800 calorie blood sugar diet - End of Week 8 - Final Results
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Can I be clear here, I am not recommending this diet I am just trying it and reporting on how I get on. My doctor is fully in agreement with me doing this as my 3 monthly results were excellent. I will also monitor myself regularly. If you want to follow such a strict diet you should talk to your doctor. Also my husband is going to keep a close eye on me for any signs of hypo. If you want to know more detail please read my blog '800 calorie blood sugar diet - Day 1' where I go into a bit of detail about it. The diet plan is for 8 weeks.
Start blood glucose - 190 (10.5) Start weight - 12 st 6.5 lbs or 79.2 kg Insulin 37 units
End of week 8
Now weigh - 75.2 kg or 11 st ll.5 lbs - Total loss 9 lbs
Official HBA1c 6.6 (was 8.1)
Cholesterol down to 3.7 from 4.1
Triglycerides down to 1.21 from 1.50
Insulin 26 units (down from 37 units)
Medication, reduced Glyclzide from 90 mg to 60 mg
When I started this I set myself 2 main goals.
Number 1 to reduce my HBA1c from 8.1 to 7.0. It is now 6.6.
Daily home testing results were 190 wanted to get to 120 - now down to 90 or 95.
Weight: wanted to lose 3 kg and have lost 4 kg.
My thoughts about this diet is that it is do-able but you have to be determined and stick to it. I have only felt hungry on the first 3 or 4 days whilst my body got used to the 800 calories. It can only work if you are prepared to put effort into making interesting and nutritious meals because, if you try to do 800 calories of boring salad type meals you are going to be disheartened. Preparation is key on this diet.
My conclusion is that it has worked for me. I have not lost masses of weight but I have gone past my 8 week goal. The most important thing is that my blood test have shown a big improvement in my health with every marker coming down into normal levels. I feel and look better because of the weight loss but also because I am not upset day in day out at my blood glucose readings. I am confident that this improvement will continue as I go ahead for a further 8 weeks. I am not ready to shift to the maintenance plan. I have had diabetes for 11 years, so a few more weeks are not too much to ask of myself.
I still think I have a long way to go in reversing my diabetes although some people who are either pre-diabetic or recently diagnosed (3 to 4 years) have seen their blood glucose come back to normal using the glucose test (there is a proper name). That is when you do a pre-meal finger prick test, drink a glucose solution then do another finger prick 2 hours later. If your b/g has returned to the level it was on the first test within that time your body is behaving as a non-diabetics would. I have not done this test as I am not there yet and have every intention of staying on this diet, at this strict 800 calorie level, for the foreseeable future.
I am setting myself new goals when I have had time to think about it and when my family have gone home, they are here on holiday. In the meantime, I will enjoy some family time whilst sticking to the principles of the plan (I no longer call it a diet) but allowing a little leeway just because I am human.
I am now more than happy to recommend this diet with the proviso that you do your research, talk to your doctor and take good care of yourselves.