On the 16th July 2016, I started the 8 week Blood Sugar diet that is just 800 calories per day. I completed week 3 on Saturday 6th August 2016. Once again it has been a week of highs and lows.
The lows. Not too many this week, but I have had a few moments when I felt really hungry and my next meal wasn’t for a few hours. So I drank water, sometimes had a black coffee too. After 15 to 20 mins the hunger disappeared.
The highs. My overall wellbeing is so improved. As you will read in a moment, my weight loss after 3 weeks is amazing. My neck and waist is smaller. I am now looking at buying smaller sized clothes and taking my big man’s clothes to a charity shop. I feel fantastic in Week 3. Full of more energy and highly motivated to keep going. Willpower is important and being in the right frame of mind. Somehow I have managed both. I’ll be honest, typing this diary helps keep me motivated. As I mentioned last week, if I fail, you will all know I failed, so I can’t fail, can I! I cannot stress how important all the support across the internet and at home makes to helping me through each day and week. It makes a big difference. My logic at the start was that it was time for action. 8 weeks of my life is such a small amount of time in reality and in 8 weeks I could fix so much because of the diet.
My breakfasts on work days are simply a healthy shake from one of the menus in the Blood Sugar Diet book. One of my kitchen gadgets is an Andrew James soup maker. (More info and Amazon link on the Andrew James Soup maker – Click HERE. ) It also does shakes which makes light work of creating a superb shake each morning. The shake is made from Fage Full Fat Greek Yoghurt, Green Tea, Blueberries (sometimes I use raspberries or blackberries) and flax seeds. It may sound boring having the same breakfast, but I need simplicity during workdays. I normally use my soup maker to produce my soup for lunch, which is placed into a thermos. In addition to the soup, my lunch also consists of a banana or apple, and sometimes if I have enough calories a small cheese cube.
To keep my body going to the loo properly, I have found I need to drink 3 litres of water a day. I was drinking 4 litres, but I now find I can manage on about 3 litres of water. Obviously drinking that amount of water has side effects of needing to pee a lot 🙂
Just as a reminder to help me make this diet work, I am using various gadgets to help me record and monitor accurately my progress. I am also taking selfies along the way. If you want to recap all the items I’m using , read my first post – Click HERE. I also have a dedicated page where all my diet posts are being kept. This can be found using the Menu or Click HERE. . It is worth checking out each week’s posts as I also show a selection of the meals I ate.
I have one other post up today, which is a gallery of a large selection of all the food eaten over the last 3 weeks.
Feedback. Thanks again for all the positive feedback received. All your support is really helping me keep to the plan. I still receive comments that you cannot manage on less than 2,000 calories a day. Well, that’s nonsense. First to understand why you can, read the book. Second, the diet uses food to help keep you feeling full, but also as a method to reset blood sugar levels. The amount of people I have spoken to each week, who have reversed Type 2 diabetes is incredible. I don’t have type 2, but my blood sugar levels were very high and close to being pre diabetic. I am overweight too.
As mentioned before I am using a notebook to plan my week’s food out in advance. I am using many of the of the suggested menus in the Blood Sugar Diet book. Amazon Link to Blood Sugar Diet book – Click HERE.
Below are a selection of my meals from this week, from lunch, breakfast and dinner. These are all from the Blood Sugar Diet book. What amazes me is the fact that full fat items are used in this diet. The full fat helps keeping you feel full and is healthy. Who’d have thought that! Click on any photo to open the gallery to see photo in a larger size. Don’t forget to check out Result Week 1 and Week 2 Posts which has more food photos 🙂 The food photo at the start of this post, was chicken and vegetables. The chicken was coated with chopped almonds, parmesan and basil. You will see below a plate with a few almonds on. One day I had some spare calories, so I weighed and checked the calories and plated just the right amount of almonds I could enjoy that day.
So how did week 3 go in terms of weight, blood sugar levels and more ? Below are the measurements from Saturday 6th August 2016, exactly three weeks after being on the 8 week Blood Sugar Diet.
Here we go –
– Weight – lost 5 lbs this week – Overall weight loss – 1 stone 7lbs. Incredible to have lost 1.5 stone in just 3 weeks!!
– Waist – lost 0.5 inch this week. Overall 3 inches loss on my waist. My overall body shape looks a lot slimmer. My big man’s clothes are going to a charity shop as I am in a smaller size now.
– Neck – 0.5 inches loss this week. 2.5 inches overall since start of plan
– Blood Sugar levels – now at normal levels.
– Blood Pressure – My blood pressure is now just above the normal healthy range. My pulse is lower than last week
– Body Water Percentage – increased by 1% since the start of the diet.
As a consequence, my BMI and body fat has also dropped again.
Finally I would like to say thank you again to everybody who wished me good luck. It really helped keep my motivation up!
So all that remains is to complete the next 5 weeks.
PS – Just to re-iterate I went to my doctor to discuss going on this plan as recommended by the book. My doctor was very supportive and offered a number of ways of helping me at different intervals. In fact, I was surprised just how helpful and supportive my doctor was when I mentioned I wanted to start the 8 week blood sugar diet. When I finish the 8 weeks plan, I will move to the 5:2 diet, which is no calories tracking for 5 days but still on the Mediterranean style food plan, and 2 days at 800 calories.