We’ve published a number of posts on this site about intermittent fasting (IF) and believe it is a very interesting approach to health and weight loss – especially, it seems, in conjunction with a low carb approach. The BBC brought IF to the mainstream last year with a Horizon documentary (sadly not available online) featuring presenter Dr Michael Mosley who lost weight and improved his health markers significantly following his version of IF (also known as the 5:2 diet) which comprises two days per week of fasting with no restrictions the rest of the week. Now Dr Mosley has published a book on the approach called The Fast Diet. Here’s the blurb from Amazon…
This radical new approach to weight loss is the diet that everyone is talking about. It 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.
We think intermittent fasting has real value and particularly like the approach of Dr Mosley with 2 days fasting per week. It is much more manageable than, for example, alternate day fasting yet seems to deliver substantial results.
We were, however, disappointed with the obligatory ‘recipe plan’ part of the book contributed by co-author Mimi Spencer as it is all about glycemic index and glycemic load. Whilst these might be helpful concepts for some, it is not, in our opinion, what IF or Dr Mosley’s approach is all about.
What’s more, if you combine IF with a low carb diet rather than worrying about GI we believe the results are likely to be much more impressive.
Indeed, there is even interesting research suggesting intermittent low carb dieting can be highly beneficial for those who cannot manage to do it all the time (low carb just two days a week beats calorie restriction all week).