Book Review: The Fast Diet

The Fast Diet: How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight, Live Longer and Boost Your Brain. Michael Moseley & Mimi SpencerThe Fast Diet: How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight, Live Longer and Boost Your Brain. Michael Moseley & Mimi Spencer by Michael Moseley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I watched the Horizon programme during the summer and was intrigued by the concept of this approach to health and weight loss. Then I just happened to catch Michael Moseley on morning TV, talking about this book based on his findings during that programme. I came home and ordered it straight away.
The book gives a very good, jargon free explanation of why and how intermittent fasting works. It doesn’t go into too much scientific stuff so is ideal for anyone to read and understand. The benefits seem to be really good. Essentially it would be considered a way of eating in order to lose weight, but even if you are happy with your weight the other benefits are heart health, better long term memory, lower risk of cancer and Type 2 diabetes. It’s all good.
It does advise that Type 1 diabetics (I am one) should not do intermittent fasting but as I use an insulin pump rather than injections I can get away with it. I have only done one day so far to see how it would affect my blood sugars. I managed to keep them very steady until last thing before bed when they dipped too low and I ended up eating some biscuits. But I shall persevere!
On a “fasting day” you are restricted to 500 (women/ 600 (men) calories per day, for 2 days a week, but on the other days you can just eat what you like. So you don’t have to get into the mindset of having to think about calories for 365 days of the year. If you are used to eating a lot, 500 calories can seem like a small amount of food, but remember – the next day you can eat what you like.
The book contains sample menus for 10 days, and a calorie counter. It also has testimonials from people who started the plan after watching the programme and they have all made great progress.
Give it a go, it makes so much more sense than all the other “faddy diets”.

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