Frequently Asked Questions
Your questions answered here:
The BSD program has had great success in Australia where it has been running for the past year. We have received a huge demand from the UK for the program and thus the recent change in pricing to pounds.
Our comprehensive program has been designed to help you and your partner achieve significant life-long health benefits in a matter of months and we are thrilled that so many UK and Australian members have been able to share in the diet and forums with success.
1. Standard Package*
Support Forum as well as weekly contact and support from our team, including 8 BSD-approved menus, recipes and shopping lists:
Price in pounds: £149 for 12 week program.
* The EarlyBird Sale price is £99 pounds for the full 12-week program. That’s around £8 per week! For our Australian friends, this equates to approximately $13AUD per week!
2. Medical tests – DEXA Scan
Includes arranging tests, interpreting results and providing you with a copy of the test results relevant to you. Prices are dependent upon location and test. Please click the getting tested link to make your request.
The program goes for twelve consecutive weeks and you will have full access to the private forum throughout this time. Please review the section, “What you can expect from this program” (above) for more information on the structure of the program.
The Blood Sugar Diet is founded on the principles of the Mediterranean diet. There is a heavy emphasis on fruit, vegetables, oily fish, nuts and olive oil. Throughout the program there are plenty of meal suggestions that include chicken as your primary meat source however, there are also small amounts of steak, lamb and pork.
Well that depends what your usual exercise is! For those not doing much exercise at all then rest assured that our recommendations will not leave you tired or hungry. It should improve your mood and make the diet easier. You will start by standing up more and increasing the amount you walk. You will also start resistance and strength-building exercises. And finally you will be introduced to a cardio program that will significantly improve your aerobic fitness, the strength of your heart and lungs. It is only required a few minutes a week.
Whilst exercise is always encouraged the calorific decrease recommended by the diet can make exercise very difficult, particularly at the beginning of the diet. The amount of exercise people usually do and can do on the diet will vary greatly between individuals.
Our recipes are designed for your success! Being aware of what you are eating is a critical strategy for taking responsibility for your health and as such you are encouraged to prepare your own food as much as possible. There are a variety of options that suit both the keen cook and the novice.
No, you don’t have to give up any of these whilst on the diet although, obviously, we would certainly advise everyone to stop smoking as soon as possible, irrespective of their blood sugars.
Coffee and alcohol are still allowed on the diet although the calories in both of these drinks needs to be included in the daily calorie limit and alcohol is highly calorific. For instance a pint of beer or large glass of wine contain 180 calories so really best avoided or keep to the very minimum.
You SHOULD NOT do a low calorie / fasting diet if you are:
- Underweight and/or have a history of an eating disorder
- Under 18 years of age
- Diagnosed with a significant psychiatric disorder
- Frail or recovering from surgery
- Under active investigation or treatment or have a significant medical condition affecting ability to comply with diet and / or
- On certain medications
- A Type 1 diabetic
- Unwell or have a fever
You should also confirm with your doctor that you really are a type 2 diabetic as there are other rarer forms of diabetes that will not respond in the same way to weight loss.
Use CAUTION doing a low calorie / fasting diet & DISCUSS WITH DOCTOR if any of the following apply:
- On insulin – detailed assessment & education by health professional to plan a suitable reduction in medication/insulin to avoid a drop in blood sugar.
- Type 1 diabetics and those who have other, rarer forms of the disease, like pancreatic or monogenic diabetes will not respond in the same way to weight loss.
- Those who are frail or have a significant underlying medical condition should speak to their doctor first, as they would before embarking on any weight-loss regime.
- If you have type 2 diabetes and are on medication, then we would advise you to speak to your doctor before starting as it will be necessary to adjust your medication.
- If you are on blood pressure medication this may need to be reduced.
- If you are on diabetic medication with hypoglycaemia unawareness, so you cannot tell if you have a ‘hypo’ when your sugar level drops.
- If you have moderate or severe retinopathy you will need extra screening within 6 months (as retinopathy can sometimes get worse when blood sugar improves).
- Those with a significant psychiatric history in the past.
- People taking particular medications eg Warfarin.
- People with epilepsy (though there is some evidence that diet can improve epilepsy).
- Discuss other medications with doctor first.
- Pregnancy. Clearly avoiding fasting/low calorie diets is wise, however if there is a risk of (or previous history of) Gestational diabetes, The Blood Sugar Way of Life might be a suitable alternative.
Please read this handout (pdf) for additional information.
Other medical conditions will not necessarily stop you doing the program and indeed, going on the program may well actually be of benefit in treating those conditions. It is very dependent upon the medical condition suffered and that is why we encourage ALL patients planning to enter the program and go on the diet to speak to their usual doctor before starting the diet.
Our doctors and support staff have experience in this diet as well as implementing changes in the context of other medical conditions. We are therefore all very prepared to support you, your partner and indeed your usual treating doctor in achieving success in beating your blood sugar however, our aim is to work as part of the team and not to replace your usual supervising doctor.
This program includes educational content that is designed to build upon itself. What’s more, creating the momentum from your efforts each consecutive week is what will achieve results. We are unable to “pause” your program once your cohort has begun.
- Forums are private and are for use only by paid members of the cohort.
- Your privacy is important to us and as such we aim to protect this information. We recommend you do not disclose any personal information eg. date of birth or personal address.
- We further recommend you choose a Forum name that will protect your anonymity but you can clearly identify for yourself.
- Members are encouraged to provide your personal statistics including height, weight, waist circumference and blood results such that your cohort colleagues can share in and support your progress. Sharing this information is optional.
- Members are welcome to post as often or as little as they like. Discussion regarding any aspect of the diet, hints, tips, recipes are encouraged to support members of the forum.
- Comments made by supporting doctors and advisors are general in nature. Specific details about drug dosing and medical conditions will not be provided directly on the forum. Individual medical advice including details about medication and dosing can be supported by direct, individual “consults” with a Doctor as part of the 12 week on line support program outside of the forum, or by your usual GP.
- Doctors and trained BSD advisors will monitor the forum regularly.
- We will not tolerate any forum comments that are in any way abusive, aggressive or derogatory . Any such postings will be removed immediately and the user’s account closed with no recourse for refund of fee paid.
- Importantly, everyone involved in this program including all BSD medical team supporting the site are determined to help you achieve your blood sugar and health goals.