I'm blogging today to keep you posted about my progress on the New Castle Diet. That's the diet that Dr Roy Taylor of Newcastle, England asserts can reverse type 2 diabetes. You have to eat 800 calories a day on a low-carb diet for 8 weeks. There are many testimonials of ordinary people not pushing a product or book claiming to have done just that.
This is Day 6 of my diet. I have lost 10 lbs. If I don't plateau for a long period I may lose a significant amount of weight by 8 weeks end. My blood sugars are starting to get much closer to the normal range without meds or insulin.
I am excited but also worry that I will cheat. Sometimes it is easy to eat only 800 calories and sometimes it isn't. Temptation often surrounds me with my kids and their eating choices. It's a good test to improve my self-discipline. But it would be nice if my kids would cut me a little slack and eat in their bedrooms or take their 'take-out' outside.
Interestingly, this program meshes quite well with Intermittent Fasting. It's quite easy to stick to 800 calories if I only eat in a short window of 5 to 8 hours. If I fast from 7PM I can eat in windows of 11-7, 12-7, 1-7, or 2-7. That's even better for my blood sugars. I've discovered in the past that IF works well with blood sugar control -- when I've stayed on it. Life would intrude (because I would let it of course) and I would go back to a normal eating schedule. But now these 2 programs: the Newcastle Diet, and Intermittent Fasting work together as a tag team. It's working for me at the moment anyway. I will keep you posted.