The 8 week blood sugar diet programme (BSD)
I am a 44 year old personal trainer based in Bristol UK. I have started the Blood Sugar diet for several reasons. Professionally, I want to offer my clients the plan so I feel walking the walk is very important. Personally, I want to combat my own middle age spread and slightly raised blood sugar and cholesterol levels. After careful research I believe the Blood Sugar diet is my best option.
The Blood Sugar Diet (BSD) is based on more than ten years of research carried out, by amongst others, scientists at Newcastle University in the UK. It is the first diet that in clinical trials has been shown to improve, even reverse, most cases of type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. It is all about getting rid of tummy fat and keeping it off.
Each of us is different and no one diet is going to work for everyone, so this is not a single diet, but a set of options.
The Blood Sugar Diet is based on eating a low carbohydrate Mediterranean style diet. This contains few refined, starchy carbohydrates (because these convert rapidly to sugar in your blood), lots of green and coloured vegetables, plenty of protein and, you may be pleased to hear, it also includes moderate amounts of healthy fats such as olive oil and even some dairy products such as full fat unsweetened yoghurt to keep you feeling full for longer.
Results from the first 2 weeks
When you start on this eating plan you stop eating away from the house. Why? Because you quickly find out most available food has added sugar in it. Our everyday environment is basically filled with processed added sugar rubbish. Most shops are trying to sell you chocolate bars or processed convenience food now days, for example buying a book the other days I was asked if I want to buy a chocolate bar with my book.
I have noticed the availability of natural foods is fairly rare out and about. The government comes out with some BS about personal responsibility for food choices. When healthy food is over 3 times more expensive the unhealthy options you are creating a skewed unhealthy environment. It’s all about choice architecture the government simply has to tax high sugar processed foods and subsidise fresh whole foods.
I haven’t had any sugar cravings just a general hunger during the boring parts of the day or towards the end of the gaps between meals. My energy levels peak during and after exercise especially after teaching Spin.
Going food shopping at a supermarket has been tough. We are visual beings, so surrounding yourself with mountains of food ramps up your stomach juices which makes you feel like crap. I recommend online shopping to bypass this problem.
I have found through experience with clients routine is the key to success with training and nutrition. Keep to you diet plan don’t have grey areas be black and white. Those little meal slips will increase in frequency as the time goes on and before you know it you will be back were you started.