Health & Fitness
LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way

LOSE IT! The Low Carb & Paleo Way Vol 20 - 2017

With lockdown in full swing, it can feel difficult to make healthy decisions. Everyone has taken up baking, and that banana bread is calling your name! But now that we’re spending less time going out for dinner and more time preparing our own meals, it might also be the perfect time to review, recommit, and get your life on track. This issue has you covered with fresh ideas, motivation, and meal inspiration. This month’s power ingredient is an ancient seed the Mayans named ‘strength’: chia seeds, and we find out exactly why. Get to know our top lockdown pick, Buyfresh – the organic online grocery store that delivers straight to your doorstep. You’ll also meet an inspiring power couple who lost 110kg in total on the LCHF diet! We discuss insulin resistance, if peanuts should stay or go, and how fasting can rid your body of toxins. With 47 new recipes, you’ll be able to whip up indulgent guilt-free pleasures as well as succulent comfort foods. We perfect an easy-peasy pie recipe – crusty and flaky, just the way you like it! Take a walk on the greener side with some plant-based low-carb meals, keep things fresh with some tasty Greek food or opt for a spicy low-carb curry. And for dessert, we’ve snuck in a few decadent chocolate dishes, just for you. Top it all off with the perfect roast and you’ve got this season sorted! LCHF is about more than just weight loss; it’s about your health and your happiness!

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in this issue

2 min.
news, views & reviews

Our expert panel NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST SALLY-ANN CREED is the foremost and most experienced LCHF practitioner in South Africa. DR GERHARD SCHOONBEE, GP, has over 40 years of medical experience, and personal experience of living the LCHF lifestyle. He also has a deep scientific and medical interest in the subject. BLOG AUTHOR NICKY PERKS ( WWW.PRIMALPERKS.COM) is also the CO-FOUNDER OF BANTING BUDDIES, which offers personalised coaching to those wanting to lose weight and get healthy. Please share your success stories, recipes, banting restaurant reviews, tips, questions and concerns with us on info@loseit.co.za, @loseitmag (Twitter and Instagram) and facebook.com/Loseitmag. We look forward to hearing your insights and experiences! ‘whynot winter?’ That’s the tag line for Roark Gyms’ annual campaign. It’s asking old and new members, ‘Why not sign up and get into the best shape of your…

2 min.
lchf news

We’re all familiar with the diet-heart hypothesis – that if we replace saturated fat with vegetable oils that are rich in linoleic acid (oils such as corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, and soybean oil), they lower serum (blood) cholesterol and, in turn, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and associated death. This has been the dietary line for a good few decades now. However, there actually haven’t been many scientific tests to establish this relationship as fact so researchers have dredged up and re-analysed old data and published their findings in the British Medical Journal. The first was from the 1966–73 Sydney Diet Heart Study, which showed that replacing saturated fat with those vegetable oils rich in linoleic acid actually increased the risk of death from all…

4 min.
‘dropping from 126kg to 84kg has been a triumph’

A good friend I’d known since high school was killed in a motorcycle accident, and I pretty much fell apart: by 2015, I weighed 126kg. ‘I grew up with a fairly traditional meal pattern: cereal for breakfast, a pie or sandwich for lunch, and meat, rice and potatoes for dinner. Like all kids I liked fizzy drinks and treats like doughnuts and chips but, unlike most kids, I started to get chubby and in my teens my mom had me join Weigh-Less. It worked but after school I left for London – and a life of partying, patched with convenience foods. When I came back to South Africa I was big. Over the years I tried one diet after another; there were times when I made some progress but nothing was permanent.…

2 min.
this month’s miracle ingredient: aubergines

itwas not always so. Because of their inherent bitterness, aubergines were thought, in some cultures, to cause insanity, leprosy and cancer. However we now know that there are multiple nutritional benefits associated with aubergines. They are a source of dietary fibre, manganese, vitamin B1 and copper. They also contain vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate and vitamin K. The distinctive benefits come from the phytochemical nasunin in the purple skin, and chlorogenic acid. Nasunin functions as a protective mechanism for the plant against environmental damage, particularly harmful sun’s rays. In humans, nasunin is not only a freeradical scavenger but it also helps to reduce the tendency of excess iron to cause a free-radical chain reaction that damages cells and reduces antioxidants in the body. Animal studies have also demonstrated that nasunin promotes a…

5 min.
and 2 other reader questions for sally-ann creed

Q: Please tell me about the roles of ghrelin and leptin. A: Ghrelin and leptin are your hunger hormones. They switch your hunger and satiety levels on and off. Ghrelin signals hunger, leptin signals fullness. When it comes to losing weight you are at their mercy. When ghrelin has the upper hand and its level rises you begin to feel hungry so you eat. Once your body’s need for nourishment is taken care of leptin begins to rise, ghrelin drops and your hunger dissipates as your feeling of fullness takes over. Sounds simple enough – but not so fast. You might find it interesting to know that if you restrict your food intake too much your ghrelin level increases and your leptin level drops. In other words you will always feel hungry. This…

4 min.
good fats vs bad fats

wenow know we have been misled for decades about saturated fat being ‘deadly’ but we have also been misled about polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). These have been promoted as everything from heart healthy to slimming but it appears nothing could be further from the truth. Shockingly, up to 62% of the Standard American Diet (and probably the standard South African diet!) is made up of PUFAs so we need to look at this. We already know, as low-carbers, that saturated fatty acids (SFAs) from animal fats and coconut oil are not harmful – so where do monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and PUFAs fit in? Chemically MUFAs and PUFAs are very similar but there’s a slight difference in the structure of their molecules, which changes what they do. You will find MUFAs in red meat,…