I’ve only been transitioning to Dr. B’s program for a few weeks – with a BIG detour during the holidays, gah! I’ve only been back on track for a couple of weeks. I honestly don’t know if I can do his program or not. I have so much weight to lose (approx. 200 lbs.) that eating strictly the way he recommends feels almost like anorexia to me – a starvation diet.
However, I am trying to eat <= 15 gm of carbs at each meal (3 or 4 meals per day) and space my meals out at least four hours apart, so I’m never throwing more than 15 gm of carbs at my body at once.
I’ve seen a dramatic improvement in my numbers (of course) but nothing like 83 yet. More like 183 average (225 in the morning, 150 before dinner).
Of course, remember that Dr. B is type one and he doesn’t have my horrific insulin resistance. He’s also very, VERY slim and getting on in years, so he needs less food than someone who is still younger and more vigorously active (e.g. a construction worker, a letter-carrier, a coach – someone who is on their feet and moving constantly throughout the day.)
I look at his approach as being perfect for a retired type 1, difficult for a retired type 2 (due to insulin resistance) and a shining but perhaps unattainable goal for people who work full-time and have insulin resistance. I am not even trying to do his 7/13/13 because I’d be a raging witch at work and probably get fired in a week. Not kidding.
If I can get through the day on 35 to 45 gm of carbs (total) and get in a good, long walk five days a week and do some resistance exercise two days per week (crunches, bands, hand weights) and adjust my medication so it gets me close to normal but doesn’t kill me with hypos, then I’ll take what I can get. Whatever it is, it will be 150% better than what I was getting when I was trying (and failing miserably) at following the ADA (ahem) nonsense, injecting HUGE amounts of Lantus, gaining weight like crazy and STILL going dangerously hypo “for no reason” from time to time.
To me the KEY to Dr. B’s program is “The Magic of Small Numbers” as a principle, not a particular target number.