How it works

As raised blood sugar is significantly related to excess sugar and starchy food, the diet is based on low carb Mediterranean style eating. The key to controlling blood sugar levels and reversing type 2 diabetes is losing abdominal fat. Ideally you want to do this fast as this is likely to be more effective.

We are all different and need to find the approach that works for us. So we have created three stages to allow some flexibility. Most people will want to start with the intensive and rapid weight loss approach, the BSD Fast 800, until they reach their target weight and blood sugar, for up to eight weeks. They then move to the BSD 5:2 or BSD Way of life for maintenance.

However as daily fasting does not suit everyone, some will prefer to go for the more flexible BSD 5:2 approach to fit more easily with daily life, though ideally we would recommend a 2 week kick start on the Fast 800 if possible. Others, who for whatever reason may be unable to fast, can do the gentler BSD Low Carb approach.

The BSD Fast 800: Fast and effective

800 Calories a day, low carb Med style eating for up to 8 weeks. For rapid weight loss & better blood sugars.

The BSD 5:2: Flexible intermittent fasting

5 days low carb Med-style eating, 2 days 800 calories fasting.

The BSD Low Carb Med-Style: For those who can’t fast

Low carb Med-style eating.

The BSD Way of Life

Low carb Med-style eating which may include intermittent fasting.

Weight lost, blood sugars improved

Hunger settles, feeling fitter & better

Health risks reduced or reversed

For more information, including recipes and an 8 week plan, please see the book.

I am delighted that Dr Michael Mosley is highlighting the importance of trying to control blood sugar levels through diet. In this book about the greatest health problem of our time he pulls together the latest scientific studies and weaves in moving human stories. He understands that there is not one diet which suits all, and offers helpful alternatives. If you raised blood sugar levels or type 2 diabetes and are interested in trying to regain full health, this is the book for you

Dr Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Michael spoke with Professor Taylor about the diet and a new study which shows how readily Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with the right diet.