#32 Prof. Tim Noakes – Low-Carb, High-Fat & The Tweet That Nearly Ruined His Career

Professor Tim Noakes, one of the most well known and well-respected South Africans in the global medical scientific community, challenged the current dietary guidelines and faced extreme opposition that led to a 4 year court battle.


Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 19,000 times in scientific literature and has an H-index of 71. He has won numerous awards over the years and made himself available on many editorial boards.


In this episode, you’ll hear from him and why he went from decades of promoting high carb diet for athletes to a Low Carb/High Fat diet, both risking his career and legacy. 


We dive right into the tweet that nearly had his career destroyed and the court battle that changed history forever. The conversion only fires up from there.


Nutrition is Prof Noakes #1 focus, and he explains why sugar and carbs will destroy our cells, pancreas, liver, and lives. We DO NOT need Fruits and Vegetables…WHAT??


After losing his father to type 2 diabetes, and then realizing he was on the same path, Prof Noakes began a mission to reverse his own and explains how you can also reverse diabetes in just 7 days. 


We can kick our body into a fat burning machine within 24 hours – but you must adhere to a very specific carbohydrate point or you will NEVER get there.


We even discuss the hot topic of COVID-19 and what factor is truly killing people: inflammation.


Prof Noakes studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science. He is now an Emeritus Professor at UCT, following his retirement from the Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. In 1995 he was a co-founder of the now prestigious Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of SA (NRF) for a third 5-year term. In 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”.


He has authored many books and is the best selling author of The Lore of Running – which became known as the runners bible. Following the publication of the best-selling book, The Real Meal Revolution, he founded The Noakes Foundation, the focus of which is to raise funding to support high quality research of the eating plan described in the book.

He is now the co-founder and Chief Medical Director of the Nutrition Network and devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate high fat diet, especially for those with insulin resistance, and on raising funds for Eat Better South Africa! and research through The Noakes Foundation. He is highly acclaimed in his field and, at age 71, is still physically active, taking part in races up to 21kms.


Prof Tim Noakes is both scientifically sound and an amazing conversationalist. His humor and fun allow for an upbeat, enjoyable podcast.


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