Reverse ageing: a chat with Dr Michael Mosley, the intermittent fasting guru
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- Published on Friday, 14 June 2019 12:02
- Last Updated on 14 June 2019
- Monica Costa
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Dr MM: The idea behind intermittent fasting is that you give your body a rest from having to digest food right around the clock. Our remote ancestors did not have access to food all the time. Instead they would have eaten and then gone for long periods without. Our bodies evolved in a time of feast and famine. One of the main benefits of intermittent fasting is weight loss. A study of over 200 women showed that those who did 5:2 (eating healthily 5 days a week and cutting their calories down to ¼ two days a week lost twice as much fat as those on a conventional diet; intermittent fasting has also been shown to reduce inflammation (helpful for rheumatoid arthritis) and blood pressure. There is some evidence that it can also reduce your risk of developing dementia.
Dr MM: Intermittent fasting isn’t suitable for everyone (see thefast800.com to see who should not do it). If you have a lots of weight to lose then I recommend starting with rapid weight loss (800 calories a day for a couple of weeks) before moving onto 5:2.
Dr MM: I also suggest you incorporate into your diet something called “Time Restricted Eating”. It is a way of extending your overnight fast. So typically people who do it will stop eating around 8 pm and not eat again till 10 am the next day. That way you have 14 hours without eating, followed by 10 hours within which you can eat. Time restricted Eating has been shown to be an effective way to lose visceral (gut) fat and reduce inflammation. The great thing is you can combine Time Restricted Eating with rapid weight loss or the 5:2 approach and it will make either easier and more effective. The health benefits include losing more fat than on a conventional diet, and an improvement in mood.
Q: You have written many books about fasting. Is each new book a more advanced development on the previous method?
Q: Who should not follow any fasting at all and why?
Dr MM: Fasting is not suitable for everyone and should be avoided by pregnant women and those who are already underweight.
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