Poor Prof Tim Noakes

I really am starting to really feel sorry for Prof Tim Noakes.  

What started as him innocently discovering the nutritional answer to his own weight and health issues has escalated in a waging war!

I can’t help but wonder if it has all just gone beyond his control and now there’s just no turning back for him?

I am personally on a “semi-Banting” diet and it’s working.  However, I’ve adapted it to suit myself and I’m certainly not in ketosis.  I have great admiration and respect for the Prof for making us think twice about what we eat and leading us to curb our processed carbs and sugars.  I also agree that there are more good fats (and that they are beneficial!) then what we were previously led to believe.  I have introduced copious amounts of eggs and moderately more avo’s into my diet.  I also use butter now in stead of margarine and I now hardly ever eat bread (used to eat 2 salmies a day!)

Everyone is quoting Tim Noakes but everyone is also doing their own thing.  Many are eating way to much protein - which is NOT what he advocates and others are just raking in the fats and NOT being led by hunger.

Why I feel sorry for him though is that he has always been an esteemed Prof at UCT and is probably very close to retirement.  He could gave gone peacefully as a sports science hero.  Now he is being fed to the wolves by his own peers and establishment and there will be no glory for him at his departure.

His recent tweet regarding vaccines and autism…..that is such a bad can of worms to have opened!  I suspect he was just trying to make a point regarding bad science but he chose the most controversial topic ever!  Now he is being even more slain…..and I must say I am a big pro-vaccinator.  it has taken years to almost overcome the autism fears.  No one needs for us to go five steps back on that one.  

All in all though, his reputation in academic circles may be questionable now but one thing is certain…. Prof Tim Noakes will retire as a household name!!

luckyluke 2014-08-26 09:00:51 AM
My wife and I started banting 2 weeks ago. We were curious and the logic behind the eating-style struck a cord. we are enjoying it, have lost some weight and feeling good so far. We will evaluate as we go along, as most reasonable people would. On the flip-side, how many people and "professionals" punt the low fat, slimmer's products that have been modified and yet are pumped full of sugar and have absolutely zero impact on the majority weight-loss-wise? Plenty. These products are punted as the "saviour" but are a con, promulgated and marketed to supposedly guarantee weight-loss - bollocks! And, how proven are they in the long term? We are brainwashed to eat these products and now cannot see the fat for the trees! Each to their own!
Burger Visser 2014-08-26 09:39:51 AM
Discussions on diets gets as much attention as that of religion. Think it is because it is the nature of man to understand his body and spirit in order to get the best mileage on earth and thereafter. I'm going for 50 and the advice I can say worked for me is to maintain a balance. Do not overdo and burn what you take in. Our body is made to function in that way. The majority of people knows what not to put in their body. This advice came from my mother and I'm living a good live without spending money and time on diets and books.
Malcolm MacLeod 2014-08-26 09:54:24 AM
He is deliberately saying controversial things to make himself a 'celebrity' and getting exactly what he wanted. Why would you feel sorry for someone when they are the cause of what is happening?
No Ohno 2014-08-26 10:53:40 AM
Can't disagree with you more. For decades the Prof preached one thing, made tons of money, sold books seminars everything, and then one day he says sorry, he is wrong about it all, he now has the answer. I think the prof income was dwinling and he needed new income. If he was wrong in the past, how does he know he is not wrong now. I totally ignore the diet debate, it is a pot of nonsense. Billions are made by gullable public grasping everything all these experts preach. Nonsense, everyong obviously know eat fruit, verg, drink in moderation, don't smoke, don't overeat, exercise, and you are ok. All that, and I did not even charge you for it. Feeling sorry for Tim Noakes, what a crock, really !
Lisa Dawson 2014-08-26 11:13:12 AM
to bant or not to bant- that is the question..
Adriaan Windt 2014-09-01 05:19:33 PM
I have known Prof Noakes for 30 years (since being his student in 1985). He is not looking for sympathy. He has challenged the scientific community since the 1980s. He always advocates that research starts with a challenging question. Then you look for answers through objective research. You accept the outcome, even if the outcome is not what you expected (based upon current knowledge). Modern research often starts with an answer (often defined by a party of interest funding the research), then try to find proof to back it up. Prof Noakes never had any sympathy for this approach. In the 1980s he challenged the safety of the rugby scrum, did research on the forces in the scrum and suggested rule changes. Prof Danie Craven ("rugby evangelist") had a "research fit" and made the comment "what do you know, you are from UCT" (Craven was at Stellenbosch University).I challenge you to do a bit of reading on the rugby scrum rules of the 1980s and today. Are they dominated by the Craven ideas, or the Noakes research of the 1980s? Prof Noakes has challenged the scientific community at every level (including the American College of Sports Medicine)for a few decades. What has changed is that because of the media, including the social media,his challenges are now very public. If he makes you think and ask questions, then he has achieved his goal. He has been true to that for over 30 years. Don't expect him to change after a so-called "retirement".