I said regarding the 5:2 diet "Trust me, that will not work for most. Eating 'normally' is what got most people into the diabetes club in the first place, so that will never work. If I had continued to eat 'normally' for five days and starved myself for two days, after my diabetes diagnosis, I know I would have run dangerously high blood glucose numbers for five days of the week and seen a slight improvement in BG on the two days I starved. This would still apply to this day, if I had used the 5:2 diet"
Roll on to Tuesday in the Mail, and Michael is talking a totally different ball game, he is talking a strict low carb diet and 800 calories per day, every day for eight weeks. It is my opinion the average person does not have to go that low on the calorie count. I used around 1200 calories a day for my first 12 weeks of low carbing, using 30 grams of carb per day. When I reached the required weight and non diabetic blood glucose numbers, I returned to approximately 2500 calories per day. My weight has remained stable and seven years on, blood glucose numbers still non diabetic. Diabetes medication unchanged a 2 x 500 Metformin per day.
So, eating "normally" for five days a week appears to have gone out of the window, we are now talking strict low carb, probably less than my 50 carbs per day. But as with the Newcastle diet, what happens at the end of eight weeks? It is my opinion the participants will have to stay on a low carb diet permanently to maintain the excellent improvements most will make.