- The basic principle to Fast Diet is to greatly reduce your calorie intake for varying periods of time. This method of fasting is not about starving your self without food for days.
- Intermittent fasting allows you to eat 2 or 3 times a day if your choose. It is very flexible.
- The Fast Diet method was made famous by Dr. Michael Mosley, a medically trained British Journalist. He made a BBC documentary about fasting called "East Fast and Live Longer".
- After looking at various methods, Dr. Mosley settled on the 5:2 Diet.
- The 5:2 Diet involves eating normally for 5 days and fasting for 2 days.
- The 5:2 Diet has results nothing short of amazing!
All diets work by consuming less calories than your body burns. Sounds simple in principle but in practice it is not quite that simple in my humble opinion. And I base that on years of experience and failed attempts to control my weight.
Fasting is no different to dieting, in that you reduce your calorie intake.
We are told that we should cut out sugary and fatty foods, eat a healthy and balanced diet, restrict our alcohol intake (yea right) and exercise several times a week. No cream cakes, fish and chips, crisps, Cadburys cream eggs or chocolate biscuits. McDonalds is out and so is pizza!
Problem is everyone knows once you ‘pop’ a box of Pringles you just can’t stop. It says it in the advert and boy is it true.
Whilst those with willpower may be able to control their craving for custard tarts and mars bars, people like myself who have the breaking strain of a kit-kat struggle to keep their grubby mitts out of the biscuit cupboard and off the scrumpy jack cider.
With intermittent fasting it does not matter, I do not feel guilty and then give up if I eat the odd family size bar of galaxy.
I am consuming less calories during fast days and, over time, as my stomach has shrunk I now eat less during the rest of the week as well. It is a downward spiral and, in this case, that is a really good thing.
I now choose to eat less crap and therefore my food choices have improved.
All of this adds up to a lowering of my body weight, BMI and cholesterol and a feeling of well-being that I have not had for some time.
The reality is, it does not matter how or why it works, the fact is I am continuing to lose weight and yet eating and drinking whatever I like on non-fasting days.
In my case, ALL of the side effects have been positive apart from having to buy new clothes as all my trousers are too big now. I have far more energy, feel great and enjoy walking and jogging again. I also have a feeling of achievement and proud of myself for making it happen.
There are many purported health benefits to fasting. Over the next few weeks we will go into a lot more detail of the tests that have been carried out and the results.