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LOSE IT! The LCHF way Volume 25 -May-18

LOSE IT! THE LOW-CARB WAY MUCH MORE THAN A MAGAZINE It’s the chance to get your life back! GET READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE with Lose It Volume 27. In ‘Low-Carb Lowdown’ you’ll find all you need to know about the benefits of egg yolk and going low-carb for optimum fertility, and clinical nutritionist Ruth Marcus answers the burning question: ‘Is low-carb safe for kids?’ With all the lifestyle dietary options around these days, things can get confusing. In “What’s in a name?” Ruth also talks about the key differences between LCHF, Keto, Paleo, unpacks the criteria for a safe dietary lifestyle and advises low-carbers on finding their personal dietary ‘fit’. Be inspired by Bregda Mostert, who dropped not only loads of kilos, but all her meds too! Can fasting (‘The New F-Word’) fast-track weight-loss? Short answer: YES. We’ve got some great tips from people who did it. Cookbook writer Ine Reynierse shares the family health history that changed her relationship with food, plus some delectable recipes from her cookbook Eat Lekker – For Goodness’ Sake. We try out electro muscle stimulation (EMS) training to find out what this fitness fix can do for your strength development and how it works. And in ‘10 Ways to beat sleeplessness’ we discover just how lack of sleep directly affects our eating habits, health and state of mind. Volume 27 is jampacked with 35 great recipes for every occasion, so go on, have that occasional chocolate treat (‘Now & Again Treats’) – you deserve it! In other words, this issue has all you need to know about low-carb living and super recipes to keep you on course: that’s why Lose It – The Low-Carb Way is not just a magazine; it’s a chance to get your life back!

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news, views, and reviews

Want to beat the blues this winter? Then eat the right foods: even mainstream publications like the Wall Street Journal are beginning to acknowledge that research over the past decade has shown that a diet high in processed and refined foods increases the risk of depression in everyone, including children and teens. In an April article, they said a bad diet has a terrible effect on your microbiome, the state of which seriously affects your mood. The trillions of microorganisms that live in our gut, said neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi, can alter the production of serotonin.A good diet can’t replace therapy for everyone, but it will go a long way to improving your mood – and mood balance. Good news for us low-carbers – it means we’re well on the way…

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our experts

NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST RUTH MARCUS has a Bachelor’s degree in clinical nutrition and a Master’s in obesity and weight management. ‘Eating low carb is the best way to find food freedom!’DR GERHARD SCHOONBEE, GP, has over 40 years’ medical experience, and personal experience of living the low-carb lifestyle. He also has a deep scientific and medical interest in the subject.BLOG AUTHOR NICKY PERKS (WWW.PRIMALPERKS.COM) is 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 via, @loseitmag (Twitter and Instagram) and We look forward to hearing your insights and experiences! ■…

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low carb lowdown

LIFE IN THE FAST LANEThere’s no standard duration for a fast, says Dr Jason Fung. They can range from 12 hours to a month or more. (The world record for fasting, he says, is 382 days – and the patient was completely fine!) It used to be normal for all of us to fast 12 hours a day, eating nothing between dinner and breakfast, but very few people still do this. And given the 21st-century diet, a 12-hour daily fast is probably no longer enough to protect us from insulin resistance anyway. Some advocate fasting from 7pm each night to 11am each day (so you eat all your daily meals within an eight-hour period), while others report results with a 20-hour daily fast – you eat for only four consecutive…

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18kg lighter – and writing her own low-carb cookbooks!

‘I made the decision to try the low-carb lifestyle - and I’ve never looked back. I became a Banter overnight!’‘I’ve lived on a farm in the beautiful Overberg in the Western Cape my entire life,’ says Madelé Burger. ‘I’m a mother, a grandmother and a wife. I play guitar in the church band and do the admin for our farm. I love food, and eat when I’m happy, sad, in a festive mood or bored.’Over the years, Madelé says, she became addicted to food and piled on weight. She was also diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, her cholesterol levels were well above the normal range and she was pre-diabetic.‘My eating habits were totally out of control. I knew I had to do something drastic.’By the time Madelé first heard about Banting,…

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all about vitamin d

NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST SALLY-ANN CREED‘THE REALITY IS THAT WE’RE NOT OUTSIDE ALL THAT MUCH ANY LONGER. AND WHEN WE DO GET SOME SUN, WE EITHER GET TOO LITTLE (DUE TO THE TIME OF YEAR) OR TOO MUCH, SO THAT WE BURN.’There’s been an enormous amount of research into vitamin D over the past decade or so, and with good reason. In fact, it has emerged as the nutrient of the decade. The ‘sunshine vitamin’ has plenty of health benefits that we cannot ignore, especially when it comes to reducing the risk of serious disease: from bone diseases, diabetes, bacterial and viral infectious diseases, many types of cancer and autoimmune diseases to multiple sclerosis and cognitive and neurological diseases.One of the most exciting findings concerning vitamin D is the effect it has…

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this month’s miracle ingredient: south african herbal infusions

RooibosRooibos is our most popular herbal infusion, and the one that has gained the most traction internationally. It’s mainly grown in the Cederberg and is fermented (oxidised) to produce the little brown leaves we all recognise. Interestingly, unoxidised/unfermented green rooibos is actually healthier because the fermentation process lowers its antioxidant capacity, but it’s expensive because it has a more complicated production process.Rooibos is very low in tannins and has no caffeine, which makes it a great afternoon or bedtime drink if you suffer from insomnia. It contains a number of flavonols including quercetin, which has antioxidant properties and is known to scavenge for free radicals. One (admittedly tiny) human study showed that unoxidised rooibos produced a 28% higher antioxidant potential in plasma than normal rooibos did.Like black, oolong and green…