A teacher who weighs 14.3 pounds has been left astonished after being told that she was ‘at serious risk of developing diabetes’ after gaining 9 pounds at exit.
Katie Holmes, 34, appears in the new Channel 4 documentary How to Lose A Stone in 21 Days, which airs at 9pm tonight as she desperately tries to reduce the weight she gained by staying at home with her family during the coronavirus pandemic.
After a series of intensive health checks with Dr. Michael Mosley, at his clinic in Buckinghamshire, is shocked to learn that she is prediabetic, and reveals, “If I continue to eat as I have eaten, and snack as I eat, it will be a downward spiral for me. ‘
The doctor advises her to follow an 800-calorie diet, leaving her cookie habit behind her and saying, “These are really grim numbers. It’s kind of shocking, but I think we caught it at the right time and we can change it. ‘
Teacher and mom Katie Holmes, 34, is stunned after coming to Dr. Michael Mosley at his Buckinghamshire clinic and learning that she is prediabetic on Channel 4’s How to Lose A Stone in 21 Days
Katie, who is one of the five volunteers to appear on the program, admits she had indulged in the coronavirus lock in recent months.
She participates Dr. Michael Mosley, creator of the 5: 2 diet, in his Buckinghamshire clinic to help change her lifestyle and lose weight.
She blames the weight gain for adapting to spending all day with the family, rather than completing her usual school routines.
She explains, “I think I gained weight during the closing, mainly because I was just at home with my kids. They take a snack, I take a snack.
Katie joins five other volunteers in the new Channel 4 series as she tries to lose the weight she accumulated during the coronavirus lock
“I want to set a good example for my children, I want to be there for them in so many years. I don’t want to be unhealthy and not around. ‘
The volunteers have had a series of blood tests and then had a full health test to find out what lockdown damage needs to be undone.
What is prediabetes?
Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.
In prediabetes, blood sugar is abnormally high, but below the threshold for diagnosing diabetes.
If your blood sugar is above the normal range, your risk of developing complete diabetes increases.
It is estimated that about 5-10% of people with prediabetes will progress to “full-blown” diabetes in a given year.
It is very important that diabetes is diagnosed as early as possible because it gets worse if left untreated.
They are assisted by Michael, as well as his housewife Claire, who is also on hand to help with the experiment.
Tests include whether they are at risk for serious conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
Meanwhile, another test also checked for asthma and blood pressure before weighing them.
After studying the numbers, Dr. Mosley admits he’s “shocked.”
He reveals, “I think if I tell them some of them will be deeply, deeply shocked, because in some cases the numbers are much worse than I feared.”
He says, “We have one person who is well on their way to diabetes and there is an extraordinarily high cholesterol level between these parties.
“If they follow this path, they can become seriously ill in the future because they are overweight, especially around the intestines.
“And they are young and their bodies are already screaming at them,” This is no good. “
“There are a few cases where we urgently need to do something about their lives.”
Meanwhile, Katie says she’s determined to change her life for her kids and reveals, “Family is everything to me, it’s my life.
“If I keep eating the way I eat and eating snacks the way I ate, it will be a downward spiral for me.”
She adds, “I want to show them a healthy lifestyle for them.”
Dr. Michael gathers the group in the garden and thanks them for participating in the experiment before explaining, “The broad reality is that you all fall into the obese category.
“You all have a BMI over 30, except Aiden. That puts you at significantly higher risk for a number of things. Good thing we’re going to make it. ‘
Dr. Michael recommends volunteers follow an 800-calorie diet every day to lose their weight while his wife Claire prepares meal plans for the group
Meanwhile, he continues to tell Katie, “When you look at your blood, the most noticeable thing is that your blood sugars are elevated.
“You are in the prediabetic range. There is a serious risk of passing on type 2 diabetes.
“That will cut ten years off your life, double the risk of dementia, double the risk of heart disease, all sorts of great things. It increases the risk of amputation by a factor of 17.
Diabetes and coronavirus
Patients with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to die from coronavirus – and being obese increases the risk even further, today’s research shows.
One third of the deaths from the virus have occurred in people with diabetes, which is linked to obesity and lack of exercise.
The NHS and Imperial College London study also found that people with type 1 diabetes – unrelated to obesity – were three and a half times more likely to die.
The findings provide further evidence that certain groups of patients are at a much greater risk of fatal complications.
“It’s something you can avoid and that you can do it.”
He adds: I don’t want to worry you, but I want you to be motivated. ‘
Katie says it’s “a huge motivation,” admitting, “I was actually a little shocked.
“I didn’t expect to hear prediabetes. I think I associated it with much more obese people, much older people, so as a 34 year old I didn’t want to hear that.
Michael explains, “The reason we do this is not about vanity, but completely about your health. But it will be a tough old job.
He tackled the diet by proposing to cut out the comfort foods and eat just 800 calories a day instead with a high-protein, low-carbohydrate meal plan.
He says, “What I want to do is make sure that you no longer mainly burn sugar, but also burn fat.
“But if you eat the right things, it’s a really quick way to charge and change things and what’s great is that you won’t be hungry in a very short time.”
For Katie, it’s the cookie habit to kick with Dr. Michael who asks her to remove all sweet treats from her house.
He asks her to stamp the cookies as a symbolic gesture and explains, “The reason I asked them to do this is to take away the temptation. if you leave seductive things on the surface, the more you see them, the more likely you are to eat them.
“It’s the first line of a diet – get them out of the house.”
The doctor tells Katie he hopes his revelations about her health will motivate her to lose weight and become healthier
During the first week of the experiment, Katie admits to surprising herself with how much she enjoys the food.
But she also reveals that she has become dizzy by the end of the day, and reveals that she misses her usual habits.
She explains, “Normally I come down and drink a big milky cup of tea with lots of cookies to get me through to breakfast.”
She adds that she desperately wants to see the results of her dieting effort and says, “I’ve always had excuses in the past for not sticking to diets. Being a mother, being busy, being tired.
“And I feel it is really time to change. When I heard that my health had been so badly affected, I got the motivation I needed to continue and change. ‘
How To Lose A Stone in 21 days With Michael Mosley starts at 9pm on Channel 4