Heart Health

Updated 13 December 2013

Tim Noakes: what users think

The high-protein, high-fat diet is in the media spotlight again and the debate is heating up around whether this eating plan is healthy or not. This is what our users had to say:


The high-protein, high-fat diet is in the media spotlight again and the debate is heating up around whether this eating plan is healthy or not. This is what our users had to say:

Nick van den Berg: “Mr Noakes is forgetting one BIG important factor, by not taking in any fibre increases your chances for colon cancer.

I was on the same diet as Mr Noakes for about 3 years, and today I suffer with permanent colon disorders. Fibre is very important for a healthy and working digestive system. Grains is very important in the intake of Fibre.

So you will lose weight and run faster but what about your digestive system that is now starved of fibre? It is trying to run an engine without an exhaust.”

Gordon Hart: “A chance remark from a friend led me to a homeopath who after examining me and doing certain tests pronounced that I was wheat (gluten) intolerant. His advice to me was to cut all wheat products out of my diet and encouraged me to eat “good” fat foods such as red meat, butter and mature cheese. Following this advice I managed to lose a trouser size in 6 months. This, despite the fact that my exercising was severely curtailed due to exercise induced asthma which in itself might have been brought about by the wheat intolerance.

I had been put on statins and blood pressure medication after suffering a heart attack but with exercise and despite a protein rich diet my Cholesterol and BP are now at acceptable healthy levels without medication."

Peter Cherry: “Out of shear desperation to lose weight I embarked on the lots of meat/lots of fat/lots of salads and lots of veggies(except any “sweet” veggie) and minimal carbohydrates diet advocated by Tim.

I’d tried everything else including starving myself and exercising to obsession, so I had nothing to lose accept a stack of kilos. In 6 months I’ve lost 27 kg and feel 15 years younger. My cholesterol before I started my new life was at 4.6 while on statins. It went down to 3.2 after 2 months and then down to 2.9 a month after that, at which time my local GP instructed me to go off the statins.

Two months later its back to 4.6 but with much improved ratios. All this on bacon and eggs every morning, chicken and salads at lunchtime and steak and veggies/salads for supper. I am therefore absolutely convinced that in my case cholesterol amounts are not determined by how much meat and fat I consume. I haven’t been reckless about this but have monitored my bloods periodically on 4 occasions during the last half a year. Works for me!”

Magarieta Zondagh: “I thank Tim Noakes for letting us in on this ancient diet. Our family has familial hypercholesterolaemia. I’ve had horrendous side effects on statins and other lipid lowering drugs and none of them could bring my cholesterol down to lower than 8. Without pills it’s 13. This diet, which really isn’t a high protein diet, has brought my cholesterol down to 5.0 for the first time since I was born.

I eat eggs, meat with fat on, oily fish, chicken, duck and goose with lots of greens and other veg. I also lost quite a bit of weight which was unnecessary but it happens on this diet. A bonus is that my asthma has improved and then I read that the lungs need saturated fat to function well. I’m on this for life and it’s pleasant to boot. It’s simple really. My doctor said the numbers don’t lie, so hey – it’s a no-brainer for me. My sons are also now on this diet, as they to have inherited this disease. Our meals are simple and delicious.”

Thomas van der Merwe: “It is high time that someone like Professor Tim Noakes whom has an impeccable track record challenges the “official” view of statins and the function of cholesterol! The lipoprotein (a) very low LDL is the culprit to which statins will ‘not’ have any significant effect at all. This fact has ALSO been “peer reviewed” and should be brought to the attention of all interested parties.

I trust that the “debate” will bring to light all the un-proven medical evidence which are out there for everyone to see.”

Nico Swart: “Thank Heavens we have intellectuals who are able to learn, think and challenge the status quo! Well done Tim ! You have my support, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out there is more to the fat debate. My Dad passed away at age 84, ate butter, ground pork crackling (made it himself) which goes against all modern thinking. I on the other hand willed myself to live super healthy, and doubt if I'll make 84.” 

Have you tried a high-protein diet? Send us your comments to community@health24.com with "Tim Noakes" in the topic line.

(Compiled by Graig-Lee Smith)

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