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Series: Healthy Living to a Ripe Old Age

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We live in a world where people are getting fatter by the minute. The so–called ‘Western diet’ is cutting the average life short by 12 years – through heart disease, diabetes and stroke. It’s called metabolic syndrome.

Berni has struggled with his weight almost all his life – but having lost 25 kilograms, he is now living a healthy lifestyle.

In this series – he shares what he’s learned.

Episode 1. It's Time to Look at Your Body

A hundred years ago, obesity was rare, and diabetes, cardio vascular disease and cancer were even rarer. Today – two thirds of people in the west are overweight and heart disease is the number one …

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Episode 2. My Top 3 Secrets for Losing 25 kgs

I’ve lost 20 kg, that’s 45lbs of weight, more than 7 times in my life and each time, I’ve put it back on again, until a few years ago, so today I’m going to share with you my top 3 secrets …

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Episode 3. Food, Exercise and Ageing

At some point we all grow old. But the latest research is telling us that there are some important things that we can do to slow down that ageing process. And that might just be a bit interesting to …

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Episode 4. Your Body is Not Your Own

Cigarette-smoking is a tragic addiction which is claiming way too many lives, both across the developed and the developing worlds. As we chat on the program today about living a healthy life to a …

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Hi Berni
I ordered the book you have recommended me by Dr. Michael Mosley. However, the more i read book the more i realize that it is basically concentrating on the people with diabetes. I got my blood sugar levels done and they are perfectly ok. Please guide.

Berni Dymet

Hi Evisha. No salt has nothing to do with weight gain, except that it may cause you to retain a little more water. That’s why people with high blood pressure need to be a bit careful with salt. Salt basically has zero calories – no calories, no weight gain. I don’t have any blood pressure issues, so I use it whenever and however I want.


Thank you Bernie!!

Evisha soneja

Hey Berni God bless you for such a worthy article….actually I wanted to ask you that I’ve heard that salt is also responsible for weight gain…is it true?…..then how should we season our veggies

Berni Dymet

Joana, I only eat real fruit and in small quantities. I stick away from no car a Dan hi sugar fruits like mangoes, pineapples, ripe bananas etc and go for low sugar fruits. Berries are very good. I buy mixed frozen berries and have 100 grams most days with some Greek yoghurt. They are high in antioxidants. A small amount of fruit each day is good. But overloading in fruit just fills you with sugar.

Joana Rodriguez

Hello Berni thank you so much for publishing this article it is in fact really inspiring, i just have one question, do you eat actual fruit? if you do what kinda of fruit?

Berni Dymet

Natasha, that’s very simple. Firstly, we’ve eradicated many of the diseases that used to kill people – typhoid, smallpox, polio, hookworm, etc, etc. Also, in the Secondly, medicine has become very good at prolonging life. For instance, even though the rate of heart attacks has gone up drastically, medicine has become much better at saving those who have heart attacks. The point is that we want to stop things from happening in the first place. Diabetes has increased fourfold since 1980 (http://m.smh.com.au/nsw/the-diabetes-epidemic-up-to-half-a-million-australians-have-this-deadly-disease-without-realising-it-20160407-go0ns1.html). So, that’s the answer.


Hi Berni,

I liked everything you said and thank you for inspiration. I have just one question. You are saying our grand grand parents lived in a world where diabetes, heart disease and stroke were very rare. But how to explain the longevity of life that was very much significantly shorter than now? Think about it..what did they die of and why 40-50 years was an average life span? Looking forward to your answer.

Berni Dymet

Shobha I know how you feel. That leveling out is so discouraging. But first, congratulations on the huge amount you have already lost. Well done!! And not to eat roti or rice in India is a huge thing (I travel to India a lot so I get it!). I have a suggestion for you that I know will work. Go to Amazon and buy Dr Michael Mosley’s book “The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet”. He is often on the BBC and is excellent at garnering the latest research into practical solutions. That’s what he’s done in this book. Really, really worthwhile and I can tell you firsthand it works. Blessings, Berni


Hello Bernie,
I am 25 yrs old female. I have lost 30 kgs weight. As of now i weight exactly 80 kgs but i don’t look like i weight 80 kg, it looks like i weight 100 kgs. People appreciate me for losing 10 kgs of extra weight and when i tell them that i have shed 30 kgs they don’t believe me. Infact some people have told me that ” i believe you have lost some weight but definitely not 30 kgs”. Its kind of demoralizing. Some of my acquaintances weigh more than me but still they have leaner body than mine. I understand every individual body structure is different. I don’t know where i am going wrong. It would be a huge help if you can guide me. Its been 10 months i have not even touched sweets and i avoid taking carbs also. However, i have 1 bread (wheat roti, staple food in India) twice a week in afternoon. No white rice or any kind of rice, pasta. I don’t eat meat, eggs and fried stuff. I don’t eat means i seriously don’t eat. I exercise regularly (20-25 days a months).
I hope you understand what i am trying to convey here.Please guide!!
Thank you.