I've had a few people ask about my weight loss and how I've done it but just as important is why I've done it this way.
First off I'm a diabetic and its been a bitch to control my blood sugar. Secondly I have a cancer which is being treated by surgery for as long as possible; chemo is reserved until it either becomes invasive, no longer responds to surgery or throws off mets. Radiotherapy will be nasty and is reserved until after chemo.
the main theories behind my plan.
1) normal body cells grow as well in ketosis; my cancer cells find the conditions hard to grow in.
2) normal body cells are damaged by high blood glucose; my cancer cells grow extremely well - an 'all you can eat buffet'
Aims; To bring glucose profile to consistently normal as quickly as possible and to maintain ketosis at 4 until glucose profile is normal then it can come down to 2 (blood meter values).
principles of the diet;
It is an adaptation of the Newcastle University low calorie approach for reversing type 2 diabetes. The diet itself isn't suitable for me as it uses 3 diet shakes and a carbohydrate meal each day and wont sustain ketosis.
Our adaptation uses the same principles of 800 calories in 4 meals but involves food and we chose primal because of its focus on high quality foods etc. I am using the low carb; moderate protein; high fat approach within the 800 calorie framework.
carbs around 40g
protein around 100g
Fats make up the rest
I was using metformin and sitagliptin at the start. I currently use just metformin.
I supplement with potassium and magnesium as i also have hypokalaemia.
I take a probiotic multivitamin.
1) The weight loss; this is important, but isn't actually the focus of the plan -the weight loss has been dramatic. I have lost 49.10lbs since April 18th (44 days).
2) Blood glucose; at commencement- my blood glucose was wildly abnormal -fasting around 15, 2 hour post-prandial around 18 to 20.
current - fasting around 7.5, 2 hour post-prandial around 8 to 9.
3) Cancer; The first surgery, before this plan, showed rapid and aggressive advancement prior to the 2 month point hence the second surgery rapidly following. At 2 months (mid May) post surgery a microscopy exam showed no growth (not 1 visible cell). My next microscopy exam is mid July.
The calorie limit was difficult in the first 10 days. Since then hunger is not a problem.
giving up bread was difficult for the first 10 days. I still crave it occasionally. My husband gave it up too so we could keep it out of the house.
not eating much fruit has been hard
I struggled with increasing fat as it was contrary to all other previous advice.
I have found giving up diet soda very hard.
I want to smoke.
Increasing exercise has been hard.
I find breakfast hard to eat so occasionally use a diet shake. I use a powdered supermarket own brand, use less than half the amount of powder and mix it with water rather than milk so its 6 carbs.
Would I recommend it;
It certainly is working for me but its supposed to be done under medical supervision. I'm supported by an oncology team and an oncology nutritionist.
I have included the links to Newcastle University's information.
Reversing Type 2 Diabetes - Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre - Newcastle University
Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of b... [Diabetologia. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI