Recently, the NHS has announced they are introducing a new way to stand against the rising diabetic epidemic that is ravaging through our communities.
PLEASE NOTE: This post will challenge many beliefs. It’s not a short post and I do rant.
Type 2 diabetes (what used to be called adult onset) now affects everyone, young and old.
Like many others in the health industry, I have been eager to see what approach the NHS takes with this serious disease.
Forgetting Brexit and the lack of true leadership in the UK (and other countries) for a minute, type 2 diabetes has the potential to bring our beloved NHS to its knees and have a serious impact on our economy!
But, is this new NHS-backed diet going to work?
The new diet is a calorie-restricted fat-free regimen of soups and shakes of no more than 800 calories. The premise: With this approach, sufferers will lose weight and reduce the stress from internal organs. Weight loss has been clearly shown to reduce and reverse type 2 diabetes!
Sounds great in theory!
But, many doctors have already stated it won’t work for everyone unless, after losing the weight, the patient adopts a new lifestyle and habits, and not return to the same behaviours that resulted in them developing this disease in the first place.
This new diet approach is guaranteed to result in a HUGE mistake!
Please note, I am not trying to be negative about this, but I do feel compelled to express my concerns with this very silly idea!
I agree that weight loss can and will help to reduce type 2 diabetes and can reverse it, no question about that.
But starving an already nutritionally depleted person of real food is not the answer. I would not be too shocked to find that the NHS has teamed up with Weight Watchers or another similar entity for this extremely lucrative deal (for Weight Watchers).
So what’s my issue? Ok, here it is!
1. The soups and shakes will more than likely be “fat-free.” This is an issue in itself for the majority of people with diabetes because they haven’t been eating enough good quality fat in the first place! More than likely, they will be void of nutrients (apart from the synthetic vitamins they add, like what you read on a cereal box), which means they are not able to be used by the body.
Fat, especially saturated fat, is what our hormones are made from and is the essential food that helps our body and brain function best. If you still believe it causes obesity and heart disease, please catch up!
2. Calorie restriction is a forced starvation for the body, and that is what results in weight loss. But, with this approach, the person starving himself/herself and loses weight from bone tissue, muscles and tissue as well as fat. That’s pretty dire, especially for anyone over the age of 40, especially if they lead a sedentary lifestyle. They will find putting that bone and muscle tissue back on quite a challenge, which will have its own repercussions down the line!
NOT only that!
The body will protect itself, and it will prepare for the next starvation period by increasing the amount of lipogenic (fat storing) enzymes.
What does that mean in plain English?
It means the body will become VERY good at storing fat, just in case another starvation period comes along which affects women more than men!
As a result, we will likely see a portion of the population reduce some weight with the “incentive.” However, give them 6 months (if that) and they will be bigger than they previously were at the start!
THIS will place our economy in a worse position than it’s currently in!
3. Overeating is a lifestyle issue as much as it’s a dysfunctional habit, emotional issue or purely a lack of respect or knowledge of health.
The numbers don’t lie. The rising obesity levels in the UK are SCARY!
So, what happens when the person eventually finishes their soup/shake regime?
Do they suddenly become a new person and eat well, learn to shop and make real food, reduce stress and balance blood sugars, exercise properly and learn HOW to look after themselves properly?
Do they return to what they know, whether that be in a week, month or year?
I’m not trying to be negative here… I’m a realist!
From working professionally with this issue for YEARS, I can’t sit by on the sidelines and watch this play out into a disaster that I know from experience it will inevitably be!
Being diagnosed with a disease is a real life-changer for most people. It can be a very challenging point in your life when the realisation hits you that “Actually, I’m not invincible!”
I don’t want to see people go through the yo-yo diet (which this is) and then ultimately feel they are a failure, because it didn’t “cure” them!
So I plead with all of you reading this to please consider ALL the facts before you embark on this perilous journey OR please share this on whatever platform you can.
As this is already a LONG post for most platforms, I will share what I personally believe is an answer in following posts!