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    Success Stories

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    I thought I would share how I have gone. I have found the menu plans very helpful. I’ve almost cut out alcohol and the forum support and feedback essential to staying on track. I have continued with my usual 3 – 4 gym visits per week but have added a daily 10,000 steps. I started at 85kg, now I am 74kg.

    I was on 4 prescribed medications. My GP has taken me off 2, including Metformin, and the other 2, for cholesterol and blood pressure have been halved. As of last week my glucose fasting had dropped from 7.7 to 4.9 and my HbA1c has decreased from 6.3 to 5.2.

    This program has been fantastic – thank you to the team and all the community members!

    George*

    Today is the day that I have been told that I have worked hard enough to come off all my medication. I will no longer betaking Metformin and this is one week before my goal date. When I started I was 115.1kg and I was taking Metformin and blood pressure medication. As of today, no more medication. And after a two week plateau I am now down to 102.8kg. This

    is such a great start to my future – I hope this is just the beginning of many positive steps. I am no longer in the morbidly obese category, but I still have a long way to go. Thanks to everyone who has helped me on this journey. Keep up the good work everyone!

    Rachel*

    Having the forum has really been invaluable and the level of support offered by all staff and April 5ers has been amazing

    HbA1c from 49.6 in mid March to 31.5 now, well within normal range! Such an enormous relief. Cholesterol 201 mg/dl, down from 260 last Christmas, almost normal, same with LDL specifically I.e 114. Weight from 75.5 mid March and 71.3 on 17/04 to 61.6 now. Waist 10 cm smaller, bum 8 cm smaller. Clothes from size 16 UK to 12, Activity: from walking 3500 steps a day on average to 7000, often more.. Taking stairs whenever possible. I am intending to increase exercise but haven’t been able to do this much as my energy levels on 800kcal have not been great. I had a dental surgery a couple of weeks ago and still have stitches (coming out tomorrow, hurrah) so mainly on soft food, Med only though. I have not felt deprived, either. Another benefit is that the sense of taste is so much sharper, it’s wonderful. Everything tastes so much more distinctly, so much better. What has really worked for me is the planning, having menus and preparing food in advance for lunches. Once I am off the soft diet I am definitely going to prepare menus and I am so looking forward to trying all the recipes. Having the forum has really been invaluable and the level of support offered by all staff and April 5ers has been amazing. Even though I am very lucky to have a super supportive husband who has been there cooking, eating the same food and encouraging it has been really reassuring to be able to log in and see how other people are doing with our ups and downs all there.

    Babette*

    I am on fire, feel fantastic, clothes fit and people are noticing. I have even noticed the change, just walking passed a shop window seeing my reflection and I think is that really me :0

    About three months prior to joining the online program I brought Michael Mosley’s 8 week BSD book. I went with gusto into the plan, losing about 6Kilos, 93 Kilo to 87.7 Kilos over three months. Then I embarked on the 12-week program online. The first two weeks I was dreaming food, honestly. But that has all long passed as the menu offered such variety and is so dam tasty.

    My progress has been slow, my weight up and down, little change in my fasting BS, however my waist measurement has gone down a couple of inches and I my cholesterol has fallen by nearly half.

    I have learned so much and it is only at the end that I can reevaluate my eating habits over the past 12 weeks.

    Portion, Portion, portion and for me emotions. I get bored I eat, I get stressed I eat. And sure, I have been eating very healthy but I missed the boat on portion control and going back for several little snacks which in turn added up to probably another 2 meals if not more? I now realise that’s been my problem for years not just over the past 12 weeks.

    I had the mind set of It’s healthy so I can eat as much as I like! Wrong!

    The good news. My wonderful Dr has granted me another 12 weeks’ reprieve before suggesting that should I fail it’s time to go on Metformin. It’s been two weeks since I saw him and I have gone from 87.7 to 85. My fasting BS were around 15 mmol/L and now 10.

    I am on fire, feel fantastic, cloths fit and people are noticing. I have even noticed the change, just walking passed a shop window seeing my reflection and I think is that really me :0)

    The support on line is so valuable and the forum really helps you to see that you’re not alone. Real people share their ups and downs, daily struggles and inspirational testimonies that are really fantastic.

    I just love proving my Dr wrong, so I am going to start all over again and can’t wait to see his face when I present in 10 weeks’ time. Not only will there be less of me :0) but I know that my BS will have continued to fall, I just know I am so determined.

    I am going to do the online program again if there is a space.

    Glenys*

    I have lost 10.3% of my body weight and have never felt better in years.

    On the 17th of July I weighed 249.6lbs or 113.2kgs. I had a body fat % of 42.4 and a visceral fat reading of 21 (as recorded by my Tanita BC 1000 body analyser. My doctor had just called me in for an emergency consultation after my blood test results had come back. My Hba1c reading (112) had doubled from the previous test (56). I refused to go on Metformin and asked that I be allowed to try this program for 12 weeks and if I didn’t get the numbers down then I would do it their way.  I prepared for the program for a couple of weeks prior to the official by getting everything ready.

    My waist was 56 inches, hips 52 inches and chest 54 inches. I had just returned from a holiday in France where I did all the things a type 2 Diabetic shouldn’t. Now it was time for change.

    I read Michael Mosley’s book then found the course and decided to invest in myself. I subscribed and read all the literature, cleared the cupboards of all the “bad stuff” and braced myself.

    12 weeks later I am now, today, 223.9lbs or 101.56kgs. My body fat % reading is 33.6% and my chisel fat reading is 15. At my last check in with the diabetic nurse, my Hba1c reading was down to 51, which was after 8 weeks and the nurse was flabbergasted! She could not believe it and was totally astounded when I got on the scales. My waist is now 44″, hips 41″ and chest 44″. People are asking me if I’m alright?  or “are  you sick? One person even said I’d” lost way too much and enough was enough!!”

    I have lost 10.3% of my body weight and have never felt better in years.

    I felt hungry a few times and did snack on nuts which put my calorie intake up over the target on a few occasions. I also celebrated my 50th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary in September. This involved a 7 day trip to Spain with my wife and I did gain 8lbs but I had them back off within a week of returning.

    I have at least 42lbs to go to reach my target weight of 182lbs (82.55kgs) but I’ll continue with this way of eating again and maybe go back on to the program in January.

    Dermott*

    I have never had as much support or involvement as I have had during my time on the 12-week Blood Sugar Diet online programme; it has changed the way I think and live my everyday life.

    An experience that is so valuable to my health and wellbeing” “I already know that my learnings from The Blood Sugar Diet programme have been so valuable to my future health and wellbeing. I loved being able to use the recipes and prepare my meals in advance. Being a chef, I’m still a little fussy about some of the foods but with an open mind I have tried a lot of new and interesting flavours. Whilst on the programme, I was able to chat with others in a similar situation on the forum and this was something to which I really looked forward. Knowing that I wasn’t alone and that we could support one another was a pleasure. alone and that we could support one another was a pleasure. I would like to thank the BSD team – I have never had as much support or involvement as I have had during my time on the 12-week Blood Sugar Diet online programme; it has changed the way I think and live my everyday life.

    Rachel*

    Moving to 800 calories wasn’t too hard because I was completely satisfied.  Full-fat truly works

    I am 52, have type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia and high blood pressure. Plus my weight just kept going up, even while eating what I thought was a healthy diet.  I was desperate for a solution. I was tired of being held hostage by my health issues and that’s when I came across Dr. Mosely’s book ” The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet” and read it in a day.  I knew this was my answer.  The science behind it made complete sense to me.

    Before I began the program officially with the BSD team I started to lower my calories and follow some of the recipes in the book.  Then when I began the BSD 12 week program, I had already lowered my calories over a couple of weeks to 1,000.

    Moving to 800 calories wasn’t too hard because I was completely satisfied.  Full-fat truly works.  The meal plans were great and easy to prepare. I noticed that fruits tasted so much sweeter to me. I was missing real flavour before the diet.  The support on the site was invaluable and helped me navigate some on the hard bits.

    When I decided to have a day off the diet, I paid for it dearly.  It made me really sick for 2 days and I had a super bad headache. So right back on I went.  The BSD program helped me navigate the pitfalls that were in my path of success. I’m off all processed food too.

    Now for the results.  I had a 48″ waistline that now it is 43″.  My A1C was at 7.9 and now it’s at 7.2.  My blood sugars went from 190 to 90-105, and I’ve lost 31 pounds. My blood pressure is normal and I have less pain with my fibromyalgia.

    I’ve never felt better in my life.  I refuse to be a slave to my health issues.  I took my life back with this program. Thank you Dr. Mosley and team for this life-changing experience. I’m a Mediterranean Diet girl for life.

    Ginger*

    After doing this diet I do feel confident in my abilities to maintain healthy eating.

    I have been following the plan I would say 90% of the time and I just wanted to say a big thank you to the BSD team and community. This HAS changed things for me. I am almost 10kg lighter and my bloods are SOOOOOOO much better than they were, practically normal!

    I am not going to become complacent though as I know that I have various triggers and challenges that make me want to eat stuff that isn’t so good for me. However, after doing this diet I do feel confident in my abilities to maintain healthy eating as my taste buds seem to have changed and I have control over my portion sizes.

    Glenys*

    I wasn’t on any medication before and I didn’t have diabetes, however I do feel my general health has improved – energy levels, sleep, general aches and pains.

    My name is Shirley Smith and I am 45 years old.

    My starting weight was 13 stone 13 llbs. My weight at the end of the 12 weeks was 11 stone 8 llbs and I am now 11 stone 4, having continued with the low-carb (but not calorie-restricted) diet.

    My initial waist circumference was 96 cm, it is now 81 cm.

    I wasn’t on any medication before and I didn’t have diabetes, however I do feel my general health has improved – energy levels, sleep, general aches and pains.

    I generally loved the food. I found the menus very tasty and satisfying. I can’t stand beans so I replaced them with tofu. After I while I stopped being able to stomach some of the savoury dishes for breakfast (particularly the portobello mushroom and poached egg!), but just replaced them with Greek yogurt or scrambled eggs!

    One of my main motivations for doing the diet was to lose weight for a show I was in where I was going to be performing aerial gymnastics. I wanted to look better and be able to lift my body weight more to do more moves. I was training quite hard for the aerial gymnastics and was worried I would not have any energy but it was fine. I did not do much in the way of aerobic exercise during the 12 weeks, mostly walking, yoga and the aerial. I have now reintroduced jogging and other aerobic exercise.

    The second week was the hardest with bad headaches but these resolved after a few days.

    I had my birthday and a friend’s 40th weekend in the space of a week which was quite a challenge, but I managed to stay lowish-carb (I got the restaurant to swap potatoes for greens, had cheese instead of dessert and skipped the afternoon tea) and despite allowing myself a few glasses of wine and some cake I still lost weight that week.

    I am allowing myself a few treats over Xmas and a few pounds gain but am keen to start again in January and see if I can get to somewhere in the middle of my healthy BMI range.

    Shirley*

    Starting weight: 101kg

    Finishing weight (week 11): at present 85.8 kg so end of week could be better, will let you know.

    Starting waist circumference (if you have it): 116cm

    Finishing waist circumference (if you have it): 104 cm at present

    Change in BGLs? average 3 monthly was 9 (HbA1c) and now at 6.4 on 30 days ,

    Any other health changes?

    BP was 134/75 . now 107/60

    resting heart was 85 bpm, now 59 bpm

    discontinued Olmetec medication under doctors advice

    Insulin was 42 mcg twice daily,  now is 8 mcg twice daily; this is huge and my goal is to no longer need insulin!!!,  (I still inject 10 mcg Byetta twice daily)

    Average daily walking is 12,000 steps.

    John*

    start weight 76.4kgm

    current weight 69.0kgm

    Waist circumference  April round 104cm  Now 98cm

    Comments on Health changes and medications:  I am T2 Diabetic not requiring medication    Hba1c  = 0610/2015 6.2  10/05/17 5.8 just outside normal range for someone without diabetes.

    I take Micardis 40mg 1/2 tablet daily for blood pressure  I take Crestor 5mg for cholesterol.  Blood pressure at acceptable levels.  Lipid studies LDL/HDL ratio 0.7 on 04/02/2016, now 1.3 all within normal range.

    Comments on food and implementing the menus:  I don’t eat red meat but was easily able to find substitutes when this was on the menu.  It was great to have the menus and shopping lists each week.  Some lunches/dinners were not done due to being out but as time went on, I could prepare ahead for these occurrences by using something else on the menu.  The food was generally very easy to prepare although there were a few problems with some directions and amounts.

    Comments on hurdles:  I found it got harder to keep to the program as the weeks progressed but I was determined to keep going for my health’s sake and because I could achieve results quickly, I didn’t mind a bit of hunger.

    Best features of the program:  The ready made planned meals and shopping lists.  The forum for questions and support.

    Georgina*

    I have come away from the BSD program feeling younger, healthier and slimmer with a completely new attitude and respect for food.  

    (As a diabetic) I owe the positive success of reducing my blood sugar levels to within recommended guidelines and for losing weight, to the Blood Sugar Diet (BSD) 12 week private online program which I have recently completed.  The BSD program is based on the healthy Mediterranean diet.  Over the 12 weeks, with guidance and prompt responses to questions from health professionals online, the BSD program has taught me to take control, change lifestyle and get rid of old bad habits.  Each week the program provided inspirational handouts and videos on nutrition and exercise.  Carefully prepared menus, flavoursome meal plans and shopping lists were provided making the program easy to follow.  There were some personal challenges to overcome and sometimes temptation was given into but, ultimately, the program was effective.  Being able to share thoughts and exchange experiences with other participants, to give each other support, was inspiring and kept us focused.

    I have come away from the BSD program feeling younger, healthier and slimmer with a completely new attitude and respect for food.   I will continue on this path to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to manage my weight, to keep to an exercise regime and to maintain good blood sugar levels.

    Aphrodite*

    I would recommend the BSD program for anyone looking to lose weight or to improve their blood sugars.

    I knew I could only follow the program properly for 6 weeks as i was traveling overseas but I really wanted to get started so took the plunge. I had really impressive results despite this with weight loss of 6kg and more exciting a drop in my HbA1C of 0.8 with no change in medication!  Even my endocrinologist was impressed.

    In particular i loved the recipes and shopping lists with this plan.  Other weight loss programs having been temporarily successful for me but I’ve gotten bored with the repetitive food that isn’t fresh.  I also found i was really deskilled in cooking afterwards and went back to old habits. I think the BSD program gives you lots of good food swap options and teaches you lovely recipes and good food habits.

    I LOVE the shopping lists! This program saves waste and money and makes planning your weekly meals so much easier. I have tried following these diet concepts on my own but been defeated by all the planning.  The BSD made this simple and helped train me to do it for myself with two “own plan” weeks.

    I am definitely giving this program another go,  the whole 12 weeks this time. I’m confident of good results which makes me enthusiastic,  not my usual attitude to a “diet”.

    I feel i can take these new food attitudes with me for the rest of my life and be healthy and happy!

    Rachel*