerewors. He then started the race on Saturday without having anything to eat. He made sure to drink a lot of water at all the fuelling stations then at the 25km he was craving something to eat. He got one of the guys at the station to give him a piece of boerwors and that kept him going until the end!

Water and boerwors for 50km. Great going Alfred!

Here are Alfred’s logs so far. You’ll see he’s dropped 4.5kg since he started the diet 3 weeks ago…
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Why change?

dr seussRevolutionising your personal diet seems like a curious thing to do when you’re two months away from the biggest race in the world. We tried to get to the bottom of what convinced Alfred to convert to Banting, and what dissatisfied him about his previous eating regime. As usual, his answers were both practical and, as always, a little bit philosophical.

If you’re reading this and you’re on Banting, tell us what inspired you here

Meet Alfred


Alfred Motaung is a fascinating man. He has run the world famous Comrades Marathon 13 times and is training to do it again on the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet popularised by Tim Noakes as the Banting diet.

How does a quiet and polite man, born and raised in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa go from being a herd-boy, to a practiser of martial arts, to a veteran runner of the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon?

What inner strength got him to run the 90km between Durban and Pietermaritzburg having had no formal training and wearing the wrong shoes?

Read on here to discover the remarkable story of our colleague and friend.