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2 Day Diabetes Diet Book, Could It Work For You

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2013-09-19 17:17

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.

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