What Is All The Fuss About?

Professor Tim Noakes is a respected South African sports scientist, who’s been championing a high fat, moderate protein diet as an effective solution to pre-diabetes – a lifestyle disease he himself was diagnosed with a few years ago. The new eating plan he embarked on – which entails eating protein and high-fat food and avoiding carbs – has had astounding results, and he claims he’s the fittest and healthiest he’s been in 20 years.

Noakes is incredibly pragmatic, and charismatic to boot, and it’s hard not to be swayed by what he has to say in his new book, The Real Meal Revolution. He’s quick to add though that the eating plan he’s championing is not a short term diet or a quick fix for that matter, it’s a complete lifestyle change which means changing your attitude towards food, drink and exercise.

So, What’s On The Menu?

For most people, the notion of eating fat to lose weight is completely foreign – and let’s face it, hard to believe. How does it work, and how does it contribute to weight loss? Tim Noakes’ new book, The Real Meal Revolution, answers these questions and more.  According to Noakes: “There are no meal times. No portion sizes. No kilojoule restriction. You let your body tell you how much to eat. The only thing you count is how many grams of sugar or carbohydrates are in food. I look in the fridge and I choose what I want to eat.”  Find out more about the Tim Noakes Eating Plan.

So what should you be stocking up on and eating on the Tim Noakes eating plan?

  • Fish (Tim regularly eats pilchards and tinned fish for lunch) and chicken
  • Nuts: macadamia nuts, almonds and Brazil nuts
  • Full cream dairy – particularly yoghurt, and eggs
  • Leafy green vegetables such as spinach, and broccoli – they’re low in carbs and high in fibre

Noakes isn’t a fan of fruit, because it’s high in carbs and fructose. However, registered dietician Megan Pentz-Kluyts disagrees with excluding fruit from your diet, as this would mean you have to increase the amount of vegetable servings to make up for it.

Our Resident Doctor Weighs In

We chatted to Dr. Russell, our resident doctor at Hello Doctor, to get his input on the Tim Noakes Eating Plan. Here’s what he had to say: “The eating plan is certainly revolutionary, and it goes against the grain of what Doctors previously thought to be true.  Having said that, Noakes is a well-respected scientist, and wouldn’t recommend something that hasn’t been thoroughly researched. His research methods have always been detailed and accurate, and of a high international standard.”

“One issue doctors do have is recommending something that could potentially cause someone harm. After all, we took an oath to “do good” – always!”  While Dr. Russell isn’t implying that the eating plan is harmful – in fact, he does admit that it seems to be beneficial to people who suffer from metabolic syndrome, diabetes and carb intolerance – he sums it up by saying that each individual needs to consider their unique medical condition and requirements before starting on the eating plan.

Questions To Ask Your Dietitian

  1.  I want to lose weight quickly, is this eating plan suitable for me?
  2.  Is this eating plan only suitable for pre-diabetics?
  3.  I want to start on this eating plan but I have specific dietary requirements (example vegetarian or lactose intolerant) that contradict the foods that Noakes recommends eating. Is there a way around this?
  4.  If this eating plan is suitable for me, what results could I expect after 6 months?
  5.  What are the dangers or side effects of this eating plan?

Our Team Puts The Tim Noakes Eating Plan To The Test!


Meet Andy (41)
I’m a tinker, and really enjoy trying new ways of managing my weight. Because I’m on the shorter side, and slightly chunky, I tend to put on weight easily. I’m also a habitual exerciser, and often train 6 times a week, so my health is clearly very important to me. Last year my Doctor told me that I needed to manage my diet more carefully, as my cholesterol levels were high – as a result of a genetic predisposition. During the course of last year I tried a low carb / low fat diet and really struggled – it left me feeling very flat at work and I had no energy during exercise. So I reverted back to a “normal” diet. Then, in November last year, I went wheat free. It was a revelation, and after a 2 week detox I really felt fantastic. This was a turning point for me to consider a different approach to how I should be eating. When “The Real Meal Revolution” launched, I thought I’d give it a go. So I have now bought the book, done the research and I am giving it 100 days to test how this eating plan works for me, and how easy it is to maintain. This is important as I travel a lot for business and it impacts how we eat as a family, and the effect it has on my cholesterol levels. So, here’s to full cream milk and tasty fats, and goodbye to carbs. Let’s see how it goes for 100 days!

Measurables: (as measured on 7 February 2014)

Lipogram (Fasting Cholesterol)
S-Cholesterol – 6.6 mmol/L
Triglycerides – 0.94 mmol/L
HDL Cholesterol – 1.83 mmol/L
Cholesterol:  HDL Ratio
LDL Cholesterol (measured) – 4.0 mmol/L
Non HDL Cholesterol – 4.77 mmol/L
P-Glucose Fasting – 4.9 mmol/L

Other things we will be tracking:

  • Sleep patterns
  • Energy levels
  • Mental focus levels
  • Fatigue levels
  • General mood/happiness
  • Stress levels
  • General well being

Follow Andy’s progress over the next 100 days! We’ll be updating the blog on a weekly basis.  If you’re also following the eating plan, share your story with us! Simply email suggestions@hellodoctor.com.

LISTEN: If you have time, then don’t miss this podcast by Tim Noakes on eating the right food, and the Real Meal Revolution.

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