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Far better menus than Mr Mosley's 8 week blood sugar diet - My new cookbook bible
on 20 June 2016
I've been on the Michael Mosley 5/2 diet for the past two years and when his new book arrived about the blood sugar diet I was keen to try it out but felt disappointed by the menu choices at the end of the book. That's when I turned to this book which uses the same principles but has a much larger menu choice using widely available ingredients (some of which I'd never used before) and above all else the meals were extremely easy to make, despite the menus having no photos to view. Putting this into context, before using this book I spent little time in the kitchen. I can make an occasional chilli con carne but the only other thing. I make is pizza and chips and that was my limit! However, I cooked every meal in this book with no help from my wife and my time in the kitchen increased from around 5% to 100%. I actually enjoyed making the meals as well as eating them.
The diet itself works totally for me. I never felt like picking in between meals and I dropped from 13st 10Ibs to 12st 4Ibs in 8 weeks and my fat contact reduced to 17% according to my scales (I'm 6' 3" and of slim build). Initially I was going to do the 8 week trial then think about reverting to the 5/2 diet but I feel so much better on this diet (less tired, less up and down due to sugar fixes) that I've continued to stay on the diet by increasing the amount I eat so I don't lose any more weight. My biggest issue was with coffee as I tended to have around 8-10 cups a day, but since drinking 'infused water' which as made drinking water so much more enjoyable I've been able to reduce my coffee intake to 3 cups per day (and this has also had a huge impact on feeling less tired in the mornings). I'll still have the odd day each week where I'll come off the diet and eat what I like for the day but quickly find I want to go back to it. Another thing about comparing the 5/2 diet and this one, during 2013 when I achieved my lowest weight on the 5/2 diet I managed to reduce to 12st 4Ibs but people told me to stop because I looked so gaunt in my face as a result. The difference in reaching the same weight under this diet is that people tell me I look healthy (and I feel it). Do I recommend this book (and the diet)? Absolutely - the book is my new bible and I have recommended it to others who have also gone on to buy either this one or other Patrick Holford books. I have found it so easy to use, cook with, lose weight with and, most importantly, stick to without feeling I'm missing out on my old food habits.