October 22


007: Dr Chris Barclay – Beating Diabetes The Low Carb Way (Part 2)

October 22, 2020

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Dr Chris Barclay

 was brought up in Ipswich. He qualified as a doctor at Sheffield University in 1978 (the very same year he got married and Ipswich won the FA Cup - a rather good year). He worked for two years in Sierra Leone before before returning to Sheffield to starting speciality training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He swapped over to General Practice in 1989.

Chris Barclay is currently a GP and medical writer. His special interest in diet and health began with a chance encounter; a patient told him how he had lost weight by cutting out carbohydrate foods. Chris has researched the subject ever since. He was principal investigator for the ISAIAH-Project, a diet trial in pre-diabetic patients. His conclusion: processed carbs, starchy foods and sugar are the problem; they are driving our Diabesity epidemic. In his book, Beating Diabetes the low-carb way, Chris presents compelling and persuasive evidence and translated it into a practical and effective plan. Chris has written regularly for medical magazines, most recently The Practitioner magazine. He is the lead writer for MaPPs, a drug information website to help health care organisations (Hospital Trusts mainly) provide reliable, easy to read information on medicines that can be printed off for patients to take away (again, translational work). He worked for many years as  GP in Sheffield before moving back to Suffolk. He has worked most recently as a GP in Aldeburgh,

His new book Beating Diabetes the low-carb way collects the fruits of his research and enquiries in one place.

This is the second part of our interview with Dr Chris Barclay.

We start by touching on fruit and how the daily recommendation from the ‘Eat Well’ plate of ‘five a day’ came about.

We think of fruit as healthy but fruit has been genetically modified to be sweeter than it was before. If we are going to eat fruit - the best way to eat them.  

If you are confused about which vegetables are lower in carbohydrates, check out the Diet Doctor: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/vegetables 

The Diet Doctor has low carb fruits listed here: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/fruits 

We discuss the possibility of giving nutrition advice in the UK.

Dr Chris' Book

Beating Diabetes The Low Carb Way - Dr Chris Barclay


Resources Mentioned

Life without bread: How a Low Carbohydrate Diet Can Save your life by Christian B Allan and Dr Wolfgang Lutz


Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes 


Dr Zoe Harcombe PhD


The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz 


The Pioppi Diet by Dr Aseem Malhotra


The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer (5-2) diet


Robert Lustig video Sugar: The Bitter Truth 


Public Health Collaboration UK 


Lou Walker 


Dr Gary Fettke is an Australian orthopedic surgeon was investigated by the national regulatory body for lifestyle changes: 


Continuous Glucose Monitors 


Dr Chris' Top Tips

  1. Don’t rush in - work things out to ensure your success 

  2. Do it in stages - think about the ladder of low carb both external (white table sugar) and internal (bread, pasta, rice etc) 

  3. Cutting out the ‘drivers’ such as potatoes, bread, pasta, rice and carb counting.


"If I was looking back over the last 10 years, I wish I was doing then what I am doing now. That is being much more attentive to all the little sources of carbohydrates that can sneak in."

Dr Chris Barclay

"Low carb health benefits - and how come people just don’t get it.

It can save so much suffering in the world."

Dr Chris Barclay

"Don’t let your lapses become relapses."

Dr Chris Barclay

"Fruit is high fructose tree candy, it’s a confection"

Dr Chris Barclay

"When it gets into your bloodstream it is glucose and glucose equals insulin."

Dr Chris Barclay 

"Fasting is not about the calories, it is about the insulin.  When you’re not eating, there is no insulin. When I’m not eating I am not making insulin."

Dr Chris Barclay

"Carbs make you fat, it is not fat that makes you fat."

Dr Chris Barclay

"If you smoothie (your fruit) you are just going to mainlining it straight into you."

Dr Chris Barclay 

"Releasing fat is a fancy way of saying ‘losing weight’ so if you are eating carbohydrates then you are making insulin you can not lose weight at that moment."

Dr Chris Barclay

"You can only store fat in the presence of insulin. If you want to put weight on, make sure that there is insulin around.  If there is carbohydrates around, you are very likely to store fat and gain weight."

Dr Chris Barclay 

"If there are carbohydrates around and insulin around then you can not release fat, you can not lose weight."

Dr Chris Barclay

"I am weak willed, one of the biggest hazards is the whole Christmas holiday and beige buffet!"

Dr Chris Barclay

"Think about it holistically, it is about a lifestyle, it is not just about cutting out an ingredient for a period of time."

Dr Chris Barclay

"To ensure you have success with having someone guiding you or helping you or at least a partner on the journey someone that you can chat through things with."

Dr Chris Barclay

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