2 Day Diabetes Diet Book, Could It Work For You
What if you could diet just two days a week and successfully prevent, treat, or possibly even banish type 2 diabetes from your life? That’s the claim put forth by the author and editors of the 2 Day Diabetes Diet, recently published by Reader’s Digest. It is a claim you can believe?
Just another diabetes diet book?
The 2 Day Diabetes Diet makes the typical claims about how quickly you can lose weight in just a few weeks (in this case, 3 weeks) and how much you can lower your blood sugar levels (up to 32 points, reportedly) if you follow the plan presented in the book. So far, these are promises similar to those made in scores of other books.
I was initially pleased to read that the approach to diet covered in this book was based on a “breakthrough study” in which “people who restricted carb and calorie intake just 2 days a week lost more weight and lowered insulin levels.” That sounded promising as well.
I was disappointed, however, when I saw that a grand total of 10 people were in the study. Therefore this book was written to tout a plan that was followed by the number of people you can count on two hands.
So what is involved in this “breakthrough study” and diet plan? The book promises that the “special mix of foods and nutrients” will fill you up even though you will be consuming fewer calories and that “you won’t feel like you’re dieting at all.” The authors say “Trust us: You will not go hungry.”
Here’s the plan in a nutshell: 5 days a week are considered Nourish days on which you can eat “reasonable portions of all your favorite foods,” while the other two days of the week (those magic 2 days known as Power Burn days) you drastically reduce your calorie intake.
In other words: on Nourish days, you are told to eat about 1,500 calories and to follow the Mediterranean diet. On Power Burn days you eat only 600 to 650 calories and follow a low-carb way of eating.
The Power Burn days are designed to cause your metabolism to shift from burning carbs to burning fat. The result is supposed to be a reduction in the size of your fat cells and help putting an end to insulin resistance and inflammation, both of which are key characteristics of type 2 diabetes.
Nothing new here, as use of the Mediterranean diet has been well researched (and studies continue) regarding its benefits for diabetes as well as other diseases. In addition, eating just 600 calories a day, even if it’s just two days a week, should lead to weight loss, especially if you consume only 1,500 calories on the other days.
Why the Nourish and Power Burn approach
The authors explain that humans evolved living in a feast and famine environment, and many of us have inherited what the book calls “thrifty genes,” which cause the body to save up or hoard fat during lean times and rapidly store energy (“plump out fat cells even more”) during good times.
Today, people have an abundance of thrifty genes. At the same time, for those who exist in an environment of plenty, it’s difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Even when you gain just a few pounds the threat of diabesity raises its ugly head, making it difficult to stop additional weight gain.
What is diabesity? This book describes it as when diabetes meets excess body fat, and that it is the main cause of diabetes around the globe. Mark Hyman, MD, who has written extensively on the subject of diabetes (but who is not associated with this book), defines it as a “condition of metabolic imbalance and diseases that ranges all the way from mild blood sugar imbalance to full blow diabetes.”