The 800 Calorie Blood Sugar Diet plan that cuts belly fat and helps reverse type 2 diabetes& |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: For people with type 2 diabetes, managing blood sugar levels is extremely important for overall health. And most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or suffer from obesity. But, it has been shown that this type of diabetes can be reversed through lifestyle modification, including eating a low-calorie diet and regular exercise. Dr Michael Mosley’s Blood Sugar Diet, which involves eating 800 calories a day for eight weeks, has been shown to reduce weight around the belly and even reverse type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
Clinical trials published in the medical journal The Lancet showed promising results, indicating that following a calorie-restricted diet, to the tune of around 800 calories a day, could be the most effective tool trim belly fat and put type 2 diabetes into remission. Read – Type 2 diabetes: Here’s how much tea you should drink everyday to prevent high blood sugar
Can the 800 Calorie Diet plan help you lose weight and beat diabetes?
One study reported that nearly half of 298 patients who followed 800 calorie meal plan for a period of five months reversed their type 2 diabetes, as well as experienced weight loss of around 10-15 kilos. The study, which was described as ‘landmark’by Diabetes UK, also found that about 46 per cent of the patients on the trial remained in remission on, compared to 4 per cent of those who followed standard treatment methods.
Reportedly, the 800 Calorie Diet plan also worked for Mosley who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but no longer has the condition now. In his book, The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, the award-winning British television journalist and the inventor of the popular 5:2 Diet describes the science behind it. According to Mosley, one can expect to lose up to 14kg on 800 calories a day after eight weeks, mostly fat.
Mosley concedes that while medical guidance is key to managing the condition and that no one diet will surely work for everyone, the evidence that absolute calorie restriction helps is strong.
The Bottom Line
Truth is, whether or not you opt for the 800 Calorie Diet plan, eating a balanced diet that manages your carbohydrates, saturated and trans fats, and sodium intake can help you manage your diabetes as well as overall health. And here are 10 tips to manage type 2 diabetes and improve health.
Research has shown that weight loss, especially loss of belly fat, may help manage and reverse diabetes by restoring blood sugar levels to a normal range. But to prevent the recurrence of type 2 diabetes, weight loss needs to be maintained for long-term results through modifications to diet and other lifestyle factors.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.