What do you think of the concepts laid out in the book "The Fast Diet"by Dr. Michael Mosley?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I was just watching the morning ABC News and they had a guest on, Dr. Michael Mosley, it was his first US interview.

From what it sounds like, it eases folks into intermittent dieting. He says 2 days of fasting are optimal and you eat 500 cal a day for women and 600 cal a day for men on the fasting days.

Has anyone read his book? Any thoughts or opinions?


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on March 19, 2013
at 03:19 PM

This basically seems like EatStopEat but with 500 or 500 calories instead of a complete fast. The basis is: IF YOU RESTRICT CALORIES, YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT. Restrict big 2 days/week + eat normal the other days = overall calorie restriction for the week.

Health benefits would coincide with those of fasting because your body gets a chance to rest and sort of "clear out" with only 500 or 600 calories, although a true fast brings the benefits of autophagy (controversial I know). Weight loss also contributes to many health benefits.

I would almost prefer a complete fast because once I have food, I usually want more, but that's just IMHO



on March 19, 2013
at 03:06 PM

Dr Moseley made a program for the BBC last year which started it all off - he was the Guinea pig, being close to diabetic but not especially overweight at the start (if I recall). At the end of the program he was "cured".

A copy was available on Youtube but I just looked and can't find it. It was called "Eat Fast and Live Longer". It was a very interesting and worthwhile hour so if you can find a copy take a look - there's bound to be one somewhere.

As far as the concept goes it made sense to me - we wouldn't always have had the option to eat x normal calorie meals a day, every day, year in year out so it's not abnormal.

The 2 fasting days are non consecutive and 5/600 calories each. 5/600 calories is quite a lot really - especially if you were to use them on eggs.

My 71 y/o neighbour does it now and his blood pressure dropped significantly enough that he could reduce his meds.



on March 19, 2013
at 02:02 PM

It's all the rage in UK. Promises 1-2 lbs loss a week on 2 non-consecutive 'fast' days, but these are 500 cals for ladies and 600 for gents...

Checkout the forums at http://www.52fastdiet.co.uk

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