The correct diet for a Type-2 diabetic

  • To reduce disease, reduce carbohydrates.

    I showed pictures of my wife, Monica, and how her weight had stabilised for 40 years on a low-carb diet. Similarly, I wrote about William Banting and the follow-up research which showed time and again that a low-carb, high-fat diet was best for weight loss.

    Why? It’s really quite simple. It’s because that is our natural diet!

    Q. What have all wild animals got in common?

    A. None is overweight and none gets diabetes

    Q. What have all primitive humans got in common?

    A. None is overweight and none gets diabetes

    Q. What have westernised industrial humans got in common?

    A. Many are overweight and many get diabetes

    Q. What have westernised industrial humans’ pets got in common?

    A. Many are overweight and many get diabetes

    Do you see the pattern?

    What Is Our Natural Diet?

    For details see my pages on Vegetarianism.

    Summary of Evidence

  • The current concept of a “healthy’ diet quite different – and unnatural.

    Now let’s get back to sorting out the diabetes problem.

    The conventional approach to diabetes treatment is with dietary means PLUS drugs and there is a good reason why this is not a good idea

    Two Types of Disease

    There are two distinct types of disease.

    1. Diseases caused by living organisms: (typhoid, measles, colds). In these cases drugs, to kill bacteria, viruses, etc are the best answer.

    2. Diseases caused by environment / lifestyle: (obesity, diabetes, ischaemic heart disease). In this class of diseases, drugs are rarely successful. In these cases it is better to find and modify the cause. And the cause in pretty well all of them seems down to unnatural diet.

    The Alternative Approach

    For that reason I believe, and teach, that the correct way to treat diabetes is with weight loss by dietary means alone – without the use of drugs.

    The strategy is to reduce excessive insulin with a very high fat, low-carb diet. Trials prove that it works – see Part 5.

    Forward to the Past

    All this isn’t new. Before 1984, diabetics were treated with low-carb, high-fat diet. Think about it: a low-carb, high-fat diet reduces postprandial (after meals) glucose spikes. If there are no glucose spikes there’s no hyperinsulinaemia and with no hyperinsulinaemia there’s no weight gain and no diabetes.

    Summary of Protocol

    The diet is explained in my book Eat Fat, Get Thin! This book is written for people who are overweight but otherwise healthy. It advocates 60 grams of carbohydrate a day. For diabetics, this should be reduced to around 30-40 grams a day.

    The amount of calories lost through cutting down on carbs must be made up in some way from other foods. It is important that you do not go hungry.

    It is equally important that these calories come from dietary fat – NOT from protein. The aim is to reduce blood glucose and insulin levels. Our bodies will make glucose from protein – they don’t make glucose from fat. And fat is a much better fuel anyway (see my page on diet for athletes).

    To help you here is a list of foods to avoid, a list of foods to eat and a simple carb counter

    Given this, the ratios you should adopt for your daily meals are:

    10% – 15% carbohydrate

    20% – 25% protein

    60% – 70% fat

    The amount of fat might seem too high to manage. In fact, it isn’t too difficult if you fry as much as possible, buy the fattiest meat you can find – and don’t cut the fat off, eat full-fat cheeses, put cream on the small amount of fruit you are allowed and spread butter on cooked vegetables or fatless meat.

    As an example, here is an actual menu for my meals for one day in September 2002:

    Breakfast 8:00 am

    72g extra large egg

    120g fat bacon

    70g mushrooms (these soak up fat)

    15g lard

    75g banana

    70g single cream (in drink)

    C= 24.5g: P=37g: F=67.2g

    781 cals

    Lunch 1:00 pm

    300g fat pork chop

    40g carrots

    70g runner beans

    60g squash

    50g onion

    Butter on vegetables

    C=16g : P=57g : F=90g

    1098 cals

    Evening 6:45pm

    140g brie cheese

    75g apple

    50g cream (in drink)

    C=13.9g : P=31g : F=45.9g

    593 cals

    plus 2 litres of water as plain water or in tea/cocoa

    Totals for the day Carbs Protein Fats Grand total
    54.4g 125g 203.1g
    Calories: 217.6 500 1827.9 2545.5 kcals
    Percentages of calories: 8.6% 19.7 71.7% 100%

    That is an example of what I use as a slimming diet – Does it really look so difficult to live on?

    Do I exercise to burn off all these calories? Not really, I spend most of my day in front of a computer.