Blogging about books – The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet by Michael Mosley

Okay, so I have a confession to make.  I said I wasn’t going to buy any new books until I’d read everything on my bookshelves.  However, most of my books are currently in storage waiting for our new house to be habitable so I had to buy new ones.

And I just can’t help myself.

So on to The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet, helpfully subtitled “Lose weight fast and reprogramme your body”.  For most of my adult life, barring a few months after my cancer surgery, my weight has tended to be a few pounds higher than I’d like but not enough to be an issue.  But for some reason, diet books fascinate me.

This one, as is common in the genre, takes a very simple principle and spins it out over 272 pages.

Eat less.  Drastically reduce carbohydrate intake.   Move more.

That’s basically the entire book reduced to eight words.  Okay, it adds a bit of science, a few case histories and some recipes, but you could really save yourself £8.99 by being too busy to read the science, googling low-carb recipes, keeping to about 800 calories a day and going for a walk.

In fairness, there probably is a need for a book of this kind – the principles behind it are sound and, if followed, could greatly reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.  It’s not the author’s fault that it’s so simple, and people are more likely to change their habits after paying £8.99 to be told to do so by an actual qualified (though non-practising) doctor than by getting the same information free (and considerably more concisely) by a pharmacist and hypnotherapist.

But what I’d really like to see is a book that would help Type 1 diabetics in the ongoing battle they fight with their weight as a result of their constant efforts to balance insulin with carbohydrate intake.

How about it Dr Mosley?