Diet gurus plan joint TV show

(This article was published on 7 May 2016 in the Weekend Argus, a weekly newspaper published by Independent Media in Cape Town, Western Cape province.)

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

Diet gurus Patrick Holford and Tim Noakes plan to star alongside each other in a reality TV show comparing the results of their eating plans.

The show will be filmed in Cape Town later this year and locals will have a chance to appear in the show.


EATING EXPERT: UK-based health guru Patrick Holford plans to film a reality TV show in Cape Town featuring locals who want to kick certain food addictions. Picture Yazeed Kamaldien

Participants will have to stick to either UK-based Holford’s low sugar diet or the Banting eating plan without pasta, rice, bread and potatoes that Noakes promotes. They will have to overcome certain food addictions too.

The show has a working title, My Food Addiction, and UK-based TV chef Jamie Oliver could also make an appearance.

“If he’s in the show, he would talk about the effects of a low-sugar diet and community projects where people are learning to cook. A lot of people have never cooked their own food,” said Holford.

“We have to go back to the basics. We are making ourselves sick. We are digging our own graves with a knife and fork.”

Holford and Noakes meanwhile plan to host talks about their diets in the city next week.

Holford, a regular TV show host in the UK, will on Monday hold two health seminars at the V&A Waterfront to “show you a simple way to get 100% motivated to reclaim your energy, shift that weight, reduce stress”.

Holford said his diet does not prohibit anything but merely cuts down on certain types of sugar. He said anyone who follows his diet could still “eat a wide range of delicious foods and still lose weight”.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille has also called on Holford to talk at a city-organised event on Sunday. He will share his research about the health benefits and effects of lowering one’s sugar intake.

“We are hooked on sugar. It leads to obesity and people are of that. We need to talk about sustainable eating,” said Holford.

And while Noakes has been criticised for resuscitating the 19th century diet of British coffin-maker William Banting, he remains steadfast on his path to cut out carbohyadrates.

On Tuesday, Noakes will “challenge beliefs of carbohydrates in our diet and in particular in the diet of children” during a talk at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory.

Noakes says he has the cure for obesity, which is to “reduce the consumption of highly addictive, carbohydrate-rich foods”.

“The diet debate is critical for South Africa because it is my contention that a healthy population cannot be developed if our children are exposed to high carbohydrate diets from an increasingly young age,” says Noakes.

“The optimum development of the brain at all ages requires diets that are high in protein, and especially fat, and low in refined carbohydrates.”

Details of Holford’s talk are on



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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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