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May 14, 2013 06:20 AM

Diane Kress

Anyone with experience with or thoughts about this alleged miracle worker?

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  1. Don't buy anything with the word "miracle" in its title. Use your meter and modify your diet based upon your results in your body and with your metabolism.

    Her plan, based upon second hand info from her dissatisfied reviewers, is basically to adopt low carb habits long enough to restore insulin sensitivity, then wreck it again with high carbs, rinse and repeat. Thus, a vicious metabolic yo yo cycle is born.

    There's nothing complicated about glucose control and insulin sensitivity dieting; carbs make it worse, artificial sweeteners can, too. Real, wholesome foods that don't spike your blood glucose after meals are your best friend.

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    1. re: mcf

      Thanks -- and not to worry, I wasn't buying anything! I was just curious about the second step of her plan, the reintroduction of carbs business, which I, too, find troubling. And I'm also curious about her 5 hr plan -- that is, you should eat something every 5 hours (unless you're asleep) to avoid a liver dump. I often wake at night, but the idea of eating a snack and then brushing my teeth at 3 am seems a little much. So I was wondering if anyone had had any luck with that.

      1. re: Teddybear

        There is no such thing as a "one size fits all diet" plan. I like the way Protein Power was constructed, because it emphasized determining your lean body mass and eating protein based upon its maintenance (or building it) and because there wasn't a single scientifically inaccurate assertion that I saw in it. You can get it from your library, I'm sure.

        I don't know what the PP plan reads like these days, I've been at this about 15 years.

        People who don't run high glucose routinely don't have liver dumps. Her carb advise would lead to them because she doesn't control the amounts nor the quality very well.

        Eat proteins, you get steady lower glucose levels after meals, eat high glycemic, you get spiky ones.

        The more I read, the more FOS Kress appeared to be.

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        1. After a high blood sugar reading in 2010, I followed her diet for over a year. I did the 8 week no carb plan at least twice during that time, and I might have done it 3 times. I consider it brutal. I don't ever want to do it again.

          But I regard the second stage an absolute success for me. I still follow the plan, although less strictly than I have in the past. My blood sugar is stable, but I've added cardio to the mix and I honestly think that is as important to me as the diet.

          I learned a lot from doing the diet. But some of the requirements made no sense and she is a sort of perfectionist that demands if you make three slip ups in a week of step 2, you have to go back to step 1--the no carb plan for another 8 weeks. I think you could do step 2 right from the start quite honestly.

          Kress is a diabetic educator that has worked with diabetics and apparently has had successes. But her plan doesn't work well for everyone, and it seems to work less well for the those of us who are older. But, like I said I learned a lot, and I still follow step 2.

          1. Oh, and her cookbook is worthless.