Patrick, known for his low-GL or ‘slow’-carbohydrate eating plan, has been developing, testing and improving this approach for 30 years, while Jerome Burne has spent the past five years investigating the science, research, and politics behind the ketogenic, high-fat and low-carb diets.
The Hybrid Diet consists of alternating between two eating plans – firstly a carbohydrate-free, high in healthy fats ketogenic diet, and secondly a low-GL, wholefood and wholegrain carbohydrate diet. You alternate these diets for the first two weeks; after that, the diets work on a rotation of one week of ketogenic diet followed by three weeks low-GL diet, and so the cycle repeats.
“Think of these two diets as doing nutritional yoga and keeping your metabolism flexible. When you stop eating carbohydrates for a week (the ketogenic diet), your muscles burn fat for energy, including your own body fat, and your cells are rejuvenated. When you then switch to the low-GL diet and eat low-GL carbohydrates (whole foods and not refined) in the right quantity, your glucose level stays even, and you feel satisfied,” says Patrick.
Patrick has created a simple, summarised video explaining the Hybrid Diet theory – watch it here!
The Hybrid Diet will be available in May here in SA at leading bookstores nationwide and includes a diverse range of nutritious and practical recipes for breakfasts, snacks, lunches, dinners and drinks.
“In our book, we explain how and why combining a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet and a ‘slow-carb’ diet does more for your health and weight management than just one of these diets on their own,” says Patrick.