Eat to kick diabetes: Delicious dinners that are only 500 calories, discerning breakfasts that will keep we full until …


Research has shown that eating 800 calories a day for 8 weeks is a best proceed to remove weight quickly, scold your blood sugarine levels and dramatically revoke your risk of diabetes (File photo)

Gnawing hunger. Deprivation. For so many people, these are a images that dieting immediately conjures to mind — until now.

The implausible success of my insubordinate 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet is changing a face of weight loss.

Research has shown that eating 800 calories a day for 8 weeks is a best proceed to remove weight quickly, scold your blood sugarine levels and dramatically revoke your risk of diabetes.

And my diet devise is corroborated by studies that uncover that if it is finished properly, a fast weight-loss diet can be a protected and effective proceed to cut dangerous swell fat and grasp your weight-loss goals.

And it’s unequivocally not difficult. Where’s a hardship when we can tuck into 800 calories of deliciously comforting cauliflower cheese, quiche or coq au vin?

As your blood sugarine levels urge we simply won’t feel inspired any more.

All this week, a Mail is featuring tasty low-calorie recipes from a 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book, combined by my wife, GP Dr Clare Bailey, who has been regulating this proceed really successfully with her patients.

Working with nutritionist, Dr Sarah Schenker, she has combined dishes that enclose healthy fats and nutrients and are privately designed to banish cravings and keep we feeling fuller for longer.

The genuine tip of a 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet is a outcome it has on a hormone called insulin.

Insulin is constructed by your pancreas and one of a jobs is to keep your blood sugars underneath control. When we eat a sweetened or starchy image your blood sugarine levels start to rise, rapidly.

Because high blood sugarine levels are bad for your body, your pancreas starts to siphon out insulin, to move your blood sugarine levels down. At a same time insulin will also inspire your physique to store additional calories as fat. If we keep on eating a lot of sugary, starchy dishes afterwards your pancreas will onslaught to keep up, desperately pumping out ever some-more insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is one of a biggest epidemics of complicated times interjection mostly to sedentary lifestyles and high-sugar diets adopted yet many do not know they are during risk (File photo)

This will not customarily make we fatter and hungrier, yet will also lift a risk that your physique will possibly spin resistant to a effects of insulin or your pancreas will stop producing it.

Either way, we will have assimilated a scarcely 4 million people in a UK who have form 2 diabetes.

The proceed to mangle this infamous cycle is to move your insulin levels down. And that’s where a 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet comes in.

If we can cut right behind on sugars and starches — bread, white rice, pasta and potatoes as good as cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks — we will be streamer in a right direction. The recipes featured all this week uncover we only how deliciously easy it is to do so.


Avoid a low-calorie/fasting diet if we are: underneath 18, underweight or have a story of an eating disorder; we are profound or breastfeeding; have a poignant psychiatric disorder; are thin or we are recuperating from surgery. 

Check with your GP initial if we have other medical conditions or we are holding drugs such as warfarin, insulin or drugs for diabetes or blood pressure. 

One proceed to boost this blood sugarine rebate even further, is to go for somewhat longer durations yet eating food.

Technically, this is ‘fasting’, of course, yet we can grasp a blood sugarine obscure advantages yet any kind of suffering, simply by skipping a occasional meal, or subtly fluctuating a duration between cooking and breakfast (by slicing out any late-night snacks).

Overnight, or if we skip breakfast, your physique gets a mangle from digesting food and is means to get on with a essential tasks of middle open cleaning and self-repair.

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet devise suggests days when we competence skip breakfast and have a some-more estimable brunch instead, or after a vast lunch one day, maybe skip cooking or only have a play of miso soup instead.

Doing this means we can be fasting for around 16 hours roughly yet noticing.

It shouldn’t be tough — investigate shows people who eat dual dishes a day feel reduction inspired and some-more confident than people eating accurately a same series of calories yet widespread via a day.

Each recipe featured in this week’s Daily Mail has been privately crafted to control calories, maximize nutritive calm and discharge insulin-triggering sugars and polished carbohydrates.

Stick this out for 8 weeks and a impact on your weight — and your blood sugarine levels — will be dramatic.


Plan your dishes in allege and aim for accumulation to say your seductiveness and a nutritive balance. Assemble breakfast a night before, have a lunch prepared to fist on a hop, and safeguard we have all we need for your dusk image so it can be prepared in minutes.

Aim to splash 2-3 litres of liquid a day to revoke your risk of tiredness, light-headedness and headaches (which can be triggered by dehydration), craving (this comes in waves and passes so try to ‘surf a wave’) and feeling colder.

Drink some-more soup: it is good during gripping we feeling full and can be done really cheaply.

Switch potatoes, pasta, rice and noodles for lower-carb nutrient-packed alternatives such as cauliflower rice (grated afterwards steamed or sauted), spiralised vegetables or shredded cabbage.

Avoid sugarine and syrups even if they explain to be ‘natural’ and use whole fruit instead (its sugarine impact is reduced when it is eaten with fats and fibre, that delayed absorption).

Drink prohibited drinks (teas, coffee, Bovril, miso soup) to conceal your appetite.

Minimise alcohol, fruit juice, smoothies and cordials while on a diet — drinks can be packaged with dark calories.

Ditch ‘diet’ products that are customarily packaged with sugarine and/or sweeteners that can trigger honeyed cravings.

Build in clever flavours such as lemon, pepper, lime, chilli, garlic, gherkins, mustard and spices to make a dishes some-more satisfying.

Follow a image planner in yesterday’s paper, hang rigidly to a recipes, or use an online nutritive opposite (such as My Fitness Pal) to keep lane of calories/nutrients.

Take a multivitamin any other day while fasting.

Be companionable and share dishes with others yet offer yourself smaller portions and skip a carbohydrates.

Indian-spiced prawns 

Serves 2

  • 250g vast prawns
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder (to taste)
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp tamarind pulp (or ½ tbsp mirin or extract of half a lime)
  • 1 tbsp unfeeling oil
  • 1 vast onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, dejected or finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick, damaged in two
  • ½ 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 100g spinach (frozen or fresh)

• CALORIES 190 • PROTEIN 24g • FAT 7g• FIBRE 2g • CARBS 10g

Marinate a prawns in a chilli powder, turmeric and tamarind pulp for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, feverishness a oil in a non-stick saucepan and sauté a onions until malleable afterwards supplement a garlic and cinnamon stick. After 2-3 minutes, supplement a tomatoes and a brine (not a prawns). 

Check a seasoning and ready a salsa on a assuage feverishness until it thickens. Then spin a feverishness to low and stir in a prawns and spinach. Cook prawns until they change colour if regulating uninformed or for 5 mins if they are already cooked, stirring occasionally. Serve with cauliflower rice or stir-fried shredded cabbage.

Coq au Vin

A classical French image done with braised duck and a abounding red booze and fungus sauce. Serve with cauliflower crush to mop adult a gravy.

Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 duck legs
  • 10 shallots
  • 50g pancetta, or smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200g reddish-brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp dusty thyme
  • 2-3 brook leaves
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 400ml red wine
  • 300ml duck stock
  • Bouquet garni
  • 1 carrot, cut into batons
  • Handful of parsley, chopped

• CALORIES 500 • PROTEIN 40g • FAT 28g• FIBRE 2g • CARBS 10g

Preheat a oven to 180c. Heat a oil in a vast ovenproof vessel and grill a duck until golden all over. Add a shallots, pancetta, garlic, mushrooms and spices and ready kindly for 5 minutes, afterwards apart over a cornflour. Add a booze and stock, fragrance garni and carrot. Stir well. 

Transfer to a oven and ready for 30 minutes. Scatter over a chopped parsley and offer with cauliflower crush (steam a whole chopped cauliflower for 8 mins with a finely sliced leek, afterwards empty and crush with 2 tbsp creme fraiche or 1 tbsp olive oil).

Cauliflower cheese

Serves 4

  • 2 middle cauliflowers, damaged into florets
  • 200g ricotta cheese
  • 200ml creme fraiche
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 100g mature Cheddar, grated
  • 50g diced bacon or lardons, boiled (optional)
  • 2-3 vast jalapeno peppers from a jar, diced (optional)
  • 50g Parmesan, grated

• CALORIES 450 • PROTEIN 20g • FAT 39g • FIBRE 2g • CARBS 5g

Preheat a oven to 160c. Place a cauliflower florets in a baking image in a oven (mix in broccoli florets, too, if we like). In a medium-sized bowl, brew together a ricotta, creme fraiche, Worcestershire salsa and Cheddar. Season with salt and creatively belligerent black pepper. Remove a cauliflower from a oven after about 5 minutes, stir in a bacon and jalapeno peppers, if using, afterwards flow over a cheese sauce. Scatter with Parmesan and lapse to a oven for 20-30 minutes, or until a reduction is effervescent and brownish-red on top. Serve with uninformed greens.

Chicken wrapped in Parma ham

The duck absorbs a flavours from a Parma ham, that forms a tasty crust.

Serves 2

  • 1 heaped tbsp full-fat cream cheese
  • 1 garlic clove, dejected or finely chopped
  • 2 tiny skinless duck breasts
  • 6 slices of Parma ham (or prosciutto or serrano)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

• CALORIES 320 • PROTEIN 39g • FAT 18g • FIBRE 0g • CARBS 0g

Preheat a oven to 180c. Mix together a cream cheese and garlic and deteriorate with black peppers and a splash of salt. Spread a reduction over a aspect of a duck breasts and hang 2-3 slices of ham around each. Drizzle with olive oil, place it in an oven image and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a juices run transparent (not pink) when pierced with a pointy knife.

Serve with a salad or immature vegetables.

Salmon with lemon and dill

Serves 4

  • 3 peppers (red and yellow) chopped into vast pieces
  • 2 courgettes, roughly sliced
  • 2 red onions, chopped into wedges
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 tiny egg
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Handful of dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp walnuts, crushed
  • 2 tbsp belligerent almonds
  • 4 salmon fillets


Preheat a oven to 180°c. Put a peppers, courgettes and onions in a baking image or tray, deteriorate and drizzle a olive oil. Start baking them in a oven while we ready a fish. Beat a egg in a play and brew in a lemon zest, dill, walnuts and almonds, afterwards deteriorate with a splash of salt and black pepper.

Remove a vegetables from a oven after 10 mins and place a salmon on top, withdrawal a opening between any fillet. Spoon a bulb particle reduction uniformly over any strap and lapse them to a oven for another 15- 20 minutes.

Serve with a roasted vegetables.

Chilli squid with lentils

Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tiny onion, diced
  • 250g container ready-cooked Puy lentils
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 4 medium-sized squid, cleaned
  • 4 inexhaustible tsp honeyed chilli salsa or 3 vast red chillies, diced and churned with 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil and seasoned

• CALORIES 160 • PROTEIN 18g • FAT 5g• FIBRE 3g • CARBS 13g

Sweat a onion in olive oil until it starts to brown. Stir in a lentils and prepare for a few mins to feverishness them through. Season with salt, black peppers and lemon juice.

Cut any squid tube open, lay it prosaic and measure a middle aspect with a pointy blade in cross-hatch lines about 1cm apart.

Season and ready on a really prohibited roaster with a cross-hatched side down for 1-2 minutes, afterwards spin them over — they will twist adult roughly immediately, indicating that they are cooked.

Serve a squid on tip of a raise of lentils, any with a inexhaustible tsp of chilli sauce. This image goes good with a rocket salad, drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.

Aubergine lasagna

An glorious low-cal, low-carb Mediterranean-style vegetarian image for anyone blank pasta (add Quorn or minced beef to a veg if desired).

Serves 4

  • 50g spinach, chopped
  • 50g Parmesan, grated
  • 100g lodge cheese
  • ½ red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 200g mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 fat garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp dusty oregano
  • 1 tsp dusty basil
  • 300ml passata
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g aubergine, sliced in ½cm strips
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g Cheddar, grated

• CALORIES 200 • PROTEIN 14g • FAT 13g • FIBRE 3g • CARBS 7g

Preheat a oven to 200c. Mix a spinach with a Parmesan and lodge cheese, and deteriorate to taste. Place a chopped red peppers and mushrooms in a apart play along with a garlic, herbs, passata and olive oil. Season well.

Spread half of a tomato and veg reduction over a bottom of an ovenproof dish, followed by swapping layers of sliced aubergines and a cheese and spinach mix. The final covering should be aubergines. Spread a rest of a tomato brew over a tip and dot with a cherry tomatoes. Cover with foil and bake for 30 mins or until a aubergine is soft.

Remove a foil and shower grated cheese over a tip afterwards lapse to a oven for another 10-15 minutes. Serve with a crunchy immature salad.


For so many inveterate dieters, breakfast is a high-sugar problem meal mostly grabbed on the hop.

But present cereals or toast and jam only can’t keep we feeling full until lunchtime, instead they’ll send your blood sugars soaring, only to crash a few hours after withdrawal you hungry and tormented by cravings.

Alternatively, we can still diet and lose weight dramatically quickly when we start your day with a good healthy breakfast.

Just embankment a morning cereal and toast and examination with different energy-boosting combinations of protein and plants such as eggs, avocados, fish, tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach. Delicious!

The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet is based on a beliefs of a Mediterranean diet, and that includes some full-fat dairy products.

So we suggest transfer those thin, tedious low-fat diet yoghurts and indulge in deliciously thick and creamy Greek-style yoghurt instead.

It competence go opposite all your long-held dietary principles, yet full-fat Greek yoghurt has been stretched to keep a higher protein content, that along with a high fat calm means a small amount (a few tablespoons) will keep you feeling full until lunchtime without significantly lifting your blood sugar.

There is now transparent evidence that a diet containing dairy products does not means diabetes or have a significant impact on cholesterol.

Live unsweetened yoghurt will also assistance boost a healthy bacteria in your gut.

Although it can be expensive, look out for full-fat coconut yoghurt as a delicious non-dairy alternative, too (unsweetened, naturally!).

Eggs — however we ready them — make a nutrient-dense, vitamin-rich high-protein breakfast or lunch.

They also keep we full for longer without pulling adult your blood sugars or cholesterol.

And even yet we are cuttingback on starchy carbs, porridge doesn’t have to be off a menu.

Just dump a present oats (which can send blood sugarine levels soaring) and demeanour out for counterfeit oatmeal made of relatively unrefined steel-cut or Irish oats.

These competence be some-more chewy, and you might need to soak them overnight or cook your porridge for a tiny longer, but they keep a healthful inner kernel, and since direct carbs are damaged down and engrossed more slowly by your body, they will keep you fuller for longer.

Oats enclose lots of fibre, of both the soluble and insoluble kind, and this twine contributes to keeping blood sugars down and supporting healthy tummy bacteria.

Mushroom omelette

Serves 1

  • 80g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • Small doorknob of butter (or a lurch of oil)

• CALORIES 210 • PROTEIN 14g • FAT 17g • FIBRE 1g • CARBS 0g

Sauté a mushrooms in a drizzle of oil for 4-5 mins. Gently drive a eggs and season. Heat a butter in a tiny nonstick frying vessel afterwards flow in a eggs. After a few seconds reduce a heat, supplement the mushrooms and ready a omelette until the underside is golden brown. Fold it in dual and offer it while it is still a bit runny on a aspect (it will go on cooking on a plate).

Avocados with pre-baked tomatoes  

Serves 2

  • 200g tomatoes (about 3)
  • ½ tsp dusty tarragon, oregano or rosemary
  • 2 developed avocados
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

• CALORIES 300 • PROTEIN 4g • FAT 29g • FIBRE 7g • CARBS 8g

Cut tomatoes in half, apart with spices and bake for 30 mins during 180c. Meanwhile, cut avocados in half, dip out strength and sequence between dual plates. Mash roughly, tip with baked tomatoes and shower with paprika, chilli and black pepper.

Big mushrooms with feta

Serves 1

  • 60g spinach, roughly chopped
  • 30g feta, crumbled
  • Pinch of belligerent nutmeg
  • 2-3 vast prosaic mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

• CALORIES 130 • PROTEIN 7g • FAT 10g• FIBRE 2g • CARBS 2g

Wilt a spinach in a pan, empty it and fist out additional water. Place in a play and stir in a feta with peppers and a nutmeg. Remove a stalks from a mushrooms. 

Brush a caps with olive oil afterwards place them on a baking tray prosaic side down and fill them with spinach mixture. Bake in an 180c oven for 15 minutes.

Greek yoghurt with nuts, seeds and berries 

Toasting nuts and seeds transforms their taste as a feverishness sets off a chemical reaction, enhancing a flavour.

Serves 1

  • 2 vast tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp (15g) toasted seeds or nuts
  • Small handful of berries


Nicely uncomplicated. Just arrange it in a play and tuck in.

Kipper and tomatoes

Packet kippers take 2-3 mins in a x-ray to comfortable through. For additional oomph, shower with chilli flakes and black pepper.

Serves 1

  • 1 smoked kipper (or mackerel fillet)
  • Knob of butter
  • 100g tomatoes

• CALORIES 230 • PROTEIN 10g • FAT 20g • FIBRE 1g • CARBS 3g

Grill or x-ray a smoked fish with a doorknob of butter, according to instructions. Serve on a bed of tomatoes, possibly cold or cooked.

Apple cinnamon porridge

Cinnamon has a healthy sweetness, reduces a speed during that a stomach empties and has been shown to reduce blood sugar.

Serves 1

  • 25g rolled oats
  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 apple, grated
  • ½ tsp belligerent cinnamon

• CALORIES 260 • PROTEIN 9g • FAT 9g • FIBRE 4g • CARBS 38g

Put oats and divert in a saucepan, with grated apple and cinnamon. Add splash of salt to raise flavours. Bring to boil and prepare for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so it doesn’t hang to a pan.

  • Adapted by Louise Atkinson from The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Dr Sarah Schenker, published by Short Books during £14.99. © Sarah Schenker and Clare Bailey 2016. To sequence a duplicate for £11.24 (offer current to Oct 13), call 0844 571 0640 or revisit PP giveaway on orders over £15.