800 Calorie Diabetic Diet Plan – Newcastle Study Claims Possible Cure

[ 0 ] September 10, 2012 |
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If you’re someone who is concerned with the development of diabetes, or has just been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and wants to take action immediately to try and reverse your condition, there’s an exciting, yet controversial study that illustrates that you may be able to do just that.

Researchers from a Newcastle University team have come to discover that type 2 Diabetes may be able to be completely eliminated by following a very low calorie diet for a period of two months. This diet isn’t for the faint of heart though – it will be one of the lowest calorie diets that you’ve ever used in your life, providing just 800 calories per day.

The researchers who conducted the study had 11 people follow the diet plan, dramatically reducing their intake for the two month period and after three months, seven of them were diabetes-free, illustrating their condition had been cured by the diet.

Researchers state that one of the reasons why this diabetic diet works so well is that it helps to remove fat that is clogging up the pancreas, which then allows normal insulin secretion patterns to be restored.  They claim that it’s the sudden drastic reduction in calorie intake that defatizes the pancreas and liver.

If this sparks your interest, keep reading as we go over what this diet protocol consists of so that you can put it to use in your own life.


What The 800 Calorie Newcastle Diet Consists Of

The protocol that you’ll follow on this diet plan is as follows:

  • To have three meal replacement shakes each day, which are going to provide you with 600 calories total.
  • In addition to this, you’ll eat up to three servings of non-starchy vegetables each day, which is going to help to get your vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and fiber intake up, and provide the remaining 200 calories per day.
  • Additionally, you’ll drink 3 liters of water or other calorie-free beverages each day to reduce hunger, stay hydrated, and eliminate toxins from the body.

The diet is to last for an eight week period and you are not to detour from the allowed foods at all.

Those that are allowed include cabbage, celery, carrots, peppers, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, artichoke, Mung bean sprouts, cauliflower, onions, leeks, radishes, broccoli, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and water chestnuts.  In addition to this, you can use herbs and spices to add flavor to your foods as long as they’re natural and don’t contain sodium.


Creating Your Shakes For The Newcastle Diet

When preparing your shakes for the diet, Optifast is recommended as it’ll contain added vitamins and minerals to ensure your needs are met although Medifast and SlimFast may be alternative options.  You generally should be preparing the shakes with water to maintain the calorie content, however if you prefer to opt away from the Optifast shakes, you can create your own using protein powder, flaxseed and possibly some unsweetened soya milk.


Effects To Be Aware Of On The Newcastle Diet

800 calorie diabetic diet side effectsNow, as this is quite an intense diet, there are some side effects to be aware of.  Most people will typically notice the greatest side effects occurring on the first week of the diet plan as this is when the body is adapting to the protocol.

Common side effects can include (note that you may experience none, some or all of these):


  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Hunger
  • Generally feeling cold all the time regardless of the temperature.

Some of these effects are related to the fact that the body will begin to move into a state called ketosis, where your brain shifts from running on glucose as a fuel source to ketone bodies.  Some people will note that they feel ‘foggy brained’ and that they don’t process thoughts as quickly, but again, this will subside after a week or so has passed.

To help offset many of these negative side effects, focus on getting in plenty of water throughout the day along with getting as much rest as possible.

You don’t want to place any excess unnecessary stress on the body during this time so exercise is NOT recommended.

On the positive side of things, some notable benefits you’ll reap include:

  • Lower blood sugar levels (so fewer energy spikes followed by crashes)
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Less water retention
  • Dramatic weight loss

Most people will see quite dramatic weight loss occurring during the first few weeks of the diet, after which it levels off to a more moderate (but still accelerated due to the low calorie nature of the diet) pace.


The Need For Testing

diabetic diet testingAs you go about this diet, and even after you’re off, still don’t overlook the importance of regular testing of your blood glucose levels. This will allow you to see what effect the diet is having on your body.

It’s still important for you to maintain safe blood glucose levels, even once the diet is completed to ensure you are maintain good control. You don’t want to revert back to the eating habits that brought you to the state of having diabetes in the first place, so with regular testing you can learn what your body can and cannot handle, diet-wise, to maintain control.

Keeping a food diary along with doing your testing is the best way to learn about your own body and develop a smart diet plan.


Safety Points To Remember With The Newcastle Diet

800 calorie diabetic diet medical approvalFinally, the last important point to note and keep in mind is that this diet is to be used only for the short term. While the benefits are clearly stated in the study, it is not advisable to carry it out beyond the 8 week period.

Very low calorie diets do place great strain on the body and will certainly put you at risk for long-term nutritional deficiencies, so after your eight weeks are up, you should move to a more balanced nutrition plan that is low to moderate carb in nature.

***Also always make sure that you consult with your doctor before starting a diet plan, to get the green light to proceed forward.

So if you’re concerned about your current health and looking for a way to combat diabetes, this Newcastle study and diet protocol may prove very interesting and useful to you.  It’s an eight week program that could in fact change the rest of your life.


Final Thoughts About The Newcastle Study Diabetic Diet

Although the results of the Newcastle study seem promising, the benefit of getting rid of pancreatic, liver and organ fat that it claims to potentially achieve, is still a bit unclear. It is however, obvious it seems, that you will lose a lot of weight and your blood glucose will lower while you undertake the Newcastle 800 calorie diet.

Another thing to note is if you are losing weight and get down to your ideal weight then you will inevitably lose a lot of fat from around your organs as well as the external fat meaning the same or similar benefits could possibly be achieved through regular healthy eating and exercise.

As mentioned earlier, this diabetic diet is very hard to stick to and requires a lot of will power and is only a temporary “kick start” so to speak, and should definately only ever be done under medical supervision. Having said that, those who do manage to stick it out, report great benefits in relation to how they feel, their weight and their blood glucose.

I personally don’t believe that the Newcastle diet is a “cure” for diabetes, but rather a tool that can be used to propel you onto the right path and shock your body into action. The fast results that you see in the early stages of the diet may be the extra bit of motivation you need to lead a healthy lifestyle.

I think that these benefits (weight loss and low blood glucose) will only remain if you keep your weight under control. Pile the pounds back on and you will lose these benefits.

Taking everything into account, if you think you need something this drastic to kick start you on the right path then this 800 calorie diet plan might be worth speaking to your doctor about and you giving it a go. Just remember if you do decide to do it that it is only a temporary measure and a general low carb or healthy diet can be utilized long term to help manage type 2 diabetes.

Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol, E. L. Lim & K. G. Hollingsworth & B. S. Aribisala & M. J. Chen & J. C. Mathers & R. Taylor. Diabetologia. DOI 10.1007/s00125-011-2204-7.

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Kate Robinson is a country girl who never had to worry about her weight until she piled on the pounds in her twenties. After years of depression, self pity, binge eating and yo yo dieting, she finally managed to lose 71 pounds and got back her figure and her life! The experience affected her so much that she vowed to help as many people as possible to do the same. Kate teamed up with some industry experts to provide the right information and support when you need it most.

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