The Real Meal Revolution (published October 2013) by author Tim Noakes, is a controversial new book that has created quite a stir in both the medical and scientific academic communities. The Real Meal Revolution is a biologically-conscious method of eating completely contrary to any present-day concepts and doctrines about proper diet. If you are someone who is frustrated with the results received, such as continued weight gain, from a diet that is high in grains and cereals and low in fats and cholesterol, this book could be a must read.
The author Professor Noakes, a Doctor of Science specializing in exercise physiology, surmises that the current ideas Americans have about diet, specifically the 1977 U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines, which for example promote the consumption of 8 to 11 servings of grains and cereals per day while limiting the amount of meat and eggs in the diet, are actually harmful to the health. His assertion is that many who follow these guidelines are in fact worsening their current health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, because they are in fact carbohydrate-intolerant. Further, the body’s reaction as a result of the very high carbohydrate consumption is that insulin levels are increased which then turn to fat. The raised insulin levels (as well as glucose) then overstimulate the brain, causing many other unwanted outcomes like increased appetite and cravings.
The Real Meal Revolution includes recipes based on the Banting diet which consist of large amounts of meat, liver, and eggs, and documents the very positive results of those who have tried the diet, including increased energy, weight loss, and decreased illness. Tim Noakes recommends that readers first try the diet so that they can observe the many benefits for themselves.