The Fast Diet

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

fast dietThe Fast Diet is built around the concept of intermittent fasting.

Michael Mosley, the books author, wanted to see if all the health claims made about the benefits of intermittent fasting were true.

He put himself on The Fast Diet as a investigative experiment for his BBC documentary, Horizon: Eat, Fast, and Live Longer.

He claims that eating this way caused him to lose weight and keep it off, while improving his overall health.

Fast Diet Basics


The 5:2 Diet Plan

The basis of The Fast Diet  revolves around the 5:2 eating plan. This involves eating normally 5 days per week and fasting 2 days per week.

Michael Mosley believes that humans were designed for fasting and states the following:

We evolved at a time when food was scarce; we are the product of millennia of feast or famine. The reason we respond so well to intermittent fasting may be because it mimics, far more accurately than three meals a day, the environment in which modern humans were shaped.

Fasting Days

During the two fasting days, women should consume no more than 500 calories each day and men should consume no more than 600 calories. The calories can be consumed all at once or split up. Mosley split his calories into two meals consisting of 250 calories for breakfast and 350 calories for supper.

The Fast Diet provides dieters with 40 fasting day meal recipes that are easy to make and includes pictures of what the meals should look like.

It doesn’t matter which days of the week a person fasts as long as 2 days are devoted to this practice.

500-calorie-meal

A picture of a 500 calorie meal from the book.

Normal Days

During the 5 normal days of The Fast Diet, it’s important that dieters eat in moderation and are encouraged to eat healthy. There are no forbidden foods, but dieters shouldn’t eat more calories than they are using for the day.

The book includes a calorie calculator so that dieters can accurately set their normal day calorie amounts, which varies according to gender, weight and height.

Health Claims

Besides weight loss people on The Fast Diet may experience the following health benefits:

No Forbidden Foods

Michael Mosley believes most diets fail because people don’t do well with restrictive diets. Therefore, The Fast Diet is all about calories. Healthy foods are encouraged, but are not necessary to experience the benefits of intermittent fasting.

Typical Fasting Day Meal Plan

First Meal (250 Calories)

1 cup of coffee
1 medium apple
1 boiled egg
15 almonds

Second Meal (250 Calories)

1 cup green tea
1 banana
1/2 cup tuna on 1 slice of rye toast w/mustard

Exercise with Caution

Dieters are encouraged to be active, but exercise isn’t emphasized in The Fast Diet.

Strenuous exercise should be avoided during fasting days.

Expenses

There are no other expenses related to The Fast Diet other than the cost of the book which retails for $24.00. However, dieters may want to visit their doctor for blood tests prior to starting the diet to establish a health profile baseline.

Click here to purchase this diet for a discounted price. The even cheaper kindle version can be downloaded here.

Interview with Michael Mosley

Pros

  • Non-restrictive
  • Weight loss possible
  • May improve health and longevity
  • Some may find it easier to stick to
  • Backed by some solid research

Cons

  • Exercise isn’t emphasized
  • Unhealthy foods aren’t forbidden
  • Health claims aren’t yet scientifically proven
  • Fasting days could be difficult for some

Intermittent Fasting Isn’t New

The concept behind of The Fast Diet has been around for some time, however, because of Michael Mosley’s media connections he has been able to document and publicize his version quite well.

The fasting days will be difficult for some, especially during the first several weeks until the body adjusts to this new way of eating.

Hopefully further research will continue to support the health benefits many attribute to this diet.

Other Popular Fasting Diets

The 8 Hour Diet

Eat Stop Eat

Every Other Day Diet

 

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Fiona Burnett

    The trouble is low IGF-1 is a marker for Osteoporosis. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men will have a fracture during their lifetime owing to poor bone density (which falls with age). After a hip fracture quality of life drops (many are bed bound) and the mortality rate is high. See the national osteoporosis society for figures. Life is never black and white. Nothing is the perfect panacea. The body is amazingly complex and we still know so little about it really. Surely a balanced diet of the right number of calories daily remains the best route to health.

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