Apologies for posting a rant, but I just need to get it off my chest. DESMOND - grrrrrrrrr Went to a full day DESMOND course last week, which was all about getting us onto a traditional weight loss diet, with hardly any mention of lowering carbohydrate intake at all, apart from one exercise asking us to guess 'How many sugar lumps are in these foods?' There were numerous exercises using plastic food items aimed at us learning what was 'healthy'. We were repeatedly told 'We never say 'no' to anything, but all the usual advice to cut fats in order to cut calories was built into the course. I left feeling very disheartened, and it was very hard to refocus on low carb eating, despite having had such a good result from my first couple of months. (HB1ac down by 5 and 3 kg weight loss). I won't even attempt to describe the 1:1 session I had with a health adviser the very next day (by complete coincidence) as part of the 'Healthy Living' course. Same message - 'You have made yourself ill' and 'You must lose weight by eating what we tell you'. The emotional effects of a diabetes diagnosis were mentioned both times, but apart from a few sessions of counselling through IAPTS, there is no emotional support on offer. I've got nearly 40 years of traditional dieting behind me, the overall result being that I've almost doubled my starting weight. I feel so discouraged that this is all that's on offer, and completely insulted by being given plastic food to play with as if I was at primary school!