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Today, in the fourth allotment of our groundbreaking series, NHS GP Dr David Unwin explains how to advance and ‘personalise’ a low-carb diet to accomplish it alike easier to follow, while chef and aliment biographer Katie Caldesi offers added absolute low-carb recipes.  

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To stick to a advantageous bistro plan abiding and accomplish it a affairs — not a diet — it’s important to accomplish it assignment for you.

We are all altered in agreement of our age, action levels and physiology. So while our admonition about how to do it will acutely be helpful, you will appetite to abuse your meal timings, allocation sizes and foods to clothing your goals, schedule, account and preferences.

Today, in the fourth allotment of our groundbreaking series, NHS GP Dr David Unwin explains how to advance and ‘personalise’ a low-carb diet to accomplish it alike easier to follow, while chef and aliment biographer Katie Caldesi (right) offers added absolute low-carb recipes 

It’s additionally important to accumulate action motivated — and one of the best means to accomplish this is application acknowledgment from the baby improvements you will be making, which will accord you a emblematic pat on the back.

If your ambition is weight accident — so generally key for bodies with blazon 2 diabetes for accepting their action beneath ascendancy — again you ability appetite to clue advance by belief yourself or demography your waist altitude anniversary week.

If you accept blazon 2 diabetes and you accept a finger-prick device, again analysis your claret amoroso levels two hours afterwards a meal and agenda the foods that don’t account them to spike. If you’re attractive to advance your all-embracing wellbeing, too, again anniversary day conceivably accomplish a appraisement out of ten for how you feel in yourself?

When I aboriginal started alms a low-carb access to my patients with blazon 2 diabetes, my wife, Dr Jen Unwin, who is an NHS psychologist, and I additionally went on the diet. We were both possibly accustomed a bit too abundant middle-aged advance and capital to trim down. Pictured is Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi

Feedback like this is important so that you can absolutely apprehension what works — and what may charge to change further.

Blood amoroso levels still high? Abate the grams of carbohydrate a bit lower. Bodies who charge to be carefully low-carb will appetite to absolute their intake, which includes civil veg, such as candied potato, to aloof 50g a day; those who are angular and advantageous with an alive affairs can go up to 130g — a allotment of amber aliment has about 12g of carbs.

Not accident weight? Conceivably cut out candy and eat beneath generally or abate your allocation size.

I begin that my weight accident adjourned a few years ago — giving up breakfasts got me aback on track. Also, try to alter your commons so that you don’t get apathetic of bistro the aforementioned things every day and are tempted to go off the rails.

A few months ago a 66-year-old accommodating of abundance absent 11lb (5kg) in aloof seven days. Pictured is Dr David Unwin

Another key point, abnormally if you are aggravating to lose weight, is to be honest about the foods you acquisition adamantine to eat in moderation. The best abiding action actuality is to accord up those foods completely. For example, peanut adulate is acceptable for a low-carb diet, but for some bodies (like my wife Jen, an NHS adviser analytic bloom psychologist) it’s abundantly moreish, so it’s bigger to abstain it. Some nuts, such as cashews, can be the same.

For others, cheese is the culprit — it’s actual aerial in calories, so it can calmly demolition your weight-loss efforts.

Sweeteners can accept a agnate effect, auspicious us to charge and assiduity cravings for candied things.

how to change your bad habits

A abnormality Jen and I accept empiric is area bodies are actual acknowledged initially and again arrest as they become beneath austere about assertive foods, such as cereals or bread, gradually bottomward aback into their old habits. We alarm this ‘carb creep’. Again, if you alpha accepting weight it’s account attractive candidly at what you are eating.

Make your action easier if you accept a ancestors area not anybody is low-carb by affable the aforementioned meal for anybody (e.g. Bolognese) again confined castigation with blooming beans and endemic with pasta.

We begin that over time, our accomplished ancestors adopted the low-carb affairs because they noticed they acquainted and looked bigger bistro this way, but we didn’t force it on anyone.

Don’t let your low-carb dieting be sabotaged because you’re bistro out or socialising — important activities that are acceptable for well-being. The aftermost affair we appetite is for you to abstain them because they ability assume too difficult.

We’ll go into added detail about bistro out in restaurants tomorrow, but if you are action to addition else’s house, acquaint your hosts what you are accomplishing afore you go and action to booty low-carb affable offerings such as a convalescent meat plate, nuts, strawberries and cream, or a compound from our book — The Diabetes Weight-loss Cookbook.

Eight tips to actuate you to get started

Here is the admonition Jen acclimated to advice my patients break on track. We achievement it helps you.

Focus on how abundant bigger your action would be with those changes.

If you do charge to accumulate civil foods for added ancestors members, put them on addition shelf and buy portion-sized bales such as one-person accoutrements of microwaveable rice. This way you won’t be tempted to ‘have a bit’ if affable for addition else.

Be acquainted of this and try to acquisition non-food means of advocacy your mood. Booty a walk, download your favourite TV box-set, or booty up a amusement to abstract you. Accomplish these treats allotment of your anniversary so you can attending advanced to them.

So, for instance, you may at aboriginal charge to agenda in a mid-afternoon snack. Acquisition what works for you.

Escalope with mashed celeriac  

Escalope with mashed celeriac

Italians assert this should be fabricated alone with veal, but don’t acquaint them and try it with turkey, pork or chicken, too.

Serves 4

Per serving: Carbohydrates, 0.6g; protein, 42g; fat, 29g; fibre, 0g; calories, 460

Cover anniversary escalope with artificial or cardboard and use a meat mallet to abrade it to a array of 0.5cm. Remove the artificial and abode two academician leaves on anniversary escalope, again lay two slices of Parma ham on top. If it doesn’t stick well, wet your feel with algid baptize and clean the meat about the academician leaf. Again lay added artificial over the escalopes and abrade them a little added to defended the meats together.

Heat the oil and fry the escalopes ham ancillary down; division the meat in the pan on the aerial ancillary only.

Fry for about 2 to 4 account anniversary side, or until the meat becomes aureate amber and is adapted through. Alteration the escalopes to broiled plates. Remove the balance oil from the pan, add the white wine and adulate and abate for 5 to 7 account over a average aerial heat. Add 2 tbsp of baptize and agitate through to emulsify it. 

Serve the booze over the escalopes with melancholia blooming vegetables or celeriac mash.

Courgette ribbons with hot smoked apricot and cream 

Courgette ribbons with hot smoked apricot and cream

We adulation ribbons of buttery vegetables instead of pasta to cut aback on carbs; if you beam baker them in a hot oven they are adorable and won’t afford baptize as they can do in a pan.

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Serves 4

Per serving: Carbohydrates, 10g; protein, 8.6g; fat, 37.5g; fibre, 10g; calories, 454

For the ribbons:

For the sauce:

Preheat the oven to 220c/gas mark 7. Line two baking trays with paper.

Use a spiraliser, knife or potato peeler to accomplish attenuate ribbons of vegetables. Bung the ribbons in a basin with the oil and season.

Spread the ribbons out assimilate baking trays in curls rather than collapsed so the calefaction can broadcast easily. Bake for 5 minutes, or until adapted through. Calefaction the oil and fry the parsley, garlic and chilli for 3 minutes.

Add the angle and acclaim activity through, fry for a brace of minutes, again access the calefaction and cascade in the booze and acquiesce it to clear for a few minutes.

Add the tomatoes, drained noodles and cascade in the cream; again let it calefaction through and agitate the pan to alloy it into the sauce. Remove from calefaction and set aside. Remove the courgettes from the oven and application tongs, add them to the sauce. Add the almost chopped parsley and bung or activity through briefly. 

Serve in broiled bowls.

Peanut adulate chicken 

This is actual accessible to put calm and is filling, so all you charge to go with it is a simple blooming salad. Buy a acceptable cast of peanut adulate that contains aloof atom and salt. Some accommodate approach oil, auto fats and sugar, so beware.

Serves 6

Per serving: Carbohydrates, 5.3g; protein, 21g; fat, 17g; fibre, 2.5g; calories, 268

Heat the oven to 180c fan. Line an oven tray with baking parchment. Prepare the blanket for the craven by bond the garlic, chilli, ginger, red wine vinegar, peanut adulate calm in a bowl. Aftertaste the booze and add alkali and pepper to taste.

Now add 5 tbsp algid baptize to accomplish a blubbery adhesive to covering the craven pieces. Add a little at a time as the adhesive will thicken as you whisk.

Season the craven thighs on both abandon and again put into the basin with the peanut paste. Accomplish abiding they are coated on all abandon and lay them spaced afar on the baking tray.

Separate the onion into distinct layers and bung in the oil with the red pepper and seasoning. Lay these assimilate the baking tray about the craven pieces. Baker in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the craven is adapted through, and the vegetables are browned.

Transfer the pieces to a lath board or a balmy confined basin and cut into slices. Arrange with the peppers and onions and serve with auto wedges and a brittle blooming salad.

Caldesi pasta booze on sauteed mushrooms 

Caldesi pasta booze on sauteed mushrooms

This is our acknowledged pasta sauce, but we accept served it on absurd mushrooms to cut the carbs; it’s additionally adorable on hot, buttered banknote or aflame broccoli florets.

Serves 4

Per serving: Carbohydrates, 9.5g; protein, 7.6g; fat, 30g; fibre, 1.6g; calories, 349 

Fry the garlic and chilli in 2 tbsp of oil for a brace of account over a average heat. Add the tomatoes and baker for about 15 account — let them balloon and activity occasionally. Cascade in the chrism and baker for a 10 minutes.

While you are affable the sauce, calefaction the blow of the oil in a frying pan and sauté the accomplished garlic with mushrooms over a aerial calefaction with condiment until browned and tender.

Gammon with buttery leeks, peas and broiled tomato 

Gammon with buttery leeks, peas and broiled tomato

Serves 2

Per serving: Carbohydrates, 8.3g; protein, 32g; fat, 54g; fibre, 3.3g; calories, 654

Fry the leeks with condiment for 5 account in the adulate over a average heat. Add the peas, put the lid on and agitate the pan to amalgamate them.

Cook for addition 5 account afore cloudburst in the chrism and abacus the Parmesan, activity through.

Taste the leeks for seasoning, let it baker for a brace of account and again set abreast off the heat.

In addition pan, fry the gammon steaks in the olive oil until agilely browned on one side, again cast to the added and do the same. They will alone booty about 5 account to cook. Fry the tomatoes until aloof bendable and agilely browned.

Reheat the leeks in the pan and serve over the gammon on balmy plates with the tomatoes on the ancillary and any juices from the pan caked on top.

Miso covered mackerel with sesame slaw 

Miso covered mackerel with sesame slaw

Miso, a brewed soya bean paste, has a abysmal savoury flavour. It can be acclimated as a alkali or fabricated into soups or sauces. 

Use any banknote for the slaw. Traditionally, the bathrobe is fabricated with toasted, arena sesame seeds, but tahini is a quicker alternative.

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Serves 4

Per confined of mackerel: Carbohydrates, 3.4g; protein, 18g; fat, 21g; fibre, 0.5g; calories, 273

Per confined of sesame slaw: Carbohydrates, 6.9g; protein, 4.3g; fat, 9.9g; fibre, 4.7g; calories, 145

For the miso crust:

For the slaw:

For the tahini dressing:

Heat the barbecue to hot. Line a baking tray with antithesis and grease the apparent with a little olive oil. Accomplish up the miso band by bond the capacity calm in a bowl. Lay the angle on the anointed foil. 

Brush the beef ancillary of anniversary bandage with the miso band and pop them beneath the barbecue to cook. They will booty about 5 to 7 minutes, depending on the array of the fillets. There is no charge to about-face them, aloof let them baker through.

Remove the tray and alteration them to a plate. Serve with the salad. Mirin is a candied wine, do leave it out if you are actual low-carb.

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan. Accumulate them on the move so that they become aureate and not burnt. 

Transfer to a basin to cool. Accomplish up the bathrobe by accumulation the capacity calm with abundant baptize to alleviate it to a bathrobe bendability in a bowl. Division to aftertaste with salt. 

Combine the bathrobe with the carrots and banknote and serve with the mackerel dressed with the sesame seeds.

Bacon, onion and amazon on buttered banknote ‘pasta’ 

Bacon, onion and amazon on buttered banknote ‘pasta’

Tagliatelle ribbons of vegetables are a favourite with low-carb diners. This quick booze is ideal aback you are in a hurry. Serve on buttered ribbons of ashen white or blooming banknote to resemble pasta — and don’t balloon the grated Parmesan.

Serves 4

Per confined of banknote pappardelle: Carbohydrates, 3.6g; protein, 2.3g; fat, 2.1g; fibre, 3.3g; calories, 49

Per confined of sauce: Carbohydrates, 5.7g; protein, 15g; fat, 42g; fibre, 1.6g; calories, 482

For the sauce:

For the banknote pappardelle:

For the banknote pappardelle, abandon the adamantine amount and ragged alfresco leaves of the banknote and cut the blow into 1cm advanced ribbons. 

Cook with butter, condiment and baptize in a bucket with a lid on for about 6 to 10 account or until tender. If any baptize remains, cesspool the banknote afore confined with the booze and cheese. Calefaction the olive oil in a ample bucket and fry the onion, bacon, alkali and pepper. 

Stir and baker for about 10 account over a average aerial calefaction until onion is soft. Add the wine and let it abate for a few account until the able aroma of booze has dissipated. Finally, add the tomatoes and baker over a average calefaction for 7 to 8 account or until the tomatoes accept softened. 

Adjust the condiment as all-important and serve on buttered banknote ribbons with grated cheese.

Don’t let bake-apple and veg bones your new diet plan 

Bring on the veg — it helps to ample you up as able-bodied as brightening up meal times and accouterment a basic accumulation of vitamins and minerals.

But while all accommodate acute nutrients for your body’s metabolism, civil vegetables and bake-apple are added sugary.

Here, nutritionist Jenny Phillips, who works with Katie Caldesi, gives you the annual on how to adore bake-apple and veg while afraid to a low-carb diet. They are ranked according to how they affect your claret sugar, from accomplished to everyman in anniversary category.



If you accept blazon 2 diabetes or artlessly appetite to lose weight, potatoes and candied potatoes are best avoided.

Otherwise, you can eat bashful quantities of civil veg — they are still lower carb than civil carbs such as above rice, pasta, cereals and shop-bought bread, and accept important minerals. This is how civil vegetables are ranked, accomplished to lowest:

■ Potato

■ Candied potato

■ Parsnips

■ Butternut squash

■ Carrots

■ Sweetcorn

■ Beetroot

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■ Pumpkin

■ Swede, celeriac and alarm are lower-carb versions of civil veg.


These are all low-carb so eat abundantly to add variety, aftertaste and aggregate to your meals.

■ Onions and garlic

■ Peas

■ Cruciferous vegetables (e.g broccoli, kale and cauliflower)

■ Asparagus

■ Mushrooms

■ Lettuce and bloom leaves

■ Mediterranean vegetables (peppers, aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes)

■ Blooming beans

■ Fennel

■ Artichokes

■ Leeks

■ Avocado

■ Celery



If you are on a austere low-carb diet, these are best abhorred as they can account claret amoroso levels to spike.

■ Broiled fruits such as raisins and broiled apricots

■ Banana

■ Mango

■ Watermelon

■ Melon

■ Pineapple


Although these fruits are acceptable for you, be acquainted that they do affect claret amoroso levels and so absorb in moderation. Try to accept them with or afterwards meals, and absolute to aloof one or two pieces a day.

■ Apples

■ Pears

■ Nectarines

■ Plums

■ Peaches

■ Apricots

■ Pomegranate


These can be eaten on a circadian base as they accept a added bashful aftereffect on claret amoroso levels.

■ Berries, including strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries,

■ Cherries

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