The Millenium Diet: Insulin Lowering Approach

By Mel Thomassian (RD)

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The Millenium Diet was created by doctor Mark Davis, based on his own research into the diets of his patients.

While examining their diets, he noted specific foods and food groups which caused weight gain problems. Dr Davis found that when certain foods were reduced, or eliminated completely, his patients were able to lose weight loss at a rate of four to eight pounds per week. The book also includes a diet plan which can help you to lose up to 30 pounds within the first month of trying it.

And, although the idea that ‘slow and steady wins the day‘ is the conventional advice for losing weight, a recent study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, suggests that more rapid weight loss leads to better results in the long-run.

The Millennium Diet is basically a low-carb and high-protein diet. From the Millenium Diet website,

Insulin is a major factor in glucose metabolism. One of its lesser known functions is as a component of fat metabolism. When insulin increases this hormone sets off a cascade of other enzymes which enhance fat deposition in the body. The converse also occurs, because high insulin levels block the breakdown of fat. This program takes advantage of these facts by selecting foods that do not challenge insulin levels. Therefore, the body will burn fat instead of sugar. You lose weight.

A typical day on this diet might look something like this:

  • Breakfast: Egg white omelet with turkey bacon
  • Lunch: Green salad with grilled chicken breast
  • Snack: Almonds
  • Dinner: White fish steamed with lemon and herbs and a green salad
  • Finished off with a multi-vitamin and plenty of fresh water daily.

It sounds like just another low-carb diet plan to me, but what do you think of the idea that you can lose 30 pounds in one month – is that healthy, or dangerous?

The Millennium Diet is available on Amazon for $14.


  1. boros1124

    I think these books are not worth much. Up to a variety of dishes can be prepared from them. 5 times the normal weight loss per day should eat little, 2-3 liters of fluid to drink and move around, which can be up to walk. That’s the big secret, and not unhealthy. Of course, if someone wants to eat a variety of foods in the diet during the period, these books also come in handy.

  2. Susan

    I don’t think following someone else’s prescribed program is a suitable long-term solution for anyone. If someone really is eager for structure on how to get started, this or any other of several programs would probably be fine, but to make it work for the long term I really think each person has to individualize the plan for their own needs.

  3. Albert123

    Hi, there. I think that the Millennium Diet is just another fancy name for the low-carb and high protein diet. I won’t recommend it to people who are trying to lose weight in a healthy way.

  4. Michael Hines

    Hi there,

    30 pounds in a month can be good! It all depends on the body mass of a person. So I don’t believe that it is dangerous at all. I love the typical diet day and the food sounds good and healthy as well.

    I agree that insulin plays a major factor in our body shapes. Thanks for sharing this and I will sure to check out this diet!

    Take care


  5. Wet Wolf

    The obligatory response by folks now-a-days is to give healthy eating a fancy name ” Millimunimun diet, etc etc

    It’s called removing the dairy, processed & refined foods.

    Having fiberous, leafy, multi colored vegetabled with at least 3 of your meals.

  6. Ryan

    I am actually against the high-protein-but-low-animal-fat trend. Vitamin A in real retinol form is only found in animal fats, beta carotene conversion requires fats (but not a lot of polyunsaturated fat) in the diet, beta carotene conversion is poor in people with diabetes or hypothyroid (which I assume will encompass many people who want to lose weight), and protein digestion depletes Vitamin A.

    So you’re getting no real Vitamin A, you might not be able to convert Vitamin A precursor, and you’re eating a diet that depletes Vitamin A.

  7. Spectra

    The reason you lose the weight so quickly is because you are cutting out groups of food–aka, you are cutting a lot of calories that are causing your weight gain. Most “weight-gaining” foods are the ones that are high in carbs: cereals, ice cream, candy, donuts, cakes, cookies, chips, pretzels, bread, etc. Seems like kind of another one of those “no duh” plans to me.

  8. CarbSane

    This looks a bit like a protein-sparing modified fast! A low fat low carb plan that would drive the low carb web crazy.

    If someone is extremely heavy to begin with, 30 lbs in a month is probably reasonable on that plan. I actually ate a slightly higher fat diet while losing the bulk of my weight (whole eggs, red meat, salmon v. white fish, poultry thighs). I look at that menu and I think it would lack sufficient flavor for me to have stuck with.

    As a former champion dieter who could never maintain, I don’t see this as being any sort of “new prescription” for success. It seems rather overly restrictive. Might work well with a flex plan that included a carb-up or “free” day here and there.

  9. Lana

    30 lbs in one month is dangerous I think. That being said if you are extremely obese (400lbs or so) and you start moving your body when it has previously never been moved before and you start eating dramatically healthier, you will probably drop that much weight in the first couple days. Which I guess is okay. Is it sustainable? That is the big questions when you drop weight fast; will you keep it off?