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You can read about the diet, i'm a new member so cannot post links yet but you can google the "how to shed middle age spread and it should come up, it's at the dailymail website.

I'll also paste a snippet of it here,
THE SIX-WEEK PLAN
WEEKS 1 & 2:
RULES
Have three protein shakes a day (recipe below).
Have just one meal a day, combining protein with fruit and vegetables low in starch and sugar (see suggestions).
You are not allowed alcohol, caffeine, or unnecessary medications, unless prescribed by your GP.
Drink plenty of water.
Get seven hours' sleep a night.
Add a little salt to your diet (to restore fluid balance).
Take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, ideally one aimed at the over-50s, plus 400mg of potassium magnesium (to replace lost minerals and prevent tiredness and muscle cramps) every day.
You eat only the one specified meal (no dairy) and the three shakes - nothing else.

POWER UP! PROTEIN SHAKE
180ml (6 fl oz) water
2 tbsp double cream or premium coconut milk
1-3 scoops low-carb whey protein powder (from health food stores). If you weigh 9st and under, use 1 scoop; 9st-12st 7lb, use 2 scoops; 12st 7lb and above use 3 scoops)
2 tspns leucine powder (approx £8 for 250g from bodybuilding sites on the internet) 10-12 ice cubes
1-2 tspn low-calorie sweetener (opt)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The shake can be infinitely varied by using different-flavoured protein powders (usually available in vanilla, strawberry or chocolate), substituting cold decaf coffee or low-cal drinks for the water, throwing in a handful of frozen berries instead of ice, and switching sugar-free flavoured syrups (caramel or hazelnut ,for instance) for plain sweetener.

So I went out and bought Leucine ($50), low carb whey protein (1 g sugar, 35 g protein) ($32), potassium and centrum over 50 multivitamins.
Before I start this diet i wanted to check if someone has tried a very low carb - high protein diet while on METFORMIN?

Also at 35 g of protein per scoop, this thing is saying to have 100 g of protein per shake, 3 times a day, sounds a bit high to me. I was thinking i'd just go with 1 scoop per shake... 35 g of protein is a LOT in one go. i'm exercising but I'm not pumping iron or anything so don't think I need to go so high protein.
Anyone can give some advice? I am going to run this by my doctor but wanted to see if anyone has already tried this.
Thanks for your replies.
 

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Hello, Stephen . . . welcome to our support community! I have no experience with the meal-replacement shakes, but I am on metformin 500mg x3 per day, and I follow quite a low-carb diet (50-60g per day). I do not restrict fats in my diet, but I've also lost 30+ lbs. since diagnosis. My meals & snacks consist of meat/poultry/fish, cheese, eggs, nuts, avocados, leafy greens, artichokes, asparagus, etc. I use no potatoes, rice, etc., and very few bread products.

I was diagnosed about a year ago & have gained good control of my glucose - targeting 80-130, and averaging about 110.

Let us know what your doctor has to say & how this works for you.

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You can read about the diet, i'm a new member so cannot post links yet but you can google the "how to shed middle age spread and it should come up, it's at the dailymail website.

I'll also paste a snippet of it here,
THE SIX-WEEK PLAN
WEEKS 1 & 2:
RULES
Have three protein shakes a day (recipe below).
Have just one meal a day, combining protein with fruit and vegetables low in starch and sugar (see suggestions).
You are not allowed alcohol, caffeine, or unnecessary medications, unless prescribed by your GP.
Drink plenty of water.
Get seven hours' sleep a night.
Add a little salt to your diet (to restore fluid balance).
Take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, ideally one aimed at the over-50s, plus 400mg of potassium magnesium (to replace lost minerals and prevent tiredness and muscle cramps) every day.
You eat only the one specified meal (no dairy) and the three shakes - nothing else.

POWER UP! PROTEIN SHAKE
180ml (6 fl oz) water
2 tbsp double cream or premium coconut milk
1-3 scoops low-carb whey protein powder (from health food stores). If you weigh 9st and under, use 1 scoop; 9st-12st 7lb, use 2 scoops; 12st 7lb and above use 3 scoops)
2 tspns leucine powder (approx £8 for 250g from bodybuilding sites on the internet) 10-12 ice cubes
1-2 tspn low-calorie sweetener (opt)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. The shake can be infinitely varied by using different-flavoured protein powders (usually available in vanilla, strawberry or chocolate), substituting cold decaf coffee or low-cal drinks for the water, throwing in a handful of frozen berries instead of ice, and switching sugar-free flavoured syrups (caramel or hazelnut ,for instance) for plain sweetener.

So I went out and bought Leucine ($50), low carb whey protein (1 g sugar, 35 g protein) ($32), potassium and centrum over 50 multivitamins.
Before I start this diet i wanted to check if someone has tried a very low carb - high protein diet while on METFORMIN?

Also at 35 g of protein per scoop, this thing is saying to have 100 g of protein per shake, 3 times a day, sounds a bit high to me. I was thinking i'd just go with 1 scoop per shake... 35 g of protein is a LOT in one go. i'm exercising but I'm not pumping iron or anything so don't think I need to go so high protein.
Anyone can give some advice? I am going to run this by my doctor but wanted to see if anyone has already tried this.
Thanks for your replies.
Your diet sounds like Optitrim. Optitrim requires that you see your doctor once a week since the protein shakes and just one meal don't usually provide the daily nutrients that you need. I see that you are taking a vitamin supplement. That is a good thing.
 

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high protein diet..

Hello i have been diagnosed for almost 5 years now and originaly i went w the high protein diet kinda like Atkins and shakes..
it worked great for 3 years and lost a total of 96 lbs.
Then something changed i started gaining weight and i started going all over the place w my numbers A1c and after seeing lots of Doctors my Endocrinologist told me that my diet made me insulin-resistant almost to the point of me doing extremely high doses of insulin R ( the quantity that kills )

I strongly suggest you follow up this regimen w ur doctor (if its an Endocrinologist even Better cause some Doctors believe that if you loose a few pounds u will be good and dont worry about anything else..)
just my 2 cents..
 

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Good to have input from someone who's been there, done that. Thank you, Eorellana, and welcome to our support forum. We'd like to have you come visit again & get better acquainted. Always helps to have more experience & knowledge on the board!

Thanks for joining us & take care,

 

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Six-week plan

Stephen, this is the eating plan "Six week cure for the middle aged middle". isbn#0307450716 - you can find it on amazon.

It was developed by the authors/doctors who 20 years ago developed the Protein Power eating plan, Drs. Michael and Mary Eades. go to protein power dot com.

thx, typeogirl
 
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