The 8 week Blood Sugar Diet – Just 800 calories a day – Week 8 – The Before & After Photos & What’s Next?

On the 16th July 2016, I started the 8 week Blood Sugar diet that is just 800 calories per day. I completed week 8 on Saturday 10th September 2016. At week 8, I now move to the 5:2 Blood Sugar Diet. This is 5 days no calorie counting but still Mediterranean style food and then any 2 days at 800 calories.

After 8 weeks I am a new person already. See results further down. I look so different from the start just 8 weeks ago. Has it been easy? Yes and no. Some days it was really hard to focus on the job at hand, and other days it was a breeze. But ultimately I have done it, I ate 800 calories a day for 8 weeks.


The bottom left shot is me before I started the 8 week blood sugar diet. And the other two are my new frame and size after completing the 8 week blood sugar diet. The top left shot highlights how loose my t-shirt is which 8 weeks ago would have been stretched to the limit.

Just to re-iterate there is no secret to this diet. 800 calories may seem low, but remember it is only for a short time. You must think positive and be in the right frame of mind. Phrase the journey in your head as it is only “8 weeks of my life” and “this is such a small amount of time in reality and in 8 weeks I could fix so much because of the diet.” Make sure you have plenty of support. And really important, plan like hell your meals for the next week(s) along with all the ingredients you need and make sure each day has the correct balance of nutrition needed.

My breakfasts over the 8 weeks started as a healthy shake and then I moved to egg on low carb toast. I used my Andrew James Egg boiler to make perfect eggs every morning.


I still have soup for lunch, and they always taste great due to my Andrew James soup maker.


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.

Feedback. Thanks again for all the positive feedback received during the 8 weeks. And for those who said it was impossible to do, I have this to say. “You were wrong”.

I cannot believe how many Type 2 diabetic people I have met who have reversed their condition because of this diet or reduced high blood sugars and or lost a lot of weight 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 all the photos I took of all my meals. Look good don’t they!

So how did week 8 go in terms of weight, blood sugar levels and more ? Below are the measurements from Saturday 10th September 2016.

Here we go – 

– Weight – lost 1 lbs this weekOverall weight loss – 2 stone 4lbs. In just 8 weeks I have lost over 2 stone. . Start weight was 21st 10lbs, current weight 19st 6lbs.

– Waist – Overall in 7 weeks I have lost 4.5 inches.

– Neck – Lost 3 inches overall since start of plan

– Blood Sugar levels – Continued to read at normal levels.

– Blood Pressure – My blood pressure is normal again. My pulse is normal

– Body Water Percentage – now increased by 1.5% since the start of the diet.

As a consequence, my BMI and body fat has also dropped.

Finally I would like to say thank you again to everybody who wished me good luck. It really helped keep my motivation up!

So now my journey moves to the 5:2 Blood Sugar Diet plan. I will now try and lose 7 stone. Wish my luck!

Useful Links (Amazon)

The 8 Week Blood Sugar Book – by Dr M Mosley
The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book
The Essential Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book
Fast Exercise – Dr M Mosley
Andrew James Soup Maker – 7 in 1 – soups, smoothies, ice crusher and more
Andrew James Egg Boiler (I use this for my eggs, see photo at top)
FitBit Trackers
A wide choice of digital weighing scales

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.


22 thoughts on “The 8 week Blood Sugar Diet – Just 800 calories a day – Week 8 – The Before & After Photos & What’s Next?

  1. Nothing but admiration for you. I can’t get a handle on my diabetes or diet at moment and the Xultophy I’m injecting is not helping. DOn;t think I could mange on 800 calories a day.


    1. Hi Keith, 800 calories on paper does seem low. But remember its the mix and balance of food types that helps 800 become ok. First 2 days are difficult. Also you can do the less tricky 5:2 Blood Sugar Diet. Whichever or whatever you decide, good luck.


  2. Well done Gavin, we knew you could do it! There’s such a noticable difference in your body, but especially your face! Onwards and downwards now!

    Keith, it’s all about your mindset. What’s that old saying, ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right’. And unfortunately, if you think you can’t then… you won’t.

    It can be done, everything Gavin is saying is true, people have reversed their diabetes. People have lost ridiculous amounts of weight in a short time. Come off all manner of medication. I’ve lost 3 stone in 13 weeks myself. If you eat the right foods, you’ll be surprised at how far you can stretch 800 calories. If you eat the right foods, you won’t be wanting much more than that.

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  3. Brilliant achievement on the BSD800 Gavin!! Such a great start…Good luck on the transition to 5:2. Remember your BSD buddies are still travelling with you – keep us posted.

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  4. Brilliant Gavin – well done, that’s fantastic
    you need to treat yourself to the Bento egg mould gadget now! – perfect to complement the egg boiler!


  5. Amazing achievement. You’ve inspired me. I read the book and have gone low carb for the last 5 weeks. I’m nearly a stone down. The best bit though is that my blood pressure has dropped dramatically into the normal range. It’s been high for about two years and I tried two different blood pressure tablets which didn’t work and made me feel awful. Can’t believe this has worked so well. You may have helped prevent me from having a heart attack! So a big thank you. 😀

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  6. Amazing results. Well done. Very motivating (just look at Graham). The photos of the dishes you ate are a brilliant idea – just goes to show how good this diet can be and yet more inspiration.

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