What is the Fast Diet?
A quick way to lose weight? How fast?
I found out about The Fast Diet when a friend mentioned that she was starting it a few weeks ago. I had never heard of it, and frankly, I wasn’t really planning to get back into a fitness programme. I had been completely committed and motivated for 3 years and lost a grand total of 2.4 lbs! (Yes, you heard right. 3 years… not weeks… not months…years.) I had pretty much had it with all things fitness because nothing seemed to work for me! When I went to the GP and talked about it, I told her I had tried everything from 1200-1400 calories restriction, working out 6 days a week, to teaching a hoop fitness class for two hours a week! Still, the weight wouldn’t budge. She suggested that I might need to go as low as 500-600 calories per day, and that some people just needed less to achieve a healthy weight. I was stunned, and you know what? I really, REALLY did not want to restrict what I ate THAT much. So I didn’t. I gave up. I did not make peace with my body either.
So, for the last 4-ish years I have been in a constant state of hating my body and feeling hopeless to be able to do anything about it. I have watched friends and family try various regimes and lose weight. I have done my best to smile and be encouraging and celebrate their successes, while inside I’ve died just a little bit each time. I’ve cried in secret. I’ve prayed and then cried some more.
Despite all this, I’m ever the research hound and I can’t help myself from finding out about new things, so I half-heartedly googled The Fast Diet. I found out that it was a book which was the result of a research documentary on the BBC by Dr. Michael Mosley called ‘Eat, Fast, Live Longer’. Here is the book description on Amazon:
THE OFFICIAL 5:2 DIET
IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT WELL, MOST OF THE TIME, AND GET SLIMMER AND HEALTHIER AS YOU DO IT?
WITH THE FAST DIET IT IS.
This revolutionary new approach to weight loss really is as simple as it sounds: you eat normally five days a week, then for just two days you cut your calories (500 for women, 600 for men).
Scientific trials of Intermittent Fasting have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off but also lower your risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Dr Michael Mosley, the medical journalist whose BBC Horizon programme alerted the world to the Intermittent Fasting phenomenon, presents the fascinating science behind the 5:2 diet. Mimi Spencer, award-winning food and fashion writer, explains the practicalities of how to go about it.
The Fast Diet also includes a calorie counter, full colour section, and a whole section of Fast 500 and Fast 600 menu plans which will enable you to incorporate this groundbreaking weight-loss system into your daily life.
It seemed interesting, so I looked up the documentary and found I could watch it online. What I learned made me go out and buy the book…immediately.
Aside from the thought that I just might be able to lose weight by cutting my calories on only two days a week, (only TWO?? Really?!)… the health benefits sounded absolutely amazing. I am at high risk for diabetes, heart disease and have asthma. My picture of health in older age is not a good one without some intervention. If this eating strategy could cut those risks for me as dramatically as they claim to, I’d be more than willing to give it a shot. What could it hurt, right?
So, last week, I did it.
I started 5:2 Intermittent Fasting.
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