Insight: Beating diabetes with Dr. Michael Mosley – full episode online

Here’s a new 50-minute long video featuring Dr. Michael Mosley, about how to beat type 2 diabetes. It focuses on intermittent fasting using the 5:2 method, i.e. two days of severe calorie restriction per week.

I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting for reversing type 2 diabetes, but I’m not a fan of calorie counting. It’s not necessary – there are way simpler and more effective ways to do intermittent fasting (see below).


How to Cure Type 2 Diabetes

What is Fasting? – Dr. Jason Fung
How to Maximize Fat Burning – Dr. Jason Fung
How to Fast – The Different Options – Dr. Jason Fung


How Antonio Reversed His Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution – Brilliant Short Video

Skipping Breakfast Does Not Lead to Eating More


  1. bill
    Wow. I can't believe how much bad
    information there is in that video.
    They demonize meat, salt and fat
    equally with sugar. They have an
    advocate for an 8 week 800 calorie
    a day diet. Their experts all seem
    a bit clueless and it results in the
    audience admitting that they are
    still confused. Nothing to learn here.
  2. Belinda
    Yes, exactly what I thought Bill....I can't believe Andreas or the string of so many others in the obesity and diabetes field haven't been treated to be interviewed on public TV shows....instead it seemed like amateur hour, so disappointing.
  3. Jocelyn
    Whilst I agree with the previous two comments, I can't help but think anything that opens the discussion about diabetes/obesity on mainstream media will eventually bear fruit and open the topic for more serious evidence and debate. 800 calorie diet? I couldn't do it.
  4. Murray
    I thought the program was well done. Mosley presented a low-carb diet with intermittent fasting. His review of foods on the table was entirely in line with LCHF. The science presented by Dr. Roy Taylor was entirely in line with Dr. Jason Fung. The 800-calorie diet was only for 6 or 8 weeks as an alternative to shorter total fasting; it was not recommend as a permanent diet. The goal was not so much to lose weight as to lose liver and pancreas fat through a fasting protocol that significantly reduced fasting insulin.

    An interesting dynamic was the participation of the president of the Australian Diabates Assocation, who had differing views. The camera repeatedly zoomed in on him as Mosley went through the food table saying certain foods, which the website of the diabetes association said were to be preferred, were terrible. So the producers were looking for a visible action, demonstrating that the producers of the show were sympathetic to Dr. Mosley.

    The fellow from the international diabetes organization was likewise chanting cant from the old hymnal. Mosley and Taylor were politely accommodating, trying to emphasize common ground. It would be interesting to learn the political dynamics behind the scenes.

    I thought the moderator was superb.

    Reply: #5
  5. bill
    So you think meat, salt and fat are
    equally as bad as sugar?

    He may have presented a low carb diet, but
    not a high fat diet. What do they
    suggest people eat after the 8 weeks
    on the starvation diet? They had nothing
    to offer on that score.

    You seem to think there was a clear
    message from the show, but members
    of the audience stated that they were
    still confused.

    I think shows like this cause more
    damage than not having them at all.
    People with cognitive dissonance
    tend to give up and this show fostered
    that, just as the disease maintenance
    associations such as the ADA and
    AHA wish (credit to Bob Niland).

    Reply: #6
  6. Murray
    "So you think meat, salt and fat are
    equally as bad as sugar?"

    No. I think you either misinterpreted Dr. Mosley or are referring to the views of the diabetes associations. Mosley was only talking about fasting in order to reduce insulin and reduce liver fat and pancreas fat (deferring always to Taylor on the science). You can't eat a lot of meat and reduce insulin, so reducing meat as part of a fasting protocol makes sense. To fast one has to reduce calories, so fat needs to be reduced, but Mosley emphasized several times not to consume low-fat foods. By touting a Mediterranean style diet he was not advocating low meat and fat, as a genuine Mediterranean diet has both. I don't recall Mosley said anything about salt.

    The clinical experience of Dr. Fung is that low-carb, high-fat often is insufficient to reverse frank type two diabetes. One needs to go the extra step to fasting protocols and that means reducing meat and fat. Mosley did not address a maintenance diet, as that was not the focus of the show. The focus was on a fasting diet protocol to reverse type two diabetes, rather than just "manage" it.

    Sure people were confused because the diabetes associations are spouting nonsense. People are trained to uncritically accept medical "authority" yet the authorities appear to be demonstrably wrong and talk out the side of their mouths when confronted.

    Reply: #7
  7. bill
    Wow. You got all that out of this
    video? Your perceptual abilities
    are different from mine.

    "...genuine Mediterranean diet..."
    Sounds like "No true Scotsman." (wiki)

    "...focus was on a fasting..." So, if
    they didn't say what to do after the
    fast is over, then what good was the

  8. Eric
    What works for you?
    I mix Dr. Richard K bernsteins low carb with intermittent fasting PhD Kristi Varady every other day 500 to 600 calorie

    Result is about 80% fat 16.666 % protein and 3.333 carbs on eat days and a 500 to 600 calorie soup on modified fasting days
    Salmon stock seaweed salsa Sourcream

    I have fasted longer but this works for me. I aim for 1800 calorie egg and butter and coffee breakfast on eat days and 1800 calorie beef and veggie dinner.
    175 pounds for six feet is not to low and not to high.
    Some like me are fine with the same routine
    USE TO BE 360 plus pounds

  9. Carol
    I agree with Murray. I think the programme was well done. Obviously everyone has a long way to go but the public discussion has begun. Dr Mosely and Dr Taylor chose not to rub diabetes Australia's noses in their mistakes. The public will hopefully continue to do that as the realization finally starts to dawn that we have been sold a lie for TOO long.
  10. Raj
    It's a very effective diet.
    I started at 100kg.
    8 weeks later I was 82kg.
    The key is that the diet isn't really all that restrictive and it's only for 8 weeks.
    Once you break off from high intensity carbs a couple of days later the visceral desire for the carbs calms down. The key is using protein and fat for satiety but also lots of vegetables for flavour and for meals to be larger - and drinking lots of water - as sometimes we confuse thirst for hunger.

    I'd very strongly recommend it.

  11. Selena
    I watched the video and don't see an issue. The doc looked at people going on severe calorie restriction after bariatric surgery. I would rather try the 8 weeks and obtain same results without surgery. People having the surgery have to have 2 weeks before and 2-4 weeks after (depending on doc) of liquid chicken broth diet to shrink the liver to allow doc access to stomach and then the broth to allow stitches to heal. If this works too then why not? Then he says switch after 8 (a minimum of) weeks or more when ready to the Mediterranean diet. What is difference between this video and pre/post op requirements for people who have the bariatric surgery. Why not try this 1st?
  12. Kate
    I thought this video was chaotic and unhelpful. The talk show format was painful, and I thought that no one watching would come away with useful information except that to manage diabetes you must lose weight, and according to the two people on the 800 calorie diet, it's a miserable experience.

    This is the first thing i've seen on which disappointed me.

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