May 22 Hybrid Retreat Success – 50kg Lost in total

Last week 18 people assembled at Fforest Barn Retreat to attend and complete Patrick Holford’s 7 day Hybrid Diet Retreat. The first five days followed the 5 Day Diet principles, eating 800 calories of low GL, very low carb foods – a specific diet to induce ‘autophagy’ which triggers the body to rejuvenate cells, as well as losing weight. On the weight front the group lost 50kg in total, with an average of 2.8kg, almost 7lbs as an average. The greatest loser was Charles who lost 1 stone (14lbs).

Tracy, a Type-1 diabetic, maintained the diet without requiring her usual three times daily insulin top ups illustrating how powerful this approach is for controlling blood sugar as your body switches over into producing ketones, as shown in the graph below.

Everyone was in ketosis within 24 hours and in the autophagy zone on days 3,4 and 5, with blood ketone levels being at least half glucose levels.

Energy scores went from 4.7 out of 10 to 7.2 out of 10; pain from 3.8 to 7 and brain fog from 3.8 to 6 out of 10. But the benefits of ‘autophagy’ comes in the weeks that follow as the body builds new energy factories, the mitochondria in cells.

We had great massages, walks, talks, hot tub sessions looking out over the Black Mountains with a daily chorus of birds, including cuckoos. We saw wild horses, deer and even an otter and a partridge!

Further Information

To find out more about retreats and upcoming dates view Events. More on how to do the diet can be found under The 5 Day Diet topic.