Over 150 years ago, after a 30 year struggle to lose his excess weight, William Banting effortlessly lost over 20kg (46lb) in 12 months, and Most Importantly, He Never Had A Weight Problem Ever Again.
4 Meals a Day Sample
William implemented a 4 meals a day diet, The Banting System, and lost 1.5 to 2.5kg (3.5 to 5.5lb) monthly.
William wrote a book about how he lost his excess weight, and The Banting System helped thousands of people around the world, a new medical word Bantingism was added to the dictionary, and it's still there today.
'In my humble judgment, the dietary is the principal point in the treatment of Corpulence, (Corpulence is Excess Weight) and it appears to me, moreover, that if properly regulated it becomes in a certain sense a medicine'.
Welcome to Banting.com
My name's Marc Edward Jarman, William Banting is my 4 Great's Grandfather, on my Dad's side of the family. (Family Tree) That book William wrote is regarded by many as the first weight loss diet book ever written, I think it's definitely the first sustainable weight loss diet book ever written, here's why:
The 15kg (33lb) weight I lost above is secondary to the effortless 1.5 to 2.5kg (3.5 to 5.5lb) monthly weight loss system I found in the final 3 months of those 12 months, a system so simple, effective and sustainable, it's basically a modern day version of William's 4 meals a day, carbs included Banting diet.
William first wrote his book Letter on Corpulence in May, 1863, he initially gave it away to anyone who wanted help reducing their weight, William paid for the printing costs himself until the demand for his book became too great. After going on sale, his book sold 50,000 copies in only the first 8 months.
I've now simplified William's book into an easy 5-10 minute read below, the third edition, simply read the underlined comments and phrases, I found them extremely valuable. I've also written 'today words' next to old words not used anymore, see William's 12 Month Weight Loss Timeline outlined on page 29, I've converted his weight, recorded in lb, into kg too, download a pdf copy here.
This photo below is my Dad, (Syd) who like William, struggled with his weight for a lot of his life too, but where William found a solution to his weight problem in his 60's, my Dad didn't, he had a heart attack and died when he was 57, in 2002, this is one way to remember him.
William was one of only three men to have his name become a word in the dictionary, Bantingism named after him, here's the definition of Bantingism once again, this time followed by what I think is a more specific definition for Bantingism today, based on William's diet.
What was different about William's 4 meals a day diet compared to another 'low carb' diet, the keto diet (see FAQ's for more detail) is William still kept carbs in his diet, he simply ate a lower amount of carbs in his diet. For example, one or two of William's daily meals still had bread in them. William also ate fruit every afternoon, fruit was his third meal of the day, and William also mentions eating rice in his book too.
Regarding the saturated fats inclusion in my statement, William stopped eating butter on his new diet, he did re-introduce it from time to time, but never to amounts he ate prior to starting his new diet. William emphasises eating QUALITY food, (spelt in capitals) so with 3 of his 4 daily meals including meat, (and money being no issue) it leads me to think he would have been eating the best quality meat possible, which is lean meat, known to contain less saturated fat.
And finally, in William's fourth edition of his book, released 5 years after his third edition, the only addition being a lengthy updated preface, in a sentence nearing the end of it, a sentence containing meat, gravies and jellies, he uses these 5 words, 'the fat being skimmed off', now if William's diet was a high fat diet I don't think he would have used those 5 words anywhere in his book.
One thing that can't be debated is that William is known worldwide as 'The father of the low carb diet', see this simple Google search response below.
In summing up what William did so many years ago, he increased his protein intake, and he lowered his sugar, starch and saturated fat intake.
William didn't cut carbs completely from his diet, and he didn't increase his fat intake either, which is what the keto diet does, or very nearly does, I think keto is closer to a no carb / high fat diet than a low carb / high fat diet. (Keto is known in South Africa as Banting, see FAQ's for more on that)
As I said further up, it was William's sustainable 4 meals a day, carbs included diet that I've now modernised to effectively and effortlessly lose between 1.5 and 2.5kg (3.5 and 5.5lb) each month, how William lost his excess weight.
Banting for Prevention
Where William's weight struggle started for him in his 30's and went on for the next 30 years, mine started as a kid and went on for around 30 years too.
My weight has gone up and down most of my life, (usually depending on the amount of sport and physical fitness I've been doing) but this time it's different, and it's all as a result of figuring out William's sustainable 4 meals a day (carbs included) Banting diet system.
I'm writing a follow up book to William's book, it's called Banting for Prevention, anyone will be able to download it for free right here in the next few months.
I mentioned further up William wrote a fourth edition of Letter on Corpulence, 5 years after releasing his third edition, click here to read William's Preface, it's the only change he made from the third edition, he gives a very detailed summary of the previous 5 years, proving the sustainability of his new 4 meals a day (carbs included) dietary system.
If you're just starting to learn more about William's diet, what I suggest you do is download and read my simplified version of his third edition first, even if it's just my underlined comments and paragraphs, it's a great place to start, click here.