#fat2fab: Week 27 – Not Everyone Will Be Happy For You.

fat2fabThere is no doubt, there are two categories of people in South Africa – banters and anti-banters. What has utterly astounded me is how aggressive and angry the anti-banters can be. Seriously… if you don’t believe in banting, then don’t try it. No one is holding a gun to your head and saying you have to do it.

From the start of my lchf journey I’ve faced criticism for my choice. People (mostly peeps on SM but IRL too) have made fun of me, they’ve verbally attacked me, they’ve criticized me & I’ve often felt like I’m expected to justify my choice on a daily basis.

It’s getting a bit old now. Get over it already.

Then there are the newbie banters…. who have a million questions but haven’t taken the time to do their own research. Who haven’t read The Real Meal Revolution or Why We Get Fat or The Big Fat Surprise or even Diet Doctors website, guys, do you research, do the reading!

I belong to a number of fabulous Face Book banting support groups that have really helped me too, join them, there are tips and advise and sharing of recipes and information, here are a few of my favourite ones:

Banting For Healthy Living

Banting For Weight Loss

Banting (Tim Noakes Diet)


Banting Buyers Club

My personal Face Book account is being bombarded with friend requests from people I don’t know, nothing personal to you, but I’m not accepting friend requests from people I don’t know.

I’m just astounded by the aggressive manner of the anti-banters and the almost feverish desperation for “my secret” from newbie banters. I don’t have a secret, I did the research, I read the books, I stuck with the basic principles of lchf and figured it out as I went along, it’s trial and error, finding what works for you.

This weekend I hit the 26kg loss mark and people’s reactions to that were quite astounding. Some people were genuinely happy for me, some people questioned whether or not I was even banting because they couldn’t see updates on my Face Book profile (my profile is private, if we’re not friends, you can’t see my posts) some people said I looked slimmer/better in previous updates and actually looked fatter in this one. The anti-banters, pretend like they can’t even see my progress because I guess my acknowledging it, they’d be forced to also acknowledge that it is clearly working for me.

But here it is again, I am so very very proud of my results so far! I still have 16kg’s to go but my body, my mind and my health have under gone an incredible transformation over the last 6 months.

Week 27


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  • Reply Marcelle

    WOW!! What an amazing journey for you. Well done, regardless of how you did it, you look incredible. Maybe sometime you could post what your week’s meals look like, just so the rest of us have an idea of what you are doing 😉

    July 15, 2014 at 9:06 am
    • Reply Sharon

      LOL! You’re funny! I’m so used to being asked that question, I almost answer you!

      July 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply CharlieW

    I really don’t get why people have such an issue?! It clearly works. Look at you… you look and feel amazing. Well done once again! I really think some are just petty and jealous. I am definitely jealous 😉

    July 15, 2014 at 9:16 am
  • Reply twitter_Choffel

    As the internet meme goes… Haters gonna hate 😛

    July 15, 2014 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Lisa

    You have been an inspiration to myself and my husband. We are getting there slowly but surely – also researching things as we go along and learning all the way. You’re a household name with us. So congrats on your achievements – you look incredible! And those of us that have followed your journey thus far, look forward to following it some more 😀

    July 15, 2014 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Been banting for almost a week………thanks for the inspiration Sharon xx

    July 15, 2014 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Bernice Le Roux

    You look really amazing! You are an inspiration! Screw whom ever cannot see how well you are doing!

    July 15, 2014 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Gail

    Jealousy makes you nasty! You are looking fab! My uncle was very overweight and had to lose weight to have a back op. His dietician put him on it a few years back and he is still on it. He is now no longer diabetic. That’s how we got into it last year.

    July 15, 2014 at 9:30 am
  • Reply reluctantmom

    {stands and applauds} well done Sharon — kicking arse and taking names.

    Good luck — really what an achievement.

    July 15, 2014 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Dayle

    Jealousy is a powerful thing. Haters are gonna hate and potatoes are gonna potate!” That’s my view. Your weightloss is your own personal journey. Its something you are doing for yourself. Try and not let anyones rubbish get in your head! You look great!

    July 15, 2014 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Megan

    Well done you! If it works for you, so be it! (Sidenote: Dont you think the word banting is really odd? Like it could be kind of rude? Anyway)

    July 15, 2014 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Wenchy

    Hey! I am now in week 3 and I have been told my kidneys are going to give in. LOL Congrats and keep going!

    July 15, 2014 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Lovely Light

    You look great! Actually you inspired me to try eating this way, unfortunately, I’m breast feeding and don’t want to jeopardize my milk supply. When we wean, I’m definitely going to try going down the same path as you!

    July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Coco

    What weight loss… where… I can not see it … you look the same?? NOT!!!! Well done Sharon, I personally are not sold on banting but it works for you, you look great and you should be proud!! Enjoy every moment and remember jealousy makes people nasty! xxx

    July 15, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Mrs FF

    Think about it this way – some people can’t deal with other people succeeding. That’s their palaver not yours.

    July 15, 2014 at 11:40 am
  • Reply Gaelyn Cokayne

    As you know, I am not a fan of Banting. However, I am a fan of anyone who makes a commitment to their health and lifestyle and sticks with it! If what you are doing works for you and isn’t going to land you in hospital (or a psychiatric ward – anorexia/bulimia) well then I say high fives to you! I know how hard this journey is, and so when someone finds a system that they can stick to – I will always encourage them to follow it, every damn day, until they reach their goal!

    July 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    You look AMAZING!! Don’t believe the haters, let them wallow in their own self loathing.

    July 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Jackie Hayter

    What is this Banting thing? Please email me a meal plan? *ducks and hides*

    July 15, 2014 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Jackie Hayter

    On a serious note – awesome, girl!

    i have been doing it longer than you, and i have lost less. But I am 18kg down, and that’s still good! But i haven’t been as ‘out there’ about it as you, i didn’t tell anybody until they started noticing, and when people ask i generally just say ‘low carb/no sugar, no bread’. So i have had waaaay less exposure to the comments that you have.

    You go! You are an inspiration to those who matter.

    July 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Thanks for all the positive comments everyone, you have no idea how much it encourages me!

    July 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    Ah my friend! I have mocked you and all my banting buddies purely because you lot get rather zealous about your religion, sorry sorry diet, sorry sorry lifestyle! Seriously though! You have worked hard and you are amazing and you look amazing (and so does your husband although as you know I had a crush on him 25kg ago – just saying) and it’s truly awesome to have found something that works for you – you have put in the hard work and maybe it’s because it has all looked so effortless that people are hating? Who knows. I have always admired you for putting your life online (on the line?) and it does invite people to feel like they can comment on everything and anything. There seems to be no filter online these days. But remember back in your infertile days, your IVF days, your adoption days? There were arseholes then and there will be arseholes now. I just hope you don’t count me as one of them just cos I rib (with fat obviously) you lot from time to time 🙂 And ps: you have inspired me to think about running. I am just thinking about it though… :*

    July 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply Deshree

    Wow Sharon, you looking amazing!!! Being following your progress and i am totally impressed by your committment and your knowledge sharing. Please can I ask a stupid question? I want to try it out but how do i begin or even start…….
    thank you and you are STUNNING

    July 17, 2014 at 6:59 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Deshree, please read the books I mentioned in the post & also join the FB groups I’ve highlighted.

      July 18, 2014 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Pandora

    I am not banting myself, I love fruit, all the root vegetables and also Italian food. Let’s not forget fresh bread! For the same reason, I am not a vegetarian, or vegan. I love meat. Should it ever become necessary to give up any of these things due to a health risk for me, I would do it in an instance though. So I choose not to follow these lifestyles, but I have no issue with anyone that does, for whatever reasons. Their reasons are none of my business. I don’t get why I should have an issue.

    When I first tried to fall pregnant, I stopped drinking alcohol for 2 years. I just told people I don’t drink. I was amazed by the amount of negative reactions I got. I can only assume that you need a reason for not drinking other than that you don’t want to, or else people feel you are judging them for their choice. I think it is the same here. Basically, banters are ‘telling’ us we are eating incorrectly. The proof is in the results you and other banters have had. So should I be angry at you for pointing it out, or angry at myself for not listening? Well, it’s easier to be angry at you.
    (I’m not angry, I promise!)

    July 17, 2014 at 9:44 am
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