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The Fast 800 Launched by Dr Michael Mosley
The Fast 800 Launched by Dr Michael Mosley


A book and digital programme The Fast 800 have been published by award-winning TV medic Dr Michael Mosley. 

Dr Mosley says that restricting calories to 800 for two days a week can lead to sustainable weight loss and doing this every day for 12 weeks can reverse Diabetes type 2 for some people. 

Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, and The NHS spends 10% of its budget treating it. Dr Mosley reversed his own diagnoses with the 5:2 Diet. 

The online programme has a team of healthcare experts to provide support and engagement for those participating.* It can help you slim down, supercharge your health and advocates Mediterranean-style eating.

Despite there being no long term studies, science suggests there are benefits to fasting.  Calorie restriction in rodents has led to neurogenesis and been linked to longevity in humans. 

'Ginger', who is 52 with type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia and high blood pressure said of The Fast 800
"After doing the programme, there were dramatic changes. I had a 48-inch waistline that now it is 43 inches. My HbA1c(2)  was at 7.9, and now it's at 7.2. My blood sugars went from 190 to 90-105, and I've lost 31 pounds. My blood pressure is normal, and I have never felt better in my life."

Mrs Bite spoke to Dr Michael Mosley about The Fast 800.

Why is 800 the ‘magic number'?
"I introduced the 5:2 in 2012 based on data from animal studies. Subsequently, a number of studies on humans showed that 800 calories can result in rapid weight loss and remission of diabetes 2 in some people. Professors Roy Taylor and Mike Lean at the University of Glasgow did a trial putting 306 people on an 800 calorie diet for 3-5 months. The disease was put into remission in 46% of the group. This led to NHS England committing to trial 5000 people with diabetes 2 on an 800 calorie a day diet. 

12 weeks on 800 calories is challenging ….
"That's for people who want to reverse illness. If you want to do 2 days a week you will see results too.  Our digital programme is designed to provide resources and support for people.”

The recipes on your site have lots of veggies and lean protein but what can folk grab on-the-go?
"When I spend long days filming I take keto shakes as recommended in The Blood Sugar Diet they have no sugar and lots of essential nutrients.”

What do you eat for breakfast?
"Eggs, kipper, porridge with some bran or walnuts, full-fat Greek yoghurt with berries.”

We know that complex carbs, like rye bread, are good for us but they would use up a good portion of the daily allowance of 800 calories. 
"Vegetables also contain carbs and fibre and have the added bonus of being very digestible and they fill you up. Real cocoa powder is also one-third fibre and dark chocolate (look for a minimum of 70% cocoa solids) contains fibre too!

Do you think fasting is for everyone? 
"No, and you should always consult your GP or health professional before embarking on any diet.” *

You include people suffering from depression as being one of the groups to benefit from The Fast 800, why?
"The Food and Mood Centre in Melbourne, Australia has found that a Mediterranean diet can help or even prevent depression.”

You recommend HIT (High-Intensity Training) as exercise in The Fast 800 but what about the physical and mental health benefits of longer exercise outdoors?
"Everyone can get benefits by incorporating an element of HIT. So if you are running, for example, make sure you do a 20-second sprint.  My wife and I race each other up escalators. "

Obesity is linked to poverty and your digital programme costs £99 – many people won’t be able to afford it. 
Yes that's true and we would like the NHS to adopt the programme. We hope to generate data to add to the body of evidence that will encourage the government to do this. 

Is there one thing you think the government should be doing to tackle obesity? 
The Sugar Tax is good. Ironically if it works we won’t have data.  I think in the future we will view sugar like tobacco. But we need a holistic approach to encourage everyone to reduce their intake. In Amsterdam, they have reversed childhood obesity and have had particular success with immigrant children in deprived areas. 

More information
The Book:  The Fast 800.  How to combine rapid weight loss and intermittent fasting for long-term health by Dr Michael Mosley, Published by Short Books, £8.99 in Paperback.  

The Tour: 
In February and March Michael Mosley will be embarking on a theatre tour around the UK.

A 12-week programme on www.thefast800.com costs £99 and includes:
•Personalised menus:  800 calories per day, 5:2, or a Mediterranean-style plan, all with vegetarian options. Your online personal assessment will determine the right plan for you (however, you can change your menu preferences at any time throughout the programme).
•A meal planner: swap recipes in and out, as it suits.
•Shopping lists that update when you change your meal plan.
•Nearly 250 easy-to-make and ‘taste great’ recipes.
•Exercise plans for the novice, confident and expert!
•Mindfulness guidance.
•A personal tracker.
•All-new handouts and a library of videos to support learning.
•An active forum of like-minded colleagues and dedicated health professionals.
Please visit www.thefast800.com to sign up.  

Before starting any new diet or exercise regime it is important to let your usual health professional know/consult your GP. The diet is also not suitable for under 18's, if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, undergoing fertility treatment. For those that are underweight, have an eating or psychiatric disorder, have heart problems or uncontrolled blood pressure.

(1) Podcast – Dr Rangan Chatterjee – Feel Better, Live More #44 How to Grow New Brain Cells with Dr Sandrine Thuret. 
(2) HbA1c is your average blood glucose (sugar) levels for the last two to three months

NHS Pilot 

DiRECT, short for Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial 

The Blood Sugar Diet 

The Food and Mood Centre, Melbourne, Australia

Reversing Childhood Obesity, BBC

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