The fast diet is the latest diet that promotes the concept of intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight and improve health.
Author, Michael Mosley, wrote the book after he investigated this method of eating for his BBC documentary Horizon: Eat, Fast, and Live Longer, which explored the health claims related to the concept of fasting a few days per week.
Mosley believes that this is how humans have evolved to eat and developed under a feast or famine scenario, so therefore, our bodies still function best when this practice is utilized.
The Fast Diet Revolves Around the 5:2 Plan
The Fast Diet involves no complicated meal plans, forbidden foods lists, or special exercise routines.
Mosley says that dieters can lose weight and improve their overall health by simply eating normally 5 days per week and fasting 2 days per week.
By eating this way he was able to lose weight and improve his blood pressure, blood glucose levels, IGF-1 levels, and have more energy.
The Fasting Days
The Fast Diet restricts calories to just 500 for females and to just 600 daily for males. These calories can be split up or eaten all at once. The book includes forty 500-600 calorie meal ideas with photographs.
The Normal Eating Days
For the other 5 days, dieters simply eat normally and can enjoy all the foods they love. However, dieters can’t overeat, but have to adhere to the recommended normal calorie amounts by using the included calorie calculator.
Weight Loss and Improved Health
Beside losing about a pound a week, Michael Mosley says that dieters following The Fast Diet could experience the following heath benefits:
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased longevity
- Better blood glucose levels
- Less risk of diabetes
- Less cancer risk
- More energy
- Lower IGF-1 levels (hormone believed to be responsible for aging)
Is There Research to Back This Up?
Mosley traveled throughout Europe and America to interview scientists that were conducting research on fasting as it relates to longevity and health. A couple of the studies referred to are:
- Research performed by Professor Valter Longo, the director of the University of Southern California’s Longevity Institute.
- Research conducted by Dr Krista Varady of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been testing Alternate Day Fasting on human volunteers.
However, there still isn’t enough scientific data to be entirely conclusive as to the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting Could Work
Any diet that causes dieters to consume less will most likely result in some weight loss. People who can’t follow restrictive diets may be more successful on The Fast Diet since fasting is only 2 days a week and there are no forbidden foods.
However, dieters would be wise to eat healthy on normal days to increase their weight loss efforts and increase the chances of their overall health being improved.
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