Intermittent fasting is currently one of the most talked about eating regimes, thanks in part to Dr Michael Mosley. Six years ago he published the 5.2, a diet under which you rapidly reduce your calorie intake to just 500-600 calories per day on two 'fasting' days and eat normally for the other five. It became very popular. Mosley has just published a new rapid weight loss programme, Fast 800 (Short Books, £8.99), so we caught up with him for the launch to find out how it differs to his previous plans. Part 1: 800 calories per day for at least two weeks The Fast 800 is a three-pronged attack for weight loss. In the initial stage you eat only 800 calories each day for at least two weeks (in some cases longer), he explains, depending on how much weight you want to lose. This time, alongside his book, Mosley has also created the Fast 800 digital lifestyle programme (£99), a 12-week online support plan which allows people to tailor the approach … [Read more...] about Fast 800: Dr Michael Mosley on his new rapid weight loss diet
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EATING high levels of fibre slashes the risk of early death by up to a third, a major study reveals. Experts found that whole grains, nuts and beans protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and bowel cancer. The Lancet study found people who ate the most roughage — 35g daily or 18 Weetabix — cut their early death risk by between 15 and 30 per cent. The average UK adult has around half this. The team from Otago University in New Zealand analysed 185 studies and 58 clinical trials. It revealed those who ate plenty of fibre were less likely to be fat and had lower blood sugar and “bad” cholesterol. Experts claim fibre takes longer to chew and digest, helping people feel fuller - which then helps them to eat less. It also boosts good gut bacteria, slashing the risk of bowel cancer. Scientists say thousands of lives would be saved each year if everyone ate 25g to 29g daily. Prof John Cummings, of Dundee University, said: “Reaching these levels is … [Read more...] about 90% of us aren’t eating enough fibre – but adding carbs to your diet could save your life
The holidays tend to be a season of indulgence, but you can make it through without gaining weight by incorporating an occasional fast day into your seasonal schedule. Fasting to improve health dates back to ancient times. Greeks such as Hippocrates and Plato fasted, as did ancient Christians and Israelites. I practice regular fasting as well. Fasting can mean anything from abstinence from food and beverages to restricting specific foods or the hours of food intake. For instance: • The popular 5:2 diet calls for fasting two days of the week, but not completely. Instead, you eat one-fourth of your typical daily calories, which is roughly 500 calories for women, 600 calories for men — and eat what you want the remaining five days. • The 4:3 plan involves fasting on alternate days. • Time restricted eating involves eating only during certain hours of the day, typically six to eight hours of the day, and fasting the rest of the time. There are a lot of animal … [Read more...] about Health Benefits of Fasting
Health Diet diet and nutrition Fasting intermittent fasting Fasting diets have been hailed as a panacea for weight loss and good health in recent years, despite a lack of concrete evidence to back up such claims. Now, a new study on rats has suggested that fasting diets could increase a person's risk of developing diabetes. A team of Brazil-based scientists have warned that fasting every other day could affect how the body releases insulin, the hormone that helps the body to process sugars, raising the risk of diabetes. The team presented their findings at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, The Guardian reported. Popular fasting diets include 5:2, where calories are restricted for two days a week; alternate-day fasting where individuals eat normally every other day; and 16:8, where food is consumed in a daily eight-hour window. Such diets have been linked to weight loss, increased life expectancy, lower blood pressure and … [Read more...] about 5:2 and Other Intermittent Fasting Diets Could Raise Risk of Diabetes, Scientists Warn
Health diet and nutrition Diet intermittent fasting Fasting Live longer, lose weight, boost your health and eat what you want most of the time. The promises of much-lauded intermittent fasting diets are undeniably attractive, and growing evidence suggests that these on-off regimes could be healthiest way to feed ourselves. But are they too good to be true? Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various regimes where food is consumed during set times. The popular 5:2 diet, for instance, involves dramatically restricting calorie intake for two days of the week and resuming recommended levels the rest of the time. With 16:8, food is consumed in a daily eight-hour window, while followers of alternate-day fasting eat normally every other day. Studies have linked fasting to weight loss as well as major health benefits, from cutting the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer to boosting life expectancy. The latest … [Read more...] about Intermittent Fasting: Are 5:2, 16:8 and ADF Diets Really the Healthiest Ways to Eat?