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In particular I know I SHOULD NOT do a low calorie / fasting diet if I am:

  • Underweight and/or have a history of an eating disorder
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Diagnosed with a significant psychiatric disorder
  • Frail or recovering from surgery
  • Under active investigation or treatment or have a significant medical condition affecting ability to comply with diet
  • On certain medications
  • A Type 1 diabetic and or have other, rarer forms like pancreatic or monogenic diabetes which will not respond in the same way to weight loss.
  • Unwell or have a fever
You should also confirm with your doctor that you really are a type 2 diabetic as there are other rarer forms of diabetes that will not respond in the same way to weight loss.

Use CAUTION doing a low calorie / fasting diet & DISCUSS WITH DOCTOR if any of the following apply:

  • On insulin – detailed assessment & education by health professional to plan a suitable reduction in medication/insulin to avoid a potentially dangerous drop in blood sugar (hypo)
  • Those who have a significant underlying medical condition should speak to their doctor first, as they would before embarking on any weight-loss regime
  • If you have type 2 diabetes and are on medication, it will be necessary to adjust your medication (it may need to be reduced or stopped as blood sugars improve and to avoid hypos)
  • If you are on blood pressure medication this may need to be reduced or stopped as blood pressure improves.
  • If you are on diabetic medication with hypoglycaemia unawareness, so you cannot tell if you have a ‘hypo’ when your sugar level drops
  • If you have moderate or severe retinopathy you will need extra screening within 6 months (as retinopathy can sometimes get worse when blood sugar improves)
  • If you have a significant psychiatric history in the past
  • If you are on other medications, discuss with your doctor first eg Warfarin
  • Have epilepsy (though there is some evidence that diet can improve epilepsy)
  • If you may be pregnant. Clearly avoiding fasting/low calorie diets is wise, however if there is a risk of (or previous history of) Gestational diabetes, The Blood Sugar Way of Life might be a suitable alternative.
Please read this handout (pdf) for additional information.