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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Our comprehensive programme is based on the latest science and takes an evidence-based approach to healthy living focusing on nutrition, behavioural change and sustainable lifestyle. It includes:

    • 8 weeks of exclusive 800 calorie meal plans including recipes and shopping lists.
    • Healthy living education.
    • Access to health professionals across the globe for general advice and feedback.
    • A private member forum offering a 24-hour community of support and accountability.
    • Support tools for liaising with your usual treating doctor.

    The full cost of the 12-week programme is £149.00.

    For certain specified periods we offer an EarlyBird discount when the cost of the full programme is £99.00.

    To find out how much this equates to in your local currency, please use a currency conversion calculator, like this one.

    Yes, you can. You will note that we have integrated a PayPal payment processor. At first glance it can appear that it will only accept payments via a PayPal account however, it has been enabled to take a payment either via a PayPal account OR via a credit card. Proceed to the checkout and enter your credit card details, as you would with any payment processor.

    If you have had a PayPal account in the past, PayPal will notice this by your email address and will encourage you to choose to pay utilising your account. If you would prefer not to use your PayPal then please ensure that you are logged out of any PayPal account you may have opened in the past and choose “No, thanks” when it asks if you would like to use your account.

    There is really no definitive answer to this question as everyone participating in the programme is different in so many ways (weights, sugars, exercise, medications, ages etc.). Having said that, the core objectives of this program are to:

    1. Lose weight
    2. Reduce blood sugars

    The programme not only helps making food choices easier but it does provide that critical support through the forum where colleagues can support each other and members can ask questions of our health professionals which include sports scientists, nurse practitioners, doctors and health coaches.

    Please note if you have certain medical conditions, are pregnant, breastfeeding or underweight, you should not do the diet. Please see ‘Is there any reason I should not do this diet’ for further information.

    Results will vary across individuals however, common benefits experienced by past members include:

    • Improved blood sugar levels
    • Reduced visceral fat
    • Reduced body fat percentage
    • Weight loss
    • Improved blood pressure
    • Improved blood lipid levels
    • Reduced stress levels
    • Increased energy
    • Improvement in sleep
    • Feeling generally happier and healthier

    Most importantly, we like to think of the Blood Sugar Diet online programme as a plan for life. Our aim is to put you back in control so that when you finish the programme you can continue to make healthy, sustainable choices. Members often comment that the information provided in the online programme is invaluable and can easily be incorporated into everyday life.

    Undertaking the BSD as a vegetarian or a pescatarian is tricky, but not impossible. The BSD is based on the principles of a Mediterranean-style diet and as such, an important facet is to minimise the use of packaged products. We have a strong focus on fresh foods in as close to their natural state as possible and incorporating a variety of protein sources.

    There are many vegetarian recipes in our catalogue however, it must be noted that at this stage our menus and shopping lists are not specifically tailored for vegetarians or pescatarians. This does not mean that you couldn’t do the program but it would mean some personal effort in replacing those recipes on the menu that are not suitable for you, choosing alternative recipes from our catalogue and updating your shopping list.

    Unfortunately, the BSD is less suitable for vegans and would take considerable effort to tailor it to suit this lifestyle choice.

    Many people who have coeliacs disease/ a gluten intolerance have successfully completed the BSD online programme.

    The great majority of the recipes are gluten free and any recipes that do contain gluten can be easily modified to become gluten free. Our team on the forum will be able to help with any questions in relation to substitutions.

    There have been many people with certain allergies successfully complete the BSD.

    The forum moderators are here to help with suggestions, in addition to our general recommendations to allergies to certain nuts, dairy, gluten, seafood, eggs. We do however recommend that you join the programme prepared to invest in planning to ensure that modifications are achievable and a calorie-counting app will help to ensure that you are replacing ingredients of a similar nature and calorie value.

    If you have concerns about a specific allergy please email your question to: info@healthlabaustralia.com

    Not at all!

    We have had so many past members comment on the simplicity and deliciousness of the recipes.

    The recipes are designed for your success; there are a variety of options that suit both the keen cook and the novice.

    Yes, you can!

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    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 (noting that alcohol is highly calorific). A pint of beer or large glass of wine contains 180 calories, so really best avoided or keep to the very minimum. The good news is that red wine is included in the Mediterranean Style diet, so once you finish the programme and move onto ‘the maintenance’ stage you will be able to introduce alcoholic drinks back into your diet (we go over this in more detail in the programme).

    Black coffee and tea are fine although you will need to include any milks in your daily calorie count.

    Your ability to exercise will vary depending on your current exercise regime/fitness level. To lose weight, burn off fat and in turn decrease sugar levels it is the diet that is paramount. Most people find that over-exercising in the first few weeks is a real challenge – obviously it gets easier as the weight starts to come off. We recommend regular light exercise such as walking and increasing as you begin to get through the hunger cravings throughout the program. If you do want to push harder, go for it, but remember that sticking to the 800 calories is the most important thing.

    The BSD is a 12-week online programme and is suitable for members anywhere in the world as long as they have stable WiFi access. The online programme is run by a global, virtual team with practitioners / operators in the UK as well as Australia.  www.thebloodsugardiet.com.au is the only url offering the official Blood Sugar Diet 12-week online programme and this url is the same for members accessing from anywhere in the world.

    We have had members complete the programme successfully from the UK and Australia as well as the USA, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

    For more information on the tests to consider please read our “Getting Tested” page.

    We are very aware that some of these tests are not readily available in all countries thus please note that the tests and scans we have suggested are primarily for the purposes of measuring your progress; they are not compulsory.

    As a minimum we do encourage you to keep a close eye on your own blood sugar readings as well as keeping basic measurements, such as your waist circumference.

    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
    • Breastfeeding
    • 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 (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.)
    • Unwell or have a fever

    You should also confirm with your doctor that you really are a type 2 diabetic or have prediabetes 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 potentially dangerous drop in blood sugar (Hypo).
    • Those who are frail, under active investigation or treatment 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 may be necessary to adjust your medication as it may need to re reduced or stopped to avoid potentially dangerous ‘hypos’ (low blood sugar).
    • 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 are on blood pressure medication this may need to be reduced.
    • People taking particular medications eg Warfarin. Discuss other medications with doctor first.
    • 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 e.g. 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 article for important additional information.

    The BSD online programme is a 12 week plan and as such is not a lifetime membership, as stated in our Terms and Conditions 3.1 (e). Your programme end date is noted in your “Week One: Orientation” email.

    During Week 11 of the programme, we provide links on the Programme Home Page to all our handouts, menus, recipes and shopping lists so that you can easily download and save the content in a suitable medium for your future reference.

    Additionally, your Programme Home page remains open for at least two weeks after the official end date of the programme, providing a grace period for people who start the plan later than the rest of their cohort.

    Please note that the forum will not be monitored by our health professionals after the programme end date.

    • 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.