Fast Weight Loss Diets

Of all the fast weight loss diets this has got to be the best. I use it and it works a treat. In fact when my sister saw me after I had been on the diet for 3 months she said I should not stay on it much longer or I would become too thin!

The Fast Diet as it is called is described by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer in their book:

The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer (10 Jan 2013)

Its strength lies in its simplicity: fast for 2 days a week limiting your calorie intake to 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. On the other five days you can eat as normal. 

Men love this diet and are able to follow it because it is uncomplicated and easy to stick to. 

Checking your calorie intake is no problem once you have a list of the foods you think you will enjoy on fast days along with how many calories each contain. I have listed a variety of foods and their calorie content on the healthy food list page. 

The best way to explain the diet is to recount how it worked for me. Because I wanted to monitor my progress (most men enjoy playing with facts and figures), I set up a simple spreadsheet to record various aspects of the diet and how my body responded.

 Below are the results from when I began the diet on 10th April 2013 until 2 weeks later

In just 2 short weeks I had lost 1.6kgs, my waist had shrunk 3cm and my Body Mass Index (BMI) had dropped from 24.34 to 23.84.

I also recorded what I was eating every day and I soon got to know roughly how many calories I was consuming with the foodstuffs I enjoy on fast days.

It is important to start the day with breakfast and a typical one for me was:

Yoghurt/honey/tea/orange juice

The yoghurt was low fat and sweetened with a teaspoon of honey. I had only a small glass of orange juice to keep the calories down. I had a little semi-skimmed milk in the tea as I am not keen on drinking it black although I might make an exception for Earl Grey tea.

Lunch was the least important meal and usually comprised a piece of fruit such as an apple or banana.

The evening meal often contained one of the following fish/chicken/omelette/beans. With perhaps a small salad or vegetables.

Because I love cooking and wanted the fast day meals to be as tasty as possible I would spend some time devising a variety of recipes, adding herbs and spices and exploring low calorie versions of well known meals.

After 3 months on fast weight loss diets I noted with satisfaction from my records that I had now lost 7.1kgs, my waist had shrunk to 89cm and my Body Mass Index (BMI) had dropped to 22.13.

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In conclusion I can heartily recommend the fast diet as it does exactly what it says it will. I found that on non fast diet days I was eating less with smaller portions without feeling in the slightest bit hungry.

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