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Dr. Peter Brukner OAM3 min read

Is rapid weight loss a good idea?

Weight loss and improved control blood glucose control go hand in hand. There are many advantages to losing weight, but what is the best way to go about it?

There are three proven ways to lose weight and improve blood sugar levels if we look at the science.

The first is bariatric surgery which involves cutting out or bypassing a section of your gastrointestinal tract. It is major surgery with all the associated risks and significant side effects. Therefore, it should only be considered as a last resort.

The other two methods are dietary. The first is the low carb approach which is the basis of the Defeat Diabetes Program. Reducing your carbs by eliminating sugars and starches is an effective way to lose weight steadily. The great advantage of the low carb approach is that it is sustainable in the long term.

This contrasts with the other method of losing weight and improving blood sugars: the low calorie approach. Reducing your calorie intake from the recommended 2000 calories a day (many people have far more than 2000) to around 1000 calories is an effective way to lose weight. This is due to the reduction in calories and because reducing overall calories reduces the carb intake. As a result, most low calorie diets are both low calorie and low carb.

When tackling obesity and type 2 diabetes issues, some people like to go hard and have an initial dramatic weight loss. This can be done safely with our new 4-Week Rapid Weight Loss Program, a four-week meal plan designed by our dietitians to ensure that all the necessary nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, are abundant. My Rapid Weight Loss Program can give you a real kick start on your journey towards better metabolic health.

Why only four weeks?

The 4-Week Rapid Weight Loss Program will kickstart your weight loss journey with a low calorie, low carb approach to eating.

While highly effective for weight loss, eating low calorie and low carb can be hard to sustain over the long term for two reasons. The first is hunger. You tend to become “hangry” on a low calorie diet – hungry and angry. You don’t get the same feeling of fullness experienced with diets with higher protein and fat levels.

The second reason is that the body reacts to eating fewer calories by going into “starvation mode”. In other words, it slows down your metabolism to conserve energy. This, in turn, affects weight loss and is why many people who lose significant amounts of weight regain lost kilos when they return to a regular diet.

Consequently, we recommend a two-stage process for those keen to lose weight rapidly. Stage 1 is our 4-Week Rapid Weight Loss Program. Stage 2 is our Defeat Diabetes Low Carb approach. The low carb approach differs from the low calorie program as it’s slightly higher in calories and includes more healthy protein and fat. As a result, you’ll continue to lose weight but will likely feel less hungry while still eating for sustainable weight loss.

You can certainly lose weight and put your diabetes into remission with the Defeat Diabetes Low Carb approach (indeed, 84% of those following Defeat Diabetes Low Carb have lost 8 kilos or more over three months). But if you are someone who wants to see dramatic effects at the start of your program, the 4-Week Rapid Weight Loss Program might be a great way to start.

Peter Brukner